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Shortening Ski Poles

post #1 of 11
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Hi -

 

I am looking to get my poles shortened by an inch or two.

 

My friend has all the tools necessary to do the job, but I lack the exact knowledge of how he should to do it. I am assuming that we should we take off the grip and make the cut at the top of the pole, correct?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 11
that's basically it. I suppose it depends on your poles and if you can cut them.
taking off the grip sometimes is harder than the short phrase you mentioned though. that's like saying to serve wine take out the cork and pour into glasses. how you going to do that?

may need to soak it in a pot of boiling water. then you need a pulling technique or tool to help get you leverage. e.g. something that you can gap around the shaft and then you can pull to scrape off the handle. I used a folding ladder that I closed around the pole then worked well for me. esp since I could then sit and use my feet to push off the handle. other people have a bench vise or used a door that they close on the shaft for the same idea

you can search for threads on it.

cutting is relatively straightforward.

finally you should know how much you need to shorten. 1 inch vs 2 is big difference. i suppose if the poles are that uncomfortable they are way off for you.
post #3 of 11

I did this on a couple pair of Scott aluminum poles and the grips pulled off easily by hand after running under hot tap water for about a minute. 

post #4 of 11

If you have an air compressor with a fairly small pointed nozzle, soak the grips in hot water, then see if you can use an awl or other pointed device to get the air nozzle under the edge of the grip.  move the air nozzle around and grip should slide off.

 

I have done this lots of times with poles, bike handle bar grips, etc but there is a bit of a knack to it.

post #5 of 11
Short poles are a wonderful thing.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Keller View Post

Short poles are a wonderful thing.

For short people:D

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For short people:D

LOL

Or moguls.
post #8 of 11
Hot water usually isn't needed. Just find something wider than the shaft but thinner than the grip, anchor and pull. There is no tape or adhesive, just friction of rubber in the shaft holding it in place.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by hbear View Post

Hot water usually isn't needed. Just find something wider than the shaft but thinner than the grip, anchor and pull. There is no tape or adhesive, just friction of rubber in the shaft holding it in place.

Sure, give it a try!  twisting may help too.   but if it doesn't work, add some heat 

For my poles, I had to even reheat the handles halfway through pulling, and as well to get one  fully seated back on. 

post #10 of 11

I'm surprised no one had mentioned the old school grip removal technique. Find a door you aren't fond of and while holding the pole at the basket end put the grip end on the other side of the door. Then close the door on the pole and pull on the shaft not the basket as you might pull the basket off.

post #11 of 11
Pretty much described above, some use ladders, others use doors, I use a vice, etc.

Haven't needed heat or needed to "twist", just a straight tug.....just don't point your pole tip directly at your body when pulling.....(just in case).
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