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Skating pole length -how much longer?

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Hi, as part of an end of the year competition the kids have to do a skating loop on alpine equipment.  Thinking slightly longer poles would be in order, and have a couple pairs of adjustable kids poles kicking around, so what would be a reasonable upsizing that won't throw the kids off?  Normal lengths are 95 and 100cm and I can adjust up to 107cm with the adjustable poles. I'm thinking they shouldn't really be thrown off by an extra 5 or 6 cm (or more) and dealing with a slightly heavier pole. Any opinions?

 

Thanks

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True skating poles are about shoulder height as I recall from the last time I tried it.  Let the kids practice a little --they should do fine.  Big thing with poling is to do it from the abs--full bend at the waist with each double pole stroke.

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I would guess that as long as it's  just skateing the longer the better. XC poles for skate skiing are crazy long

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The standard for xc skating poles is tip of the nose when standing on a hard surface. 

I don't think you want to go there, but a couple of cms up shouldn't affect most folks at all, except to make the skating more efficient.  Go for it; I'd go the full 107. 

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The standard for xc skating poles is tip of the nose when standing on a hard surface. 

I don't think you want to go there, but a couple of cms up shouldn't affect most folks at all, except to make the skating more efficient.  Go for it; I'd go the full 107. 

thanks for correcting 

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snip...  Let the kids practice a little --they should do fine.  Big thing with poling is to do it from the abs--full bend at the waist with each double pole stroke.

Good point about practice -I am a bit late with the idea but may get a chance for them to give them a go the day before  for a few minutes to see if they like the feel. Also good point about reminding them to recruit their abs, thanks.

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I would guess that as long as it's  just skateing the longer the better. XC poles for skate skiing are crazy long

They will be free skiing with their coaches for part of the day, so I've got to keep it reasonable so they still ski well, or adjust the poles before the event.

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The standard for xc skating poles is tip of the nose when standing on a hard surface. 

I don't think you want to go there, but a couple of cms up shouldn't affect most folks at all, except to make the skating more efficient.  Go for it; I'd go the full 107. 

thanks, 107 is what I am sort of thinking for the older one.  For the younger one I might dial it back as they have to free ski with them as well.  They could maybe adjust them themselves, but I could see them not locking the pole properly and ending up with stubbies :)  I'll maybe see if the coach would be willing to adjust them out for the skate event.

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