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anyone ever use GOODE composite poles?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm looking at the 7101 featuring a 12.7mm diameter VylonTM shaft.

I'm looking for a cheap pole that is stronger than aluminum. From what I have read these babies are quite strong.

I have never heard of this brand. Any good?
post #2 of 15
They work for me, the writing is worn off on mine so I don't know what model they are but they are composite. Had mine probably 5 years or so, I'm a big guy 6'2" 220lbs and they seem strong.
post #3 of 15
I have been skiing with Goode's for 12+ years. With that said, don't bother with the vylon, they are a waste, get the 9101+ poles, much better.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
As some of you know I ski without poles. That being said, I'm planning to teach myself to use them properly to advance my skillset. THAT being said I don't want to spend a lot of money on them. Those Vylon's I can pick up for $40. Also looking at their site all the "composite" poles are Vylon. The next step up is Graphite, then carbonfiber.

Phil, can you tell me why they aren't worth $40.? Graphites (8602) are $80 and up. Then Carbon Fiber (9303) starting at $100
post #5 of 15
I use em and like em fine. They have held up very well.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well I found a website with GREAT prices on Goode poles. Looks like I'll pick up some graphite or carbon poles for a good price. Thanks guys!
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Amish View Post
Phil, can you tell me why they aren't worth $40.? Graphites (8602) are $80 and up. Then Carbon Fiber (9303) starting at $100
The vylons are heavy, too flexible, damp and have a high swing weight. The graphites are easily worth the $30.00 more
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
The vylons are heavy, too flexible, damp and have a high swing weight. The graphites are easily worth the $30.00 more
I see. Glad you filled me in because I would have bought those. Thanks Phil!

I DID buy these though: (8602's)

The 8602 is the exact same Carbon/Graphite construction as the Goode's 9303 Goode ski poles. It has the same weight, same composite, and same amount of material, however it is spread over a slightly larger diameter than the 9303 poles (they are 10.5mm.) This results in a pole that is slightly stiffer even though is has the same characteristics of not breaking or deforming.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.
post #9 of 15
A much better pole. Good choice.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well I received my new Goode poles. WOW these things are sexy! and I can not believe how lite they are. They weigh almost nothing!! Awesome!
post #11 of 15
I use the slightly beefier Goode "race" poles, can't remember the model number. I like them a lot, they're a little sturdier than the pencil poles and have a nicely shaped grip. Got em off ebay for about $60-70, money well spent. I do miss my old Scott ProTaper carbon poles though that some A-hole stole at Jay and left me with their broken poles.
post #12 of 15
I have had Goode poles for about 10 years and really am pleased. They have been thru much abuse and can't be ruined, they are really light and strong.
They actuallt flew off my rack on the highway at 70MPH and did not get damaged.

Go for it, they are very good poles.
post #13 of 15
I got the 8602 last year and like them a lot. There is nearly 3-inches of height adjustment available, the straps have a quick release and I changed the standard baskets with larger powder baskets. The quick release strap can save you if you get pinned in a bad position (I got sucked into a tree well last March) or skiing trees.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have the 8602 but they do not have a length adjustment and the straps are not quick release. The 9303 model on the other hand does have adjustable length. maybe you have the better model? Or maybe they offered those features on the 8602 2006 model? Not sure.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by ChrisBowers View Post
I use the slightly beefier Goode "race" poles, can't remember the model number. I like them a lot, they're a little sturdier than the pencil poles and have a nicely shaped grip. Got em off ebay for about $60-70, money well spent. I do miss my old Scott ProTaper carbon poles though that some A-hole stole at Jay and left me with their broken poles.
Hey Chris, did that A-hole take 1 or both poles. Some A-hole at Mad River Glen grabbed one of my Scott ProTaper when the skies opened up with liquid snow one Sunday afternoon last March and left me my 1 Scott ProTaper and 1 Leki aluminum, I kept the mismatched pair... If you have one, whoever has the shortest wins the pair... I LOVED those poles......:

To stay on topic, I much prefer the handles on the Scott composite poles.
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