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Alternative pole grips for sore hands?

post #1 of 20
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Friends, I am wondering if anyone can suggest an alternative pole grip that might be easier on my hands. They are rather painful and a bit swollen after I have skied 2 or 3 consecutive days. Probably a bit of arthritis. And I probably grip the poles too hard, but that is something that falls into habit after five decades on skis. So bigger grip, or softer grip or something else as I work on trying to lessen my grip. Fact is that my poles are one of the few things in skiing that I seem to be able to grasp.

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post #2 of 20

I really like my Leki trigger poles, but others hate them because the pole is attached directly to your glove.  I find they allow me to grip the pole easily and don't allow the grip to move around much at all in my hand.  I can totally let go of the grip and the pole stays where it is.

 

Maybe try wrapping your grips with some soft foam tape meant for tennis racket grips?  That may be the most cost effective solution in the short term.

 

There are also some newer poles with big thick foam type grips.  They are newschool freeride type poles, but I can't remember the brand name.  Maybe another bear will chime in with the name.

 

Mike

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

I really like my Leki trigger poles, but others hate them because the pole is attached directly to your glove.  I find they allow me to grip the pole easily and don't allow the grip to move around much at all in my hand.  I can totally let go of the grip and the pole stays where it is.

 

Maybe try wrapping your grips with some soft foam tape meant for tennis racket grips?  That may be the most cost effective solution in the short term.

 

There are also some newer poles with big thick foam type grips.  They are newschool freeride type poles, but I can't remember the brand name.  Maybe another bear will chime in with the name.

 

Mike

All good stuff. Thx.

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post #4 of 20

Perhaps the market is ripe for the return of "The Shock'?

 

 

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A shock-absorbing ski pole grip is provided that includes a return spring, a retaining element or screw for holding a piston, cylinder and shaft to a grip, and a piston that is movably mounted in a cylinder on the upper end of the ski pole shaft.

InventorsDonald J. Stern, Jon I. Allsop
Original AssigneeAllsop Automatic Inc.
Current U.S. Classification280/821; 280/816
International Classification: A63C 1122

 

http://www.google.com/patents/US4061347

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post #5 of 20
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Maybe this is my body's way of telling me it is time to take up boarding....eek.gif

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

Maybe this is my body's way of telling me it is time to take up boarding....eek.gif


Or you could try with a less agressive pole planting technique. It sounds like you really go overboard.

post #7 of 20

Have you considered wearing cycling gloves under mittens or gloves?  I haven't worn a pair in several years but I remember them as being padded on the palms and no finger tips.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post


Or you could try with a less agressive pole planting technique. It sounds like you really go overboard.

I do not think that is it. It is just that I must have a death grip on the grips.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

Have you considered wearing cycling gloves under mittens or gloves?  I haven't worn a pair in several years but I remember them as being padded on the palms and no finger tips.

Actually, I did think of that very same thing this afternoon. I have weight lifting gloves with half fingers, and some padding in the palm. Will give that a go this weekend. Much obliged.

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post #10 of 20

You don't indicate how you grip the poles, but I'd guess some arthritis + death grip while doing big vertical whomps. Solution IMO doesn't involve gloves or padding or a bigger grip, just a lesson that works on current technique, holding the poles lightly, horizontally, and flicking 'em for a tap, not fracking 'em for oil...

post #11 of 20

I like my trusty old Scott sabre grips, but I don't do pole plants.  If you have arthiritis maybe some shock absorbing poles would help.

post #12 of 20

I'm interested in what poles you currently have (with what style grip).  A picture is worth a thousand words ya know... wink.gif

post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

I'm interested in what poles you currently have (with what style grip).  A picture is worth a thousand words ya know... wink.gif

Fair enough.

For reasons still not clear to me, I got a lot of crap at the Gathering two years ago for having these poles - is it a K2 thing? 

 

 

Been thinking about vigorous pole plants as a potential cause. Fair point, but off the mark I think. On my home hill I am generally doing long and fast groomers which require little in the way of pole plants. Certainly, if doing bumps, a bit more potent plant. I also find that I can get similar pain when doing bar/dumb bell at the gym. There I have tried to cultivate an open palm technique whenever possible. Perhaps I just need to train myself to loosen my grip. No wise-ass comments please....

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

Perhaps I just need to train myself to loosen my grip.

Yeah, I think this is it and I second the suggestion of the Leki Triggers.  They allow you to have a nice easy grip without any fear of dropping your pole..... no wise cracks, please =)

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Yeah, I think this is it and I second the suggestion of the Leki Triggers.  They allow you to have a nice easy grip without any fear of dropping your pole..... no wise cracks, please =)

My friend, you have brought my level of angst to a whole new level. It is one thing to lose one's grip. But to drop one's pole, especially into the snow, is an utterly chilling prospect.

I think that a new pair of triggers may be in order....

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post #16 of 20

If you have a death grip on them and don't feel comfortable holding them loosely is it possible that you are just reaching through the straps and not gripping them properly?

 

Incorrect grip many do unknowingly...

 

 

 

 

 

Correct grip is to reach through them then wrap the straps around and under the gap between your thumb and forefinger.

 

 

^^Right way..........................................................................^^^Wrong way

 

 

 

 

The strap acts as a shock absorber when you hold them loosely that way.

 

Do that and you can hold them loosely without apprehension of dropping them

post #17 of 20

I'll put in a 3rd vote for Leki Triggers..... I bought a pair and they're wonderful.  If only for the one following reason:

 

While my wife and Father in Law are busy doing up their pole straps (looking at the above, the wrong way uh oh...).... I've already left and am getting first dibs on the goods ;)

 

One downside however, is after I bought a pair, shortly after - My wife realized my trick.... and bought her own :(

post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 

 

 

 

 

Correct grip is to reach through them then wrap the straps around and under the gap between your thumb and forefinger.

 

 

 

 

The strap acts as a shock absorber when you hold them loosely that way.

 

Do that and you can hold them loosely without apprehension of dropping them

Thanks for that. I am, in fact, the nail polish lady -  pole-speaking.

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post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

I really like my Leki trigger poles, 

I would suggest the Leki trigger poles also. I find that you do not have to grip them as hard as other poles. I have the old style strap assecory and it is great. I think others are suggesting that the  glove/pole system is just as good, if not better. Might be worth a try. 

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by BrendonR View Post

I'll put in a 3rd vote for Leki Triggers..... I bought a pair and they're wonderful.  If only for the one following reason:

 

While my wife and Father in Law are busy doing up their pole straps (looking at the above, the wrong way uh oh...).... I've already left and am getting first dibs on the goods ;)

 

One downside however, is after I bought a pair, shortly after - My wife realized my trick.... and bought her own :(

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