I'm surprised by this topic.
I always wear the strap.
That was lesson one at the ski school, some 30 years ago. Class all lined up, instructor
explaining us how to.
I was reminded of this, this past month, when my kids' instructor did the same thing.
In all these years of skiing I've never had an accident related to the straps.
Usually the strap gives way, or the basket, or I find miself gripping only the handle, while the rest of the pole has come off... [img]smile.gif[/img]
But I had never sustained a wrist injury, nor an arm one, for that matter, because I was having my poles straps on.
That said, on Valentine's day this year, my wife had give me a nice pair of Leki "trigger" poles, Alu/carbon.
Exceptional. Weightless, meseems nothing is atteched to the handle, nothing is swinging underneath my hand...the straps comes off so easily that my son (7,5 years old) was able to detach it, simply by pulling it.
There was only one occasion where I used to unstrap the thing (apart when on a chairlift).
In BC, when traversing a slope prone to generate an avalanche, then was straps off, backpack loose, etc etc.