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How thick is ski pole tube wall?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Just wondering, has anyone had a chance to see? I found a deep gash on my aluminum pole, maybe 0.5mm or more, but haven't penetrated the wall yet. I'm just wondering if I should replace it, since I obviously don't want it to fail suddenly and end up stabbing myself with a sharp stick.
post #2 of 6

Depends. There are different thicknesses.  I used to bend poles constantly until I got a pair of upmarket Scotts (no longer made) that have lasted forever.  My BD Traverses are bomber as well--I've run over them with my car twice. The obvious answer is to try bending it with moderate force--if it buckles you have your answer, if they seem solid keep using them. 

post #3 of 6

if you are fearful, use duct or packing tape over it, so if it does snap there, it will reduce the chances that it will break completely to impale you.


Edited by raytseng - 1/29/13 at 4:08pm
post #4 of 6

Ski poles are typically about 18mm in circumference... Using that as a reference point, I'd guess that the walls are between 1-2 mm thick. That said, if you have an actual gash in your pole, it's probably worth picking up a new pair. A decent pair of aluminum poles can be relatively inexpensive.

 

If you do decide to grab some new poles, shoot me a message. We can get you set up with a pair from www.skiessentials.com for a pretty good price.

 

-Matt @ Skiessentials.com

post #5 of 6

I just broke some fancy poles (Swix Mach IPM Carbon composite) last week, and on bottom wall is about 2mm thick. On top of the pole it probably gets a bit thinner, since there's some extra shape to make pole stronger, but considering this is SL pole, which survives quite a bit of gate banging, I would assume it's not much less then this on top either. On the other side, top of the line XC skiing carbon poles are less then 1mm thick, but they also break in second if you hit somewhere :)

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. I think I'll just retire my current pair after this season, new aluminum isn't expensive as mentioned, and the gash is pretty deep.
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