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Ideal Ski Pole Length?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

What are your theories on the proper ski pole length?

I've always suggested the old 90 degree forearm while standing upright and hand holding below the basket, but since getting onto shape skis found that my tips were dragging. So I chopped my carbons down 5 cm's to start, then another 10 more cm's and they seem to feel pretty good.

I'm sure most will say whatever I'm most comfortable with but I'm starting to wonder if maybe I'm skiing too far forward and have adaprted my poles to fit my possibly improper technique.

Comments? Ideas? Do you guys use different pole lengths according to conditions or terrain?
post #2 of 11
I've always thought a pole should be long enough to reach the ground. But, seriously folks, I think you're right about the old advice of 90 degrees being too long. I think mine are inadvertantly a couple of inches shorter than that plus the fact we're all mounted a little higher these days. On the other hand, too short can be hard for poling and probably throws you forward.

P.S., I'm glad you did something about that tip dragging on the ground ...
post #3 of 11

I was told by my ski instructor that the best way to measure for poles is to be in a skiing position (rather than an upright position) when measuring poles. I had to cut 5cm off my poles after receiving this advice. I would have thought that having too long poles is worse than too short.
post #4 of 11
I use ~46.5" in bumps and ~49.5" in steep powder (Both were cut from original length 48 and 50in. respectively), 48" for a GS pole.

Of course, I have too much time on my hands.

What happened to that fun little hug-the-beerkeg CSIA style? You couldn't drag tips if you wanted to.

[ December 16, 2003, 03:50 PM: Message edited by: comprex ]
post #5 of 11
I too always used to 90 deg. with hand under basket technique, but last weekend at ETU, instructor Ric Reiter said he found the best way was to measure the pole to put the end of the handle one inch below the xyphoid process (when standing). This is the small bit of bone that protrudes down from the junction of the ribs below the sternum (breast bone).

post #6 of 11
Wow, I cut my poles shorter four or five years ago. Back in the day's of my K2 Fours. Glad to see I had the right idea. Now if PSIA would figure this one out, yea, like that's going to happen, may be my instructor friends will step into the present.
post #7 of 11
Got to dissent a bit. Just got new poles and I went next stpe longer this time- at 90 but erring on the long side. I find that I'm not crouching as much and it supports a more upright stance. I do have a tendancy to plant wider tho..
post #8 of 11
Whatever is on sale.
post #9 of 11
I cut my poles three times and they are still too short!

What gives? :
post #10 of 11
Yuki, you are not cutting them fast enough. Try it again but cut the pole faster this time!!!!

post #11 of 11
Now Larry & Moe won't gimme the saw back. :
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