Originally Posted by what
what about experiences with positive angle grips? worth it? not? doesn't matter?
"Positive Angle" means the shaft is a few degrees forward of vertical, in relation to the grip, right? Seems like a gimmicky compensation for poor technique, or perhaps an orthopedic device for someone with limited wrist mobility. Note the frequent references above to "aggressive" plants. The angulation compensator may be convenient for groomer flicking, but on the moguled steeps at the brink of control, give me a straight, strong shaft to lean on. What's that angle do to the compression forces, engineers? Mitigate or enhance? Would Koni "angulate" their shocks?
A more valuable technical feature for poles is adjustable length. I like to add a few centimeters on the steeps, so my pole plant isn't quite like a head-first dive off the 10 meter board, and shorten a few cm. on a climb. Lengthen again in bottomless powder, so your basket has more depth to accumulate pressure. Black Diamond's "flicklock" adjustment system is far more positive and reliable than the usual screw/wedge bushing.
As you can see by now, for most of us, a pole isn't just a pole.