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Bamboo poles?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Skiing at Alta yesterday I saw many of the rad bros and chicks with bamboo poles. Performance advantage or just retro cool? A hopelessly out of touch east coast old guy is curious.

 

BTW-no knock-I'm sure they all could kick my butt!

post #2 of 18

More Retro Cool along with being environmentally good. There are two main manufacturers who produce them, Soul Pole and Panda Poles. We just spend the last three days at Snowbird and we saw quite a few there also. My suggestion is to try before you buy..I find them to have a very high swing weight and a bit cumbersome in feel. 

post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
 

My suggestion is to try before you buy..I find them to have a very high swing weight and a bit cumbersome in feel. 

Never tried myself but the soul poles in particular definitely look bulky compared to other poles!

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks Phil. No plans to buy them, but I guess the enviornmentally friendly aspect is ok. Aluminum=recycleable,carbon fiber=not.

 

Besides, I'm not cool in any way and anything I have or do that is retro is purely by accident or being too old to change..............

post #5 of 18
I bought the soul pole 2 seasons ago and I bought them for the powder baskets and the retro look , I am a 60 year old that doesn't mind having something different . Like Phil said the swing weight is much heavier. They are a great conversation starter on the chair .
post #6 of 18

I find it hilarious that the same people who buy environmentally cool ski poles at the end of the day load them and their new skis with sustainable bamboo cores and cool dyes in the topsheet into their new hybrid cars and check their new smart phones with more efficient batteries for messages before driving off to play with all their other cool chic new sustainable toys.

 

And have a massively larger carbon footprint than those who just load their cosmetically thrashed alu poles and no-longer-game-changing skis into their unfashionably old heap with their three year old smart phone laboring along...

 

That's OK. We gotta keep consuming something, and convincing ourselves it's the right thing, huh? :D 

post #7 of 18

My son has a set of these poles and I debated about getting a set because I liked what the company was trying to do.  I spent months trying to convince myself to purchase a set .  My final verdict was they feel a bit heavy and cumbersome but he would not ski without them.  I ended up with some Leki adjustable poles on sale at my local shop.

post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by John V. View Post

Skiing at Alta yesterday I saw many of the rad bros and chicks with bamboo poles. Performance advantage or just retro cool? A hopelessly out of touch east coast old guy is curious.

BTW-no knock-I'm sure they all could kick my butt!

You were at "ground zero" for them in my experience (and across the way)
post #9 of 18

They do not survive crashing or thrashing very well.  Several friends have tried them and changed back.

post #10 of 18
Bamboo slivers hurt. Just say'n.
post #11 of 18
Snapped alum pole can puncher, just saying
post #12 of 18

I've broken a few bamboo poles and depending on the bamboo, some snapped in two with fibrous padded ends and some split and could be fixed with a wrap of glass tape. I still have two pair of bamboo XC poles that I bought in 1973. Pre embargo. The good stuff. 

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
 

I find it hilarious that the same people who buy environmentally cool ski poles at the end of the day load them and their new skis with sustainable bamboo cores and cool dyes in the topsheet into their new hybrid cars and check their new smart phones with more efficient batteries for messages before driving off to play with all their other cool chic new sustainable toys.

 

And have a massively larger carbon footprint than those who just load their cosmetically thrashed alu poles and no-longer-game-changing skis into their unfashionably old heap with their three year old smart phone laboring along...

 

That's OK. We gotta keep consuming something, and convincing ourselves it's the right thing, huh? :D 

 

Will you stop harshing their ecobuzz with the facts already?   :eek:D
 

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post
 

 I still have two pair of bamboo XC poles that I bought in 1973. Pre embargo. The good stuff. 

 

As I've posted elsewhere, it is completely possible to transform ^those into alpine poles, using less than $10 of Goode or Leki/Swix ferrule hardware and adhesive,  with a swing weight comparable to a modern Goode pole (less than the rental ones). 

post #15 of 18

Pretty sure I saw your post. The poles I have are thin and strong but I'm too much of a gaper to pull it off. And there are too many memories tied to them for me. A guy who skis 150+ day seasons and can climb ice without skins gave me a mountain tour last year. He goes with unmodified bamboo XC poles.

 

post #16 of 18

Nice pic, is that from this season?

post #17 of 18

BooHoo! I wish. It was last year. Still looking for day 3 in this season.

 

post #18 of 18
I ski with Soul Poles as does my brother. My brother's poles developed a vertical crack and he's sending them back for replacement (gotta love 2 year warranties) and I've noticed that the swing weight is surprisingly low (not nearly as heavy as I anticipated). I still have my aluminum poles as well and I don't have a true favorite, I just find them a nice change of pace and I like knowing they'll replace them pretty much no questions within 2 years (if I remember right).

I also know some people who SWEAR by the old school wrapped grips (no wrist straps) and Soul Poles will put on whatever grips you send them and discount your price $15 (I think) offering you a truly customized pole.
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