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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
As for "why not more high-end?", well, it's hard to sell a $95 aluminum pole. Sure they sell if they are on sale but they don't sell at a margin that keeps a shop in business. Carbon/composite is more likely to sell at a 'livable margin'. People want 'tough and cheap' most of the time, others want the 'best/lightest' and they go composite.
You hit the nail on the head as I see it. Most skiers equate carbon fiber with expensive and can't comprehend spending $100 on a set of "cheap" aluminum poles. Personally I hate composite poles. The cheap ones are heavy and the expensives always seem to be "off" in terms of balance. I always loved the Scott Team Issue poles and used them for years, but in 9 years of working in a shop I can't recall selling a single pair to a regualr customer.
post #32 of 34
High end aluminum poles need not cost 100 dollars. I don't know anything about the PSIA brands, but you can buy Swix or Scott aluminum slalom race poles for 70 bucks or less...with a retailer making a healthy margin.

Or, more fun, you can remove the grips and baskets from your bent or broken Scott poles and put them on ~15 dollar Scott rental poles...which are pretty much the best aluminum shafts there are without any heavy paint process.
post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post
You hit the nail on the head as I see it. Most skiers equate carbon fiber with expensive and can't comprehend spending $100 on a set of "cheap" aluminum poles. Personally I hate composite poles. The cheap ones are heavy and the expensives always seem to be "off" in terms of balance. I always loved the Scott Team Issue poles and used them for years, but in 9 years of working in a shop I can't recall selling a single pair to a regualr customer.
Actually they both are rip-offs. I was at Sears the other day and saw 100% carbon fiber pool cues for under $50. Having seen high end carbon and aluminum ski poles in person, I can tell you that this cue was several magnitudes more worthy of the price that these ski poles command; when looked at from the standpoint of material, design, and finish. But I digress, the WCers that I have seen with Leki poles, usually have a carbon/ aluminum model that I have seen only once for retail sale, the models that are everywhere are all aluminum.
post #34 of 34
Richie have you gone and played with a straight CT1? It is a thing of beauty. If I spent money on luxury items, I'd have poles like that. In the meantime I have aluminum poles that are stiff, reasonably light, and reasonably cheap to replace.
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