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Carbon/Composite ski pole recommendations?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Due to my elbows "flaming" out on me last season it has been suggested that composite ski poles would help absorb more of the pole plant impact than aluminum poles. I've never really done much research on what manufacturers make the best composite poles so I'm looking for some recommendations.

I'm still on the lookout though for some old Allsop shock absorber poles (or least the grips). There was a guy on the Winter Park ski train last season that had a pair, but he wouldn't sell them to me at any price!
post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
I hit the search function and found my old thread from last season where it looks like most everyone recommended the Goode 9303 composite poles. So is that definitely the one to get?
post #3 of 19
Allsop's, hell they would have to be 25 years old!
post #4 of 19
try leki carbon poles. they're aluminum on top and carbon on bottom. they have standard and slim baskets; as well as clip in strapa and a clip in glove leash that fits on your glove. it's really cool.
post #5 of 19
I've got the Leki Ventrix Ultra poles that have the alu upper shaft & carbon lower shaft as sakamo mentioned. Great poles but I found the trigger grip straps to be a pain so I've ditched them & just use the poles for race training with guards fitted.

For freeskiing I use the Scott Series C Element Five carbon poles. Really excellent with interchangeable baskets & a good grip with wide supporting left & right handed straps that 'hold open' for ease of entry etc. Top end price wise I'm afraid but I got them in a sale so not too bad.
post #6 of 19
I love my Goodes for shock absorbsion.
post #7 of 19
I've got a few pairs of The Royal Shaft (www.theroyalshaft.com) carbon poles for sale for cheap. They're made by Goode...

Here's a link to them on TGR...

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ighlight=royal
post #8 of 19

...

Anyone have the Life-Link Guide Ultra Lights....?

Scroll to the Guide Ultra Lights

...and add baskets...
14oz.....VS ? (Alpine poles), of course it's the swing weight that's important over total, but the adjustability for 14oz looks good....but not cheap
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
So I checked out these Leki Vision Viper AirFOIL Trigger poles. They look like they're a great combination of the both aluminum (to provide that "ergonomic" bend) and the carbon for shock absorbtion. What's the issue with the trigger grip though? Are they really that much of a problem?

I'll check out the other suggestions too. Thanks to all who have replied.
post #10 of 19
I really like my Goode polls. They were originally $50 polls, but I got them for 1/2 off. If you are willing to spend the money I would go with composite. I have seen many aluminum polls that have bent..
post #11 of 19
Noodler, I've used the Leki's with the trigger grip for the past two years, with no problems whatsoever. The strap stays wrapped around your glove. To remove it you push a button and pull it out. To hook it back up just push the end back in until it clicks. What could be eaiser?
post #12 of 19
I use the Lekis & love both the feel of the poles and the trigger straps. If you search, you will find a couple or three older threads discussing this.

The other thing you will find - don't remember if it is in exactly the same threads or not - are a few discussions about the whether or not pole plants are needed when using modern technique. There are some mighty fine skiers out there that almost never plant their poles - except under extraordinary circumstances. So, rather than new poles, you might contemplate a change in technique. There were, of course, some differences of opinion...
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
So I reviewed all of the old Leki pole threads and they sure like what I'm looking for. The only "wild card" are those Life-Link models. They even have a trekking pole with the built in shock absorber (like the old Allsops).

So what's the right way to pronounce "Leki" (I don't want to look like an idiot when I'm buying or talking about these things - I've used Scott poles forever)? Do you say "leaky" like a bad faucet or is it some other way?

I really only heavily "plant" my poles on steeps and in moguls. On groomers it depends on how fast I'm going. If I'm moving slow I'll use the flick and touch kind of deal, but if I'm ripping I don't plant at all.
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Noodler
So what's the right way to pronounce "Leki" (I don't want to look like an idiot when I'm buying or talking about these things - I've used Scott poles forever)? Do you say "leaky" like a bad faucet or is it some other way?
I don´t know how you pronounce it in America but I know the boss Klaus Lenhart who is a German residing in a place called Kirchheim. I never asked but I suppose it´s LE(nhart)KI(rchheim) like Vo-stra was till the early 60s (Volkl Straubing).
The pronunciation is "e" and "i" like "belly".
post #15 of 19
I have swix carbon gs poles, but the carbon is there for stiffness, not shock absorbtion. I use leki wc poles for slalom, I don't like them that much, so I therefore don't worry about it when I shave parts of them off with my edges when I fall! (which happens a lot in slalom, for me) The swix do have better shock absorbtion than the lekis, I don't know if it's because of the carbon or not.
post #16 of 19
DD223, I'd have to agree. Of the ones I've tried, in increasing order of apparent stiffness/shock transmission:
Goode
Swix, ICE-USA
Leki, K2, LifeLink
Scott, Kerma
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex
DD223, I'd have to agree. Of the ones I've tried, in increasing order of apparent stiffness/shock transmission:
Goode
Swix, ICE-USA
Leki, K2, LifeLink
Scott, Kerma
Just so I'm sure I understand what you're saying - the Goode poles are the most shock absorbing and transmit the least amount of shock, right?
post #18 of 19
Yes.

On no other measurement scale than the ache in my torn rotator cuff, mind you.
post #19 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I love my Goodes for shock absorbsion.
Hear ya there!
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