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Racers: What poles for freeskiing?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Racers, I am curious what type of poles you use to freeski with. I find that I use my GS poles most often. I get used to planting them and I just find it easier. SL poles just don't feel as good after training GS for a significant amount of time. SG/DH poles are annoying to free ski though, in my opinion.

What do you guys like to use?
post #2 of 24
I use separate poles for general freeskiing and another pair of chopped down rental poles for moguls. The cone baskets on most curved poles are too small for soft snow. And I find pole guards annoying anywhere outside of a slalom course.

-T
post #3 of 24
I have a pair of those thin "stylish" type poles for free skiing. I race with Scott GS and SL poles and once in awhile will use them to free ski, but usually I use my gaper poles. Fortunately I have fallen on them enough to add a few character flaws to them (not carbon poles mind you). I find though, that SL ploes with guards arent bad to free ski with... but they certainly mark you as "one of those racers" the same as GS poles do...
Later
GREG
post #4 of 24
Amen on the "one of those racers" comments. Grab a pair of carbons for freeskiing and enjoy the shock absorption. And clue them in with your skiing...
post #5 of 24
I freeski with my GS poles because I think they look cool and slalom cups are wierd outside of the slalom course.
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
I freeski with the GS's because I get used to having the plant point behind my hand, and I like that for some reason. I only use the slaloms if I'm going in the trees or in crud, becuase my GS poles are swix ct1 carbons. Therefore, they don't play well with my edges in a fall, and I have broken two of them (warranty replaced). I have leki wc sl poles though, which are absolutely bombproof. I have fallen on them innumerable times while slalom training, and they refuse to bend. There is a lot of metal shaved off of them, as a result of them getting caught under the edge. The trigger system helps to prevent thumb injuries in a forward fall (if I screw around in the park, which is rare). The pole guards are useful in the trees, also.


As far as the "one of those racers" thing, I don't regard it as a bad thing. Why is there a stigma attached?
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
As far as the "one of those racers" thing, I don't regard it as a bad thing. Why is there a stigma attached?
Its annoying when some wannabe racers are trying to overtake you just because you look like a racer. Not that it matters much ego whise but it can be dangerous.
post #8 of 24
BTW, what is the difference between SG and DH ski poles? Any good links to GS ski poles!
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by tdk6
BTW, what is the difference between SG and DH ski poles? Any good links to GS ski poles!
Deeper bend in DH poles. SG/GS poles are the same with most manufacturers.

-TT
post #10 of 24
This is so when you are in a tuck the poles wrap around your torso!

I use Scott GS poles for freeskiing. They work great and the bend absorbs a lot of shock. The only time I despise them is when hiking out to the backcountry. The baskets are small, good aerodynamics and makes it more dificult to get thmme knocked off by a gate in a course, but makes hiking a bitch becuase on a soft trail they sink deep in the snow!
post #11 of 24
Do any of you use different length poles for SL v. GS? Why or why not?
post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Atomicman
The baskets are small, good aerodynamics and makes it more dificult to get thmme knocked off by a gate in a course, but makes hiking a bitch becuase on a soft trail they sink deep in the snow!
I was in the woods at Jay Peak last year after a ~3 foot dump, and I tried to push myself up with my GS poles after falling. The only effect of this action was that they sank into the snow up to my armpits .
post #13 of 24
I go with a GS bend pole because I ski a slitghtly longer pole to keep my hands up in slalom. Also, the pole guards on the slalom poles are annoying.
post #14 of 24
As I ski straight poles in gs too, I'd have to say run of the mill poles. But I do freeski with my skinsuit on (coat + shortys)
post #15 of 24
i use my regular gs poles- the curve actually helps dissapate shock- stay away from thin composite straight poles they are too whippy and transmit too much shock- many full time skiers have developed wrist/tendonitis problems. If you look around all the best skiers still use 7075 alu poles. I prefer scott and swix .18 shafts.
post #16 of 24
My GS poles are shorter than my SL poles by 2 inches. My free skiing poles fall in the middle. I find that short poles keep you forward, and get in the way much less... you just need strong thumbs for your starts.
Later
GREG
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by tdk6
... Any good links to GS ski poles!
Artech has Swix Aluminum DH, SG/GS, and SL poles on clearance. Note that the $15 SL poles are not 7075 alu.

Here's the link: https://www.artechski.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=A&Category_Cod e=074
post #18 of 24

Leki GS

Like Heluvaskier my GS poles are a bit shorter than my Slalom poles. I use Leki for tech events. The Slalom poles also have hand shields on them, which I must admit, look a bit gay to be free skiing with them. So its the Leki GS pole for me free skiing. By the way, have gone away from the bent pole for all tech events and only use bent poles for SuperG and Downhill. The straighter stiffer pole are a bit better for getting out of the start gate.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Gary Dranow
Like Heluvaskier my GS poles are a bit shorter than my Slalom poles. I use Leki for tech events. The Slalom poles also have hand shields on them, which I must admit, look a bit gay to be free skiing with them. So its the Leki GS pole for me free skiing. By the way, have gone away from the bent pole for all tech events and only use bent poles for SuperG and Downhill. The straighter stiffer pole are a bit better for getting out of the start gate.
Oh, I don't know about that..... I would say most GS poles have at least a slight bend.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer
Oh, I don't know about that..... I would say most GS poles have at least a slight bend.
My dear friend. Yeah, my GS poles have a bend right below the grip, that's it. Watch WC GS from last season and this season. A surprising amount of the racers have dumped the wrap around pole. Not sure why, I suspect it is for the start but not sure why the trend is starting (maybe less broken or badly bent poles). Really not sure.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Alpine-Al
Artech has Swix Aluminum DH, SG/GS, and SL poles on clearance. Note that the $15 SL poles are not 7075 alu.

Here's the link: https://www.artechski.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=A&Category_Cod e=074
Good deals, but you may want to call before you order. A few weeks ago, I thought I was getting some awesome deals when I ordered a few clearance items. I wound up getting zilch except for a replacement lens that had something like a $6 shipping fee.

-TT
post #22 of 24
I like my Goode carbon poles for free skiing. I have found them to be real nice poles and very robust. Otherwise I will use my GS poles as the slalom guards become a PITA for free skiing. In fact I have gone from full guards on the slalom poles to a cut down one as I found them too "clunky" and unbalanced.

Interesting point from Gary and Greg on using a shorter length GS pole, sounds like it is worth trying.
post #23 of 24
Be careful of half guards for slalom, while if you ski SL properly you never need the top part of the punch guard it is still very easy to break a hand or wrist by falling wrong on the half guard - or by getting a gate stuck in it. I have seen it happen a lot and will only use full guards.
Later
GREG
post #24 of 24
I ski with my SL poles most often, because they're very durable. Also, having the hand guards is great for when I have to put a hand down to the snow to push myself back up - the plastic of the guard actually slides on the snow, and doesn't catch (wratching my wrist) like leather would.

They're also great for lift-lineup melees LOL
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