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post #31 of 49

I'm a creature of habit. I hate new poles. That said, Once I skied with a set of poles for a while, they become my favorite. I guess I have a break in period. 

 

My experience is that other family members is the usual cause for my new poles. :eek 

post #32 of 49
My 2002 poles are topped by some Scott Strapless Grips from 1974. I bought them to replace a broken pole from the original set. First day out with the new ones I bent one slightly. Still using them, though.
post #33 of 49

I scrapped my bent and scratched 197? Scott pistol grip poles last spring, after incurring my 5th or 6th wrist/shoulder (two broken wrists, one separated shoulder (indirectly caused), and two undiagnosed shoulder injuries that I can recall ) injury with them.   Don't feel too bad, one of the poles was about to fail due to metal fatique at the site of the latest bend.

post #34 of 49
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That is not true. A pole is not a pole. They do feel different. Most people just haven't developed the required sensitivity to differentiate between the various poles.   

 

Not sure you are talking about the same kind of poles we are

post #35 of 49
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It's only bad form to ski with old poles if you base your skiing self image on how your clothing and equipment look, not on how you ski or how much fun you're having.

Agreed. Bought some new gear this season and ski with a pair of Scott rentals I picked up back in the late 90's for $5.00. Still completely functional after hundreds of days on the hill.

post #36 of 49

Hey...my poles are worth way more then my skis. I lock the poles not the skis.

post #37 of 49
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Of course we can argue about it. We are on the net after all. But first, please remind me what is the "it" that we are arguing about. Or is it "that" we are arguing about.  



 



 



That is not true. A pole is not a pole. They do feel different. Most people just haven't developed the required sensitivity to differentiate between the various poles.  





Maybe it is because it simply doesn't matter to "most people".

post #38 of 49
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If they reach the ground - they are still good. 

Hell yah they are! And the reach all the way from the ground to my hands!
post #39 of 49
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Maybe it is because it simply doesn't matter to "most people".

 

Maybe it's because most people can't pole plant worth a damn.  :nono:

post #40 of 49
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Maybe it is because it simply doesn't matter to "most people".

 

Maybe it's because most people can't pole plant worth a damn.  :nono:


Guilty as charged, but I'm working on it (every once in a while). 

 

Speaking about keeping up appearances, a few years back I took my daughter to Tremblant.  She hadn't been skiing for a while, and as it turned out I brought the wrong boots from the homestead (her brother's boots which were 4 sizes too big).  I also brought the wrong poles (hey I was rushed for time),  small child sized poles.   She refused to be seen with them.  Her skiing seemed to have had had devolved in the intervening years, and she didn't have the confidence to do anything but speed controlled turns on green (and maybe one or two blue) groomers.  Result = Ghost spent the day skiing green runs with lazy DH turns on antique 208  SG skis with baby ski poles, stopping every now and then to wait for his daughter (someone almost ran into me one time I stopped too quickly).  Did I care?  No.  It was fun to be skiing with my daughter.

post #41 of 49
So you have pink miss size ski poles.
post #42 of 49
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Maybe it's because most people can't pole plant worth a damn.  :nono:

Pole planting is so passé. 

post #43 of 49

only if theyre not red

post #44 of 49
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Pole planting is so passé. 

 

Whatever floats your boat.  

post #45 of 49

My favorite poles are covered from top to bottom with stickers from various resorts.  They are ugly as sin but no one will mistake them for their poles.  

 

for the record, I regularly dumpster dive for poles and spray paint gloss black.  Viola - "new" poles.  

 

Love the "new" bamboo poles.

 

Fun / useful pole tip - Wrap several feet of quality duct tape in a neat cylinder just below the grip.  Then you have several feet of duct tape avail for quick fixes for everything that duct tape can fix....so pretty much everything.  

post #46 of 49
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My favorite poles are covered from top to bottom with stickers from various resorts.  They are ugly as sin but no one will mistake them for their poles.  

 

for the record, I regularly dumpster dive for poles and spray paint gloss black.  Viola - "new" poles.  

 

Love the "new" bamboo poles.

 

Fun / useful pole tip - Wrap several feet of quality duct tape in a neat cylinder just below the grip.  Then you have several feet of duct tape avail for quick fixes for everything that duct tape can fix....so pretty much everything.  

Refresh that duct tape periodically, though.  I had some that I never needed -- when I finally did, it had congealed into a mass I couldn't unwrap.

post #47 of 49
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Refresh that duct tape periodically, though.  I had some that I never needed -- when I finally did, it had congealed into a mass I couldn't unwrap.


Good tip!  I've had duct tape there for ever.  I think I will replace it just in case.

post #48 of 49

My poles are 10 years old, skis, binding and boots are new.

post #49 of 49

My newest pair of poles are from the late 1990's and the oldest pair from 1979. The ones from 1979 are Scott's and I have replaced one grip and added a new pair of baskets but they have never been bent and I never have to worry of someone wanting to steal them.  They have been toughed up with a little spray paint from time to time but that is the beauty of black ski poles.

 

I have been thinking of making a pair of the vintage bamboo ski poles.  A friend grows her own bamboo and has offered me free bamboo poles several times she said it grows like a weed and she has to cut it back often.  But I have three pair that I use and one pair that I just no longer use but have not put them in the dumpster yet.  It seems that the bamboo vintage poles are popular out west but not here in the east so I am not sure if I will go down that road.

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