Try reading the whole thread.
ah yes ... picked up some of his children's books for my kids ... quite an impressive resume he had but more so, sounded like a good guy.
won't argue legalities but simply using bamboo as the shaft to me doesn't seem a patent .. it seems there was some consideration to modifying the material with tempering.
@Tog First, sweet vintage video! Second, in our testing, any shrinkage from moisture is negligible. When hemp webbing is completely saturated it does shrink, and expand again when dried. However at the length of our straps you're not going to notice this, also you'd have to go for a swim to get them wet enough to yield any shrinkage. We use hemp for its weather and UV resistance, durability, strength, and great looks. Much like bamboo is a great natural alternative to aluminum or composite materials, hemp is an excellent alternative to petroleum based webbing.
@qcanoe In high volume production (leki, scott, etc.) synthetic petroleum based webbing (and aluminum shafts!) are cheaper to mass produce, especially when compared to leather! In our Steamboat Springs workshop we have the freedom to choose high performance, better looking and environmentally friendly materials like hemp webbing and the ideal species of kiln dried bamboo!
I never use the straps while skiing, only use them to hang poles on tips of ski, so strap shrinkage doesn't matter to me. I have a pair of soul pole's and am wondering if the swing weight is better with grass sticks??? I looked on the website and am wondering when the 100 cm black baskets will be available ??
@Brad J I have not actually weighed a pair of Soul Poles, but I have picked up a few. I'm always told that Grass Sticks are much lighter then them. We use a smaller diameter bamboo, and a light weight plastic tip fixture (ferrule), where soul poles has a metal ferrule. 100mm black baskets are currently available. Cork grips and 100mm translucent baskets are out of stock. However if you're looking for cork email me firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and I might be able to make it work (long story short).
Anyone have any comments on Grass Sticks swing weight v.s. Soul Poles? It's not our place to comment without some numbers to back it up...coming soon!
how about something simple like a velcro connection?
He's cannabalized a Scott(?) strap and riveted the Kerma connector on.
The first photo shows the way it works and the simplicity. You click the bar into one of those cylindrical slots. I've never used the deeper one. It always seemed like I'd break it getting it out. ( I have not used straps like these in a good 15 years.
And here's how it snaps together:
I didn't realize the poles I had were vintage. I thought they were just retro when I picked them up at a yard sale; they were in excellent condition. Finding out about the release was a happy moment as I was skiing and one pole caught. They release smoothly and easily. I have never used the second notch. No need in my opinion. The original straps broke from heavy use poling to get around and from being old (I suppose). I've also had to put another screw in the top of one grip to prevent the plastic from giving way.
I'll help with the pre-order requests and say I'd use the poles especially with an adjustable break-away strap. I use my poles to get around and a non-adjustable strap doesn't cut it unless it happens to be the right length. the 'right' length can change with a change of gloves, too.
Goode has a break-away strap that worked pretty well when I owned them 10+ years ago (still have some odd spares). I never had very good success with the durability of their shafts, but that probably had more to do with my constantly ramming my outer ski edge into them. They also had a pretty brilliant length adjustment built into the grips (threaded/rotate grip to adjust), that I think they've since done away with.
I had a hell of a time removing/replacing the grips to make a 42" out of a 44" on some kerma CR40's I picked up this Summer. Tried heating them in boiling water, and they still gave me fits going on, and coming off. If they were a customer's, I would have had to replace them.
I may be a hack.