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DOODAD on my Ski Pole - What is it?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Help me.

I just got a pair of SWIX poles from Steep and Cheap and have found bright yellow DOODADS sticking out from the grips as shown here. Now, I have been told that I am a pretty bright fellow at times. But I am completely perplexed about the purpose of these spatula-like tumors on my poles. I have tried to release the DOODADS somehow, but they don't seem designed to come off.

In addition, what's with the big crevasse at the bottom of the grips? :

Are either of these abnormalities serve a purpose? Anybody? :

post #2 of 22
It's an "anti-dropping tab" - help you hold onto your poles - not sure if it's just for race poles or not but I think it's designed more for hitting gates and not dropping your poles as opposed to just not wearing pole straps and keeping them in your hands. Not sure about that split at the bottom of the grip though...probably nothing
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
Help me.

I just got a pair of SWIX poles from Steep and Cheap and have found bright yellow DOODADS sticking out from the grips as shown here. Now, I have been told that I am a pretty bright fellow at times. But I am completely perplexed about the purpose of these spatula-like tumors on my poles. I have tried to release the DOODADS somehow, but they don't seem designed to come off.

In addition, what's with the big crevasse at the bottom of the grips? :

Are either of these abnormalities serve a purpose? Anybody? :

I've got the same poles, also wondered about it, and I came inches away from cutting them off. But while playing with them, I found they add a slight spring action, returning the pole to your hand.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
An anti-dropping tab, eh? Well I thought that might have been its intent, I just wasn't sure. Can't possibly imagine any other use for it though. Never thought I needed an anti-dropping tab, but I did leave a pole behind once blasting (sort of) out of the gate on a NASTAR course.

Dropping a pole at the start will really screw up your mind. I'm not sure that tab would have helped there, but who knows. Never seen one before, so I had to ask. Thanks for the reply.

Of course, I'm a bit disappointed that there haven't been at least a dozen silly suggestions by now. Booger holder, you know, that sort of thing. :
post #5 of 22
If they just made the thingy a little bigger and changed the contour a little it could make a dandy cup holder.
post #6 of 22
and who's to say that you can't still use it to hold your boogers?
post #7 of 22
Another idea would be to cut and file the rounded end down so it's flat to use as a goggle scraper.
post #8 of 22
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Another idea would be to cut and file the rounded end down so it's flat to use as a goggle scraper.
That was actually my initial reaction as to what it might be!
post #9 of 22
You clip your mitten strings to them. You know the ones that go up one sleeve and down the other so you don't lose your mittens? well, you just clip 'em onto the yellow loops and voila no more lost poles.
post #10 of 22
silicon bottle opener?
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
If they just made the thingy a little bigger and changed the contour a little it could make a dandy cup holder.
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
and who's to say that you can't still use it to hold your boogers?
I will use it as EITHER a cup holder OR a booger holder. But certainly NOT both!! :

As for the rest of the suggestions - Excellent, and much more sensible than a geeky anti-pole dropper.
post #12 of 22
You are all wrong! Poor misguided souls and crets that you are, and indeed well intended ones nonetheless, you are simply wrong.

That's where your put the decorative sparkle streamers, those pom-pom like devices on little girls bikes.

Take it from Yuki, they are chick magnets; conversation starters that the gals will ..... hell, you'll be so swarmed, you'll need the poles just to fend em' off.

Swear to God ... they work for me!
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
That's where your put the decorative sparkle streamers, those pom-pom like devices on little girls bikes.
Yeah! Add a propeller beanie and you'll be the envy of all!
post #14 of 22
Yeah that yellow doodad on my Swix poles confounded me. Of course since one of them broke the 5th day I used it, it stopped confusing and annoying me. Hope you have better luck with these, carvemeister.
post #15 of 22
From the Swix web site .... :

DD2000 Alpine Handle .. "unique split cushioning platform"

Add Tab for DD2000 & SP2000 .. "anti dropping device ... keeps pole in hand when losing the grip"

I assume they mean that it supports the wrist in pole plant action ..
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
From the Swix web site .... :

DD2000 Alpine Handle .. "unique split cushioning platform"
....
I assume they mean that it supports the wrist in pole plant action ..

Errrm, yeah dude, I mean, I heard of that problem with bike saddles, but ... :
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
You are all wrong! Poor misguided souls and crets that you are, and indeed well intended ones nonetheless, you are simply wrong.

That's where your put the decorative sparkle streamers, those pom-pom like devices on little girls bikes.

Take it from Yuki, they are chick magnets; conversation starters that the gals will ..... hell, you'll be so swarmed, you'll need the poles just to fend em' off.

Swear to God ... they work for me!
Yuki must speak the truth.
I'm here to prove it!
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
You are all wrong! Poor misguided souls and crets that you are, and indeed well intended ones nonetheless, you are simply wrong.

That's where your put the decorative sparkle streamers, those pom-pom like devices on little girls bikes.

Take it from Yuki, they are chick magnets; conversation starters that the gals will ..... hell, you'll be so swarmed, you'll need the poles just to fend em' off.

Swear to God ... they work for me!

SWEET!! I'm so glad I bought these beautiful Swix ChickMagnet Poles.

Now I just need to decide if the pompoms for the doodads should match my jacket or my hat.
post #19 of 22

Oh yeah...

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Originally Posted by 2-turn View Post
I came inches away from cutting them off. But while playing with them, I found they add a slight spring action, returning the pole to your hand.
Now that's just hysterical and plain wrong at the same time...

Great. I can't stop laughing now.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
Help me.
I just got a pair of SWIX poles from Steep and Cheap and have found bright yellow DOODADS sticking out from the grips as shown here. Now, I have been told that I am a pretty bright fellow at times. But I am completely perplexed about the purpose of these spatula-like tumors on my poles. I have tried to release the DOODADS somehow, but they don't seem designed to come off.
In addition, what's with the big crevasse at the bottom of the grips? :
Are either of these abnormalities serve a purpose? Anybody? :
That, my young apprentice, is an aerodynamic fairing. In the cycling world, it is equivalent to the rear triangular structure normally found in aero helmets. At certain speeds, it forces your flailing arms (and poles) closer to your body for less air resistance.

Now, please tell me those are carbon poles!

Skiers... Hhmmpp! So much to learn from cyclists.:
post #21 of 22
Mitten clip, some high end north face and swix gloves have the male end
post #22 of 22
No one suggested "self-arrest tabs"?
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