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Composites or not?

Poll Results: Are you for or against Composite equipment?

 
  • 62% (15)
    For
  • 12% (3)
    Against
  • 25% (6)
    Not Fussed
24 Total Votes  
post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I am new to this range of equipment. What are the good brands? I heard Goode's a good one... any others? Pros, cons? Do you think it's worth it?
How do they compare to Aluminium ones (poles)?
Do they handle better (skis n boards)?
I ski and board and am thinking about buying some new gear, should I be looking at composites or not? Is that the way ski industry is headed or is it just a minority, like snow skates?
post #2 of 21
I am happy with the Goode poles I have had over the past 15 or so years.

Welcome to the forum, look around and make yourself at home.
post #3 of 21
composite poles are nice due to low swing weight and if you should over due a plant they absorb a good deal of shock. Be-careful of the "cheap Goode poles you see selling for around $29.00 on ebay and at the big box sports retailers. I think they are the Goode 7071? or something like that. Make sure you buy a pole with a lot of carbon fiber. The cheaper ones are mostly fiberglass they are not very strong and tend to snap in very cold temps. I have a Leki pole that is Aluminum on the top with a carbon fiber composite on the bottom. I have used the same pair 3 seasons now.
post #4 of 21
My older Goode poles are fine. It's the cheap straps that drive me nuts (limp as hell and hard to get into), sad last detail for one of their upper end (dollar wise) poles.

Thing to watch out for is the hollow versus the solid composite. I have the solid carbon fiber (very thin poles), great swing and low weight. They have about 250 days (or more) of hard use.

I believe most of the fracture/splinter problems were with the hollow poles.
post #5 of 21
Welcome to EpicSki, BCF!

I skied Goodes for a while, but switched to the Leki carbon/alu pole (top is aluminum, bottom is carbon). They are great for absorbing shock, are very light, and I love the Trigger.
post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Utah49
I think they are the Goode 7071? or something like that.
"Vylon"?
post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by comprex
"Vylon"?
Yeah, heavy and they are not worth even the $29.00 they are being sold for.
post #8 of 21
i have the swix ct1 composite slalom poles and i think the are fantastic, perfect swing weight and very strong
post #9 of 21

Amen to that...

Quote:
Originally Posted by skiaus
i have the swix ct1 composite slalom poles and i think the are fantastic, perfect swing weight and very strong
...the Swix hand guards are also great. CT1s are really light and have a great feel. Durable, too...I've blocked thousands of slalom gates, no problems with poles or guards delaminating...
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 

Are composites for the skilled?

From most of the replies it seems like composites are great for racing because of the lighter weight and shock absorbtion. I'm an intermediate skier, I like black runs but I don't race. I guess durability is a good thing, but aluminium poles are durable too. Are there composites in the intermediate range, other than the $29 heavy ones?
post #11 of 21
You may be overthinking this. Composites are a few gms lighter (unless you go for pricey titanium), but less durable (unless you go for pricey solid cores). Ask yourself how much you beat up your current poles? If not much, check REI for closeouts on Leki's like the others are talking about. Otherwise stick with aluminum and spend the difference on a lesson...
post #12 of 21
Composite poles do not bend, but they can snap. I personaly dont like the goode ones because they have no "weave" wich makes them easier to snap and less stiff. Look for poles that have a black / yellow weaved appearence to them. The yellow stuff is kevlar wich will make hte poles more durable and less likely to snap.

As far as skis go, ALL SKIS ARE COMPOSITES.
post #13 of 21
Scott aluminum GS poles with velcro adjustable strap. the slight bend helps absorb and a little easier to tuck with on cat tracks.

Small baskets are a problem in deep snow or hiking outback!
post #14 of 21
Scott World Cup, Aluminium. Have about 5 years on this pair, last pair I got about 7 out of before I lost them.
post #15 of 21
Leki alu with the trigger. They are nice. I don't like to spend too much on poles because I have a tendency to slice the bottoms off every few years.

I also have a pair of composite Goode that are too long. They are goode too.
post #16 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by tief schnee
Scott World Cup, Aluminium. Have about 5 years on this pair, last pair I got about 7 out of before I lost them.
I saw one of them under the chair at Copper near the top this weekend. The snow's melting. The poles are showing through...
post #17 of 21
What color? Fluorescent green with the orange stripe?
post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by skiaus
i have the swix ct1 composite slalom poles and i think the are fantastic, perfect swing weight and very strong

On SAC today!
post #19 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
On SAC today!
Good pole for a great SAC price.
post #20 of 21
What's the tab on the Swix poles doing for me?
post #21 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by tief schnee
What color? Fluorescent green with the orange stripe?
Nope. Not that one. Trying to remember... I remember that they were Scott Racers or WCs. Thinking black/gold? Or something like that.
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