Originally Posted by ShellBee
I've never, ever bought new poles every time I buy new skis, but I saw them, and hubby said 'You just have to get those!'. The have 'The Royal Shaft' printed down the side, they're yellow with flowers on them.
I've started buying a few bits and pieces to co-ordinate with the Luvs, co-incidentally I bought a new red jacket a few days before so I'm on the way.
The only place I've seen them is Christy Sports in Breck, and they had plenty of stock. Give them a call and see if they'll ship them to you.
So *that's* what those poles are! I didn't even know.
A friend of ours who was at the ski retailers show in Vegas a couple of weeks ago came back and gave my wife a pair of those poles. They have a little yellow ladybug on the flower stems.
I was trying to talk my wife out of them. I told her they felt a little heavy and they would probably be better poles for me than her. I'm comfortable enough in my masculinity to ski with "women's" poles, okay? So don't start with me. Unfortunately, she wasn't buying any of it. She thinks they look perfect with her AK Launchers.
Anyway, those poles are very cool.
Some may scoff that cosmetics on ski equipment shouldn't matter, that it's the performance that counts. Well, K2 has absolutely kicked everybody else's patootie the last couple years as far as women's ski equipment is concerned. Both in terms of performance *and* cosmetics. Their product names are clever and playful, the stuff looks great, and their skis are just about the best-performing women's gear out there. Very feminine but also with that slightly aggro "Ski Like a Girl" attitude.
If you've got a choice between two pieces of gear that work well, why not take the one that looks good too?
Kudos to K2.