Hey guys - anyone have a suggestion on a decent set of ski poles for a guy who is comfortable on greens and some blues? I only have the clunky big rental-type ski poles (like these http://www.svst.com/SVST1.aspx?Category=3f327665-6aea-400b-a8e1-924dbe26335f) but would like to get a basic set that are a little thinner and easier to handle. I don't really want to spend a lot - looking for the best bang for your buck. Any suggestions?
Ski pole suggestion for beginner/intermediate?
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Using appropriately sized poles properly is one of the most important things in skiing well. The kind of poles you use is pretty unimportant though.
The very best models are characterized by extreme cheapness.
Seriously. Modern technique doesn't much emphasize poles anyway except for giving your hands something to do, rhythm in bumps or short swing turns if you're so inclined. Oh yeah, and helping us feel superior to boarders on the flats.
Save your OCD tendencies like the rest of us do for skis and boots...
IMO you want your poles a little ont he short side from the general rule of your forarm flat.
I like to have the arm on about a one inch downward angle. I feel it helps me get forward and be ahead of my skis.
If you watch most skiers they are in the back seat, IMO one cause is because there poles are to long and they are worried about them hitting the snow.
Shorter poles helped get over that.
I still have the same pair of Ice Poles I bought 20 years ago. I had them shorten about 15 years ago.
And the other cause is because they aren't angulating, so their plant with a correctly sized pole is too close, instead of down the fall line...
Yes, IMO the shorter pole makes you reach further forward.
I love the feel of reaching forward when being aggressive in cut up snow.
I wish people could get over the fear of falling forward and realize it's much better and is easier to ski if your aggressive, not defensive.
Those tools on your feet will do amazing things if you drive them.