When I ran into Andrew, the founder of Grass Sticks at the base of Steamboat a couple of weeks back at his booth, I was immediately drawn to these poles. They are just very cool with the big basket, matching handle color, burnished brown shaft and Retro vibe. So ordered up a pair.
SHAFT: The Ski Poles are top quality! Grass Sticks are really light and the pole flexes pretty much like a carbon pole; stiff with just a touch of flex. It has an incredible swing and feel to the pole, easy and smooth. I was pretty surprised about this, @segbrown was skiing with me and I had her try them. She was also impressed with the ease and feel. The hand-sanded and sealed bamboo has a really nice burnished color and has proven to be quite durable; lots of character. They come with a 18 month, no excuses guarantee and a 30 day return policy! You can order them in standard or custom lengths.
GRIPS: There are a couple grips, Cork and a rubber that has a nice tacky feel to it. The shape of the grip is very comfortable and there is a nice ledge at the bottom of the grip that provides a good leverage point when poling, it also helps to hold onto the pole on those emergency plants! The strap is made of hemp btw but I dont use straps (if you ski trees you never wear a strap) .
BASKETS: The baskets come in 3 sizes; a 50, 100 and 120mm snowflake design. They are really well-made. The plastic is flexible conforming to the pitch you are planting on (this is important). Despite being gi-normous, they are just fine when skiing groomers and they are great in powder, chopped. The tip is carbide, strong and durable
CUSTOM COLORS and POLE LENGTH: The cool part is you can order the grips and baskets in a myriad of different colors (more coming in this fall) and best of all, because these are custom made poles, you can custom order the length of the pole!! This is really nice since I like a 123cm pole.
I ordered a 123cm pole with blue handles and the retro-looking 120mm baskets which I think look very cool.
Support a local skier who is making top-quality poles for just $75.00 shipped! (prices will be going up)
Edited by Finndog - 4/14/15 at 2:01pm