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post #1 of 13
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I am a 5 ft female, 105 lbs looking to buy a decent pair of poles. The recommended length seems to be 42". I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Goode Junior Extreme 12.7 poles. They have the 42" length (max they have) and it's only $22. The description says:

The JUNIOR EXTREME 12.7 features a 12.7mm Composite shaft, single density grips, Inter-ChangeTM basket system and is Inter-LocTM capable.

Do you think this is a pretty good buy? The adult Goode poles are significantly more expensive and the only difference seems to be the single vs dual density grips. Are there any other differences I should be aware of? Thanks!
post #2 of 13
I don't have that fancy-shmancy Inter-Loc system on my 10-year-old Goode Composites, and mine are about 7-8" longer than what you're looking for, but note the bit about 10-year-old poles. These things last and last, and I don't see any sign of them wearing out.

As for getting the juniors vs. the adult, it looks like they're pretty much the same. What kind of skiing will you be doing? As long as you're not going crazy you should be fine...but I definitely recommend getting to a local dealer and checking out the difference (call if you can't get to one)...there's a chance the grips may not be a comfortable size. But if everything checks out, then go for it and save some $$$ for your lift tickets!
post #3 of 13
the lower end goode (in both jr and ad) use the 12.7 shaft that is a lot more weight then the 10.? shaft. Also a lot cheaper for the 12.7mm
post #4 of 13
Level Nine Sports sells Goode Defiance ski poles (for $27) that I give a perfect 4 stars. They are made of a composite called "vylon." The grips can be removed with an allen wrench and you can cut them down with a hacksaw if they are too long (I have successfully done so). Note that I have no affiliation, whatsoever, with Level Nine. I just think their Goode Defiance ski poles are a terrific bargain.

STE
post #5 of 13
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Level Nine Sports sells Goode Defiance ski poles (for $27) that I give a perfect 4 stars. They are made of a composite called "vylon." The grips can be removed with an allen wrench and you can cut them down with a hacksaw if they are too long (I have successfully done so). Note that I have no affiliation, whatsoever, with Level Nine. I just think their Goode Defiance ski poles are a terrific bargain
Thanks, I checked out the site. Great that they have it in size 42. A few questions though. Does it still say Goode on the poles or is there no brand? The description says it is like the super max poles but the Goode site says super max poles cannot be used for all mountain. why is that the case? i do mostly eastern mountains but just on the groomed areas. not sure what all mountain refers to in this case
post #6 of 13
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since junior poles are significantly cheaper, i was wondering if anyone has recommendations for light, high end junior poles that won't break the bank.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by krystle920 View Post
since junior poles are significantly cheaper, i was wondering if anyone has recommendations for light, high end junior poles that won't break the bank.
http://www.reliableracing.com/detail.cfm?edp=11085578

(no affiliation with the seller, merely an example; there are other deals out there. )
post #8 of 13
I was on vacation for a few days so I didn't see your questions.

1. I have Goode Defiance Ski poles (silver color) that I bought from L9 in 06/07 and 07/08. All pairs I have purchased said "Goode" on them. Not sure about the 08/09 model tho. You could contact L9 about this.

2. Not 100% sure what you mean about super max poles not being intended for all-mountain use. Here's a link to Goode's web site:

http://www.goode.com/skipolemodel2.html

Where they describe the super max poles as follows:

"The SUPER-MAX 12.7 features a Composite shaft, new dual density grips, Inter-ChangeTM basket system and is Inter-LocTM Capable. This model provides good all-around performance and durability for those skiers looking for good performance and value."

I use the Goode defiance poles for all-mountain skiing, and I would guess that Goode's statement that they provide "good all-around performance and durability" means they are intended for all-mountain use.

I hope that helps.

Best of luck,

STE
post #9 of 13
I am a huge Goode fan, but not a fan of the Vylon poles, they are heavy. Look for a k2 3Karat pole, much lighter swing weight and available in a 42" 3 Karat
post #10 of 13
I worked in a shop for years to pay my way through college. I always loved their poles and coveted a pair for myself when selling the hell out of them.

Goode moved their production from Utah to China 3 years ago. The quality the first year was awful compared to what they had been doing. I don't know if it picked back up again / they ever got the QC back under control. I always wanted a pair and (before I knew what they had done) bought two pair - one for my business partner and one for me as a present. Pieces like the ice picks on the end that fell off or the handle's adjuster being stripped were bad. Details like shoddy molding of the handles and problems with color matching (handles / baskets and print were all different shades) were disappointing. They were the best poles going at one time.

This is not a bag on China manufacturing at all. It is simply that it has to be done right. Perhaps things are better now - it was their first year and I got by chance their first stuff. Either way, beware.
post #11 of 13
QC hasn't been an issue from what I have seen.
post #12 of 13
I'll call it a rumor, but I believe Goode is soon to be done manufacturing in China.

I have a pair that are close to 20 years old, have cleared thousands of slalom gates without pole guards & are still in one piece. I had a pair of composite poles from another major manufacturer a couple of years ago that snapped on their 1st SL run. Goodes changeable baskets are great. The only problem I've had is looseing the tip, which is easily replaced. I've also lost tips from other manufacturers poles & the whole pole needs to be replaced.
Goodes are good.
JF
post #13 of 13
I guess Phil and I just look for different things in ski poles. I prefer the more "solid" feel of the Goode vylon poles and their resistance to wear and tear. I agree they are probably a bit heavier than some other types of ski poles.

I have a pair of K2 4 Speed composite poles that I bought near the end of the 06/07 season after I lost my first pair of Goode defiance poles (my fault, left 'em behind). They did not feel as "solid" as the Goode poles and, with just two or three weeks of use, the metalic colored coating on the K2 4 Speed poles was flaking off (it didn't seem to affect performance). I purchased a couple of new pairs of Goode poles at the beginning of the 07/08 season and haven't used the K2 poles since.

IMHO the Goode vylon poles seem to stand up to significantly more abuse. One time when I was landing (or failing to land, as was actually the case) a jump in the park the edge of my ski ran down the side of the Goode pole and sheared off half the basket. The only visible damage to the pole itself was a thin white streak on the coating. No chipping or peeling.
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