Originally Posted by pavedroad
The reason for "correct" pole strap usage (up through the loops then back down) is for proper pole plant technique.
When you swing your pole out, it's supposed to pivot on the mushroom part at the top of the grip against your thumb and forefinger so you have a nice smooth swing and so the pole follows a natural path. Because of this, you're not gripping the handle at all when you swing it out (if you do it "correctly"), so the strap prevents the pole from flying out of your hand once it hits the snow. More importantly, once the pole hits the snow, you will feel pressure on your palm from the strap, giving you a very positive feedback from your pole plant. As someone said earlier, proper strap usage is important for good technique
I think this is a true statement for many skiers. Many skiers use the straps. That doesn't make it right or wrong.
I like the strap. When skiing in the woods a strap should not be used. IMO skiing in the woods is where the greatest risk for pole related serious injury lies. That's where Leki helps.
I like a strap when I am skating on flat. I like not have to grip much on easy stuff. In bumps I still use a blocking pole plant and the strap seems to help.
With or without the strap, when you fall, injury can still happen if you hold on to the pole. It's not so much the strap as the pole that causes the problem.
There are many reasons to categorize me as a gaper, but wearing straps is way down at the bottom of the list.
To each his own.