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pole length pros and cons.

post #1 of 8
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hi guys,

i was skiing with slightly shorter poles 1-2cm this weekend... i felt i was skiing better on the blue runs and definitely better in the bumps..

i like the quicker flick action and generally felt more upright.



do you guys think they are disadvantage on the steeps, powder or ice?
post #2 of 8
I have had short poles for about 10 years now. If you ski with poles that are the lenght that everyones say's you should have, they put you in the backseat. Shorter poles allow you to reach further down the hill allowing you to get further forward.

Think about it.

It's a no brainer.

Mine are 1 to 1 1/2 inches shorter then reccomended.
post #3 of 8
Wondering about this question myself. Max, do you mean shorter than what would be your pole length using the traditional method of determining pole size (holding pole upside down, etc.)? Do you feel that this might cause one to bend at the waist to get pole contact? Alternatively, could a slightly longer pole help maintain an upright stance? Lastly, how does does the fact that bindings now often have about one inch of lift effect this equation?
post #4 of 8
I was on 52s for a while and have been MUCH happier at 50 inch.

That's at 6'-0", many ski with even shorter. Forces you to get down.
post #5 of 8
I like short poles. I've got a pretty low stance and don't get into the whole binding lifter thing.
post #6 of 8
Couple of threads here about it. I am skiing a 47 after skiing a long of 51 or so.
post #7 of 8
i'm 6ft and ski a 49 (goode 50in, shorted by 1inch)
post #8 of 8
It's not jsut your height that goes into selecting a pole, it is also your arm length. taller height>longer pole, shorter arm>longer pole.
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