|Originally posted by Bob.Peters:
So, those of you who wear them all the time, how come?
You can hold the pole considerably more lightly and more relaxed, as Leeroy points out.
You have much better control of pole swingweight using the 'V' between thumb and forefinger as the control element, if you use the 'hand up through the strap and down' technique (does that make sense?!).
This technique means a much easier and more relaxed pole plant with less arm extension required than just gripping the handle, and a very firm platform when executing turns on very steep terrain (e.g. jump turns).
You don't lose them in powder.
You have a better chance of retaining them in the event of a heavy landing after a drop, or in the event of a tumble.
You can let your hands dangle and lean on them for a rest.
You can point to things or adjust clothes/boots/goggles whatever and you don't have to let go.
You can lean on the bar on the chair ride (if you use the bar) and let them dangle without having to stick them under your leg or somewhere else.
You can lay your hand down for balance (e.g. during a smear turn on a wall) and use your palm rather than dragging your knuckles.
You can make bread and wine with them.