EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › First set of ski poles?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

First set of ski poles?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

My grown kids are finally done with lessons and got boot fitted yesterday. Took a while, but worth every dollar and the 2 hours that it lasted. Now we will be moving on to skis and poles... Lets talk about ski poles for adult intermediate skiers that are looking at their first pole purchase. What say you about price and quality level ? Thanks...

post #2 of 16

It seems to me that length is the big question.  Almost all poles are good enough.  You can get some for pretty cheap after peak season.  Both aluminum and composite have their proponents.  One thing to look at is the diameter of the baskets: big for powder, narrow for hard snow, interchangeable even better.

 

There are some good prices right now at Level Nine Sports, among other places.  Beware that not all composite is carbon fiber; some composite are not very light.

 

Here is a calculator that can estimate pole length.

post #3 of 16

I will say if possible buy/size the poles in a store.  

 

The style of the grips+placement of the basket+creative measurement of length can make a brand up to 2" longer/shorter than another brand.

That being said, it's not too hard to cut down poles if needed (but you can't make them longer).

 

Just start with your typical scott alumninum poles with the graphics that match the outfit.  Also scott is your rental shop staple, so you should have a pretty good idea of what scott pole size works. It doesn't have to be expensive.  The general consensus is that pole choice is the least amount of difference in your ski purchase.

post #4 of 16

Buy cheap ones because they will get pretty beat up in the first year.

post #5 of 16

Doesn't really matter with poles, just don't get Scott because they'll break. Even if you leave them behind a locked glass case and never touch them, they'll break. All you should really worry about are getting the right length and something with a comfortable grip. As for length, I believe it's holding your arm at your side, elbow bent at 90 degrees, and pole should touch the floor, but idk if that's with ski boots, shoes, or nothing. Better to go too short than too long. I would also suggest not starting kids on poles until they're pretty accomplished skiers, that way they won't get to rely on them too much.

post #6 of 16

Havent used scott ones, but I would consider them because: 1) Lots of people swear by them in the internet 2) I often see around prety beaten up scott poles in the slopes (so they do keep going, at least some of them) 3) They publish some strength rate of the material of the poles in their website (the diametrical opposite of Salomon, for example). The top ones are supposed to be on par with the strengthness of Alu 7075-T6, although that's only one of the factors in a pole...

 

 

Think "get something cheap" is pretty sound advice

post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeganFreeskier View Post

Doesn't really matter with poles, just don't get Scott because they'll break.
Rubbish.
post #8 of 16

Poles are a personal preference.

 

I look for stiffness (I like long poles).

I dislike composite (damage can cause failure, don't want to have to replace).

I dislike soft flexible poles (associate it with soft weak materials).

Don't care about wt (long poles and a free upper body workout smile.gif).

Like good grips (important to me, gotta be able to hold them all day).

Name (some poles are the exact same with difference labels on them, not all, but some).

 

Cost.  Pay what you think your preference is worth, but get your preference, you have to ski with them day in and day out.

post #9 of 16

I bought my Scott poles on Amazon and got a great deal.  Just make sure you are getting the right length if ordering online - get sized up at a ski shop.  I think you should have your kids start to use poles as soon as they can so they can progress. Have fun!

post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by djw04002 View Post

I bought my Scott poles on Amazon...get sized up at a ski shop.  

Really?
If your ski shop is any good, just go ahead and buy the specific pair right there.   If it's still in business, it should be decently price competitive, so  the prices shouldn't be overly inflated as compared to online savings.

And you are sure of the poles you are getting and a live human to complain to should an issue come up.

post #11 of 16

 

Quote:
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtcyclist 

 

Quote:

Quote:
Originally Posted by VeganFreeskier 
 
Doesn't really matter with poles, just don't get Scott because they'll break.

 

Rubbish.

 

Exactly.  I have a pair of Scott Series 3 poles that I've been using for over 500 days of patrol work - pounding fences and posts with them and using them as handles for being towed and all sorts of things that would make your hair curl.  Tough stuff.  

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by djw04002 View Post

I bought my Scott poles on Amazon and got a great deal.  Just make sure you are getting the right length if ordering online - get sized up at a ski shop.  

 

Oh, pet peeve!  No, don't do this.  If you get sized at a ski shop, buy them at that ski shop.  The ski shop lays out real money to have those poles in stock and hire people to help you. You are taking unfair (to put it mildly) advantage of them if you use them to size your gear to buy elsewhere.  Very poor form - only jerks or oblivious people do that.  

 

I can't believe I'm posting in a pole thread.  Must be a slow night on the interwebz.  

post #12 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

I can't believe I'm posting in a pole thread.  Must be a slow night on the interwebz.  

 

But at least it isn't a helmet thread.biggrin.gif

post #13 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

 

Oh, pet peeve!  No, don't do this.  If you get sized at a ski shop, buy them at that ski shop.  The ski shop lays out real money to have those poles in stock and hire people to help you. You are taking unfair (to put it mildly) advantage of them if you use them to size your gear to buy elsewhere.  Very poor form - only jerks or oblivious people do that.  

 

 

Whenever making a costly equipment purchase do your research then find the best price.  You won't give the ski shop blue balls by asking what size poles you need.

post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

But at least it isn't a helmet thread.biggrin.gif

 

Sadly...frown.gif

 

I bought Rossi carbon-fibre poles when I got my 1st set o' skis in 1992.  They had blue accents on the grips to match my blue DV-8 skis. wink.gif 

Anyhoo, I still have 'em.  

Baskets and tips replaced once; lettering mostly worn away, but I like the grips...so I'll keep them 'til they break.

post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by djw04002 View Post

Whenever making a costly equipment purchase do your research then find the best price.  You won't give the ski shop blue balls by asking what size poles you need.

 

So, do you go to the local shop to get fitted for boots and then order them on line?

post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by djw04002 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

 

Oh, pet peeve!  No, don't do this.  If you get sized at a ski shop, buy them at that ski shop.  The ski shop lays out real money to have those poles in stock and hire people to help you. You are taking unfair (to put it mildly) advantage of them if you use them to size your gear to buy elsewhere.  Very poor form - only jerks or oblivious people do that.  

 

Whenever making a costly equipment purchase do your research then find the best price.  You won't give the ski shop blue balls by asking what size poles you need.

 

Apparently you missed the part that I highlighted above.  Re-read it and learn it.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › First set of ski poles?