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post #1 of 5
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I've been looking around on auctions for SL poles and I have been seeing a trend here and there.

 

You've got your regular SL poles from aluminum and also carbon in regularity. No problem.

 

But one of the weirder things I've been seeing are carbon poles designed for free skiing that have punch guards slapped over the grip. Is anyone else doing this? Is this a light SL pole on the cheap?

 

What other budget creations have you made or seen in ski gear?

post #2 of 5

Hand guards on rec poles eh?  Hmm maybe for tree / bushwhacking?

 

As for SL poles - esp for training - just use whatever poles you have around and buy the full hand guards.  Spray paint em black or cover with stickers.  Easy to identify on hill.  Tips on handguards - put a wrap of black duct tape around the pole that will be beneath the guard - less slipping/rotating.  Also - if you find the guard rotating, drill a small hole through bottom of the guard guard and insert a small screw.  Cover with tape.  When installing - slip guard on near TIP and slide UP.  Add a layer or 2 of tape extending about 6 insches beneath guard.  This will cushion impact a bit and reinforce pole.

 

Use a sharp knife or trainer scissors to trim basket to be more racy and less likely to catch on gates.

 

Poles come and go but handguards will last a long time.  

 

Speaking of tape - take about 3' of duct tape and wrap carefully around your pole somewhere.  In an emergency, you have 3' of duct tape with you on the hill.  While I am thinking of it - add a few elastic hair bands around the pole (around bottom and slide up).  Somebody at the hill always needs a hair elastic.  Also useful for keeping open bags of skittles from spilling.

 

CHEAP Training shorts can be made by using a pair of fleece sweats and cutting off legs.  They are stretchy enough to fit over boots for on and off.  You can use the cut off legs for neck gaiters.  The shorts are also nice for bitter cold days to wear under regular pants to keep the tush and thighs a bit warmer.  

 

I would not spend big $$ on SL poles. 

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post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Snuckerpooks View Post
 

But one of the weirder things I've been seeing are carbon poles designed for free skiing that have punch guards slapped over the grip. Is anyone else doing this? Is this a light SL pole on the cheap?

 

 

 

Kydex is now pretty cheap, I'm surprised you're not seeing many, many more.    It's not just for everybody and his auntie's quick draw pistol sheaths anymore ;)
 

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What other budget creations have you made or seen in ski gear?

 

 

 

Dakine Boot Locker w. 12V car seat heating pad ->  heated boot bag

Bamboo XC poles w. Goode grips and ferrules ->  bamboo alpine poles

Cut yoga pad ->  roof box antislide mat

 

2" too long for you alpine pole -> remove handles and cut front edges of basket + 2 champagne corks + EVA foam + nylon thread +  silicone ->  Euro 'touring' poles.

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Originally Posted by pat View Post
 

Hand guards on rec poles eh?  Hmm maybe for tree / bushwhacking?

 

As for SL poles - esp for training - just use whatever poles you have around and buy the full hand guards.  Spray paint em black or cover with stickers.  Easy to identify on hill.  Tips on handguards - put a wrap of black duct tape around the pole that will be beneath the guard - less slipping/rotating.  Also - if you find the guard rotating, drill a small hole through bottom of the guard guard and insert a small screw.  Cover with tape.  When installing - slip guard on near TIP and slide UP.  Add a layer or 2 of tape extending about 6 insches beneath guard.  This will cushion impact a bit and reinforce pole.

 

Use a sharp knife or trainer scissors to trim basket to be more racy and less likely to catch on gates.

 

Poles come and go but handguards will last a long time.  

 

Speaking of tape - take about 3' of duct tape and wrap carefully around your pole somewhere.  In an emergency, you have 3' of duct tape with you on the hill.  While I am thinking of it - add a few elastic hair bands around the pole (around bottom and slide up).  Somebody at the hill always needs a hair elastic.  Also useful for keeping open bags of skittles from spilling.

 

Some really good McGuyver-esque (I'm not from that era so I might be wrong on the usage) suggestions on duct tape and elastics. Maybe not McGuyver... Boy Scout?

 

Love the tips about preventing slippage on handguards. I've had that problem with the poles and guards I have now even though they are riddled with cracks in the plastic with epoxy fixes.

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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

 

Dakine Boot Locker w. 12V car seat heating pad ->  heated boot bag

Cut yoga pad ->  roof box antislide mat

 

Those are some good ideas. It seems like any bootbag with a heating pad could be a good way to get the boots toasty before putting them on in the lodge! Me likey!

post #5 of 5

When I was a kid there was always a few variations of armour - so cheap football or hockey shin guards for slalom and my favourite - empty soda bottles split in two for forearm guards....

 

I wouldn't make SL poles with cheap poles though, they won't last long. Also never liked that duct tape trick - loads of people do it for full closed Leki guards on the lite slalom poles because they aren't compatible but it doesn't work if you're taking much impact. 

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