Although a starting price of $85 is a little above average for ski poles, Panda Poles are not average ski poles. Rather than being made in a factory in China by someone who could care less about skiing, Panda Poles are hand crafted in the Wasatch by free skiers and mountain mystics! If breaking is of concern with bamboo ski poles, don't worry! These are the most durable intergalactic bamboo ski poles in the Universe! We put a "Single Season" 180 day warranty on our sticks. And not only does bamboo grow faster than aluminum or carbon fiber, it is just dead sexy compared with the other two options.
In testing our bamboo (a very durable species), we've found that it frays into small strands of grass, rather than sharp shards, with little risk of stabbing.
Panda Poles are customizable with 3 choices of basket, 3 choices of grips, 3 choices of straps, and 2 choices of bamboo, with prices ranging from $85-$145.
So not only are Panda Poles extremely durable, hand crafted, customizable, and dead sexy, they also feature the world's first Zero Drag Powder Basket, which works incredibly well on powdery traverses, but never snags in trees or rocks. These baskets were designed for skiers like Oakley White-Allen, Mark Abma, Drew Tabke, Julian Carr, and a whole list of athletes who choose to ski with the poles.
We at Panda Poles know the guys at Soul Poles and love what they are doing. These guys are the real deal and have an amazing manufacturing process, molding their own grips out of rubber regrinds, in house. We make our poles in a 130 sq. foot trailer with very little overhead, while they have a multi thousand square ft. warehouse and machines that are worth more than our whole operation. We at Panda view them as complimentary rather than competitively: Both companies are pushing the same message, have the best intentions in mind, and each one fills a specific niche in the market, while simultaneously promoting sustainable living. And we aren't alone in bringing back bamboo. Spirit Creations out of Washington were the first guys to bring this concept back to market back in 2010.
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The Most Durable Intergalactic Bamboo Ski Poles in the Universe!
So although bamboo poles are nothing new, Panda Poles puts a twist on the concept, fusing tradition with technology, while keeping ecological sustainability first in mind. Be sure to check out all of our videos on Vimeo, keep up with us on Facebook, and we hope to get a pair of Pandas in your paws sometime soon!