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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Why are grips ...
Well, why are grips not more generic, they are form fitted for one direction?
I notice I almost always try to hold on to them backwards when i get off the chair. Rarely do i actually get the grip correct in my hand. It has gotten to the point where i'll just not use the poles until I have too and just herringbone wherever i need to go. Which isn't a bad thing, cause I can never seem to herringbone with the poles, only without them.

Do they make a more generic grip for the poles? Or is it good to stick with the directional ones?
I would really like to work on pole planting during my turns. I think it will help keep my weight in front of me and help me execute my turns better. Just thought I'd ask about the grips for when I purchase my own poles and stop borrowing these poor ole aluminum poles which are... Well used. haha. They look like somebody was jousting with them, but they work. Just done some cross checks into people before I guess.
Wow I need to cut down the chatter late at night...
eep.
post #2 of 22
The Armada Instrument is the pole for you.

I thought I would find the omnidirectional grip annoying, but can't say I have in practice. I do wish the ferrule was sharper. That I do find annoying enough to use different poles on hard snow days.

http://www.skirack.com/browse.cfm/4,5156.html
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
nothing a grinder and some machinery experience can't fix. =)
post #4 of 22
seriously??? This is really an issue? can't you just twist the pole until the grip is in your hand comfortably. Your hands are anatomically designed don't you think they'd like a grip designed the same way?
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
Seriously, can't you capitalize your letters properly as well? The shift key is designed to do this so your sentences look good.

No really, I'd rather concern myself with other things then the direction of my grips on my poles. Like the novice skiers trying to knock me over, or the 30 snow boarders who are sitting in the way and I have to herringbone though them.
It's okay to take the extra second to get them right, but my gloves are really sticky to grips, so its actually a PITA to get them right if I don't the first time.
And I don't "GRIP" the grips hard, so I could care less if they are ergonomically correct. I just want something that will fit in my hand easily and without thought every time.

Sorry for being a dick, but you were pretty rude.
post #6 of 22

Poles

Talyn, get poles like everyone else and use them as they were intended. A day will come in your skiing when you will use your poles a lot for various different reasons and then you will appreciate how they are set up.

Before you get off the lift put the pole in the right place in your hand to eliminate doing this as, you are herringboning through boarders. Sliding through boarders is pretty common these days as you get off a lift but I always YELL "Watch your hands" as I go bye. If I herringboned thru I would yell, "Watch out for you bode dude".
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post
I notice I almost always try to hold on to them backwards when i get off the chair. Rarely do i actually get the grip correct in my hand.
this just makes no sense . . . when you put your hand through the strap the grip is oriented the right way . . .
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by cometjo View Post
this just makes no sense . . . when you put your hand through the strap the grip is oriented the right way . . .
Straps are for people who like breaking bones.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post
Seriously, can't you capitalize your letters properly as well? The shift key is designed to do this so your sentences look good.

HEY YOUR RIGHT THIS LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER I SERIOUSLY CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH EVEN THOUGH YOU WERENT TALKING TO ME THIS IS A HUGE HELP BTW I HAVE A POLE YOU CAN GRAB AND IT DOESNT MATTER HOW YOU DO IT.
post #10 of 22
Ask this question at tetongravity.com/forums, they're much more helpful over there
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yea. I don't put my hands through the straps.

I don't honestly see a difference between how grip oriented grips would make any difference on strait poles. Was just looking for an alternative that I would like.

I'm really glad the few times I've fell and lost my poles that they were not strapped to my wrists, they would have been broke or hurt me.

The other reason I want poles with grips I like is because of using the pole plant. An oriented grip will make no difference either way IMO unless it has hand guards, or the pole is not strait.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post
oriented strait. Was just looking for an alternative that I would like.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
THank you.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post
THank you.
Extreme boredom and no life here.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
That's why I'm on here. Can't ski, can't really work, even though I was this last weekend. haha.
I'm hoping to learn some stuff, but apparently I'm not making friends to well. I guess if you respond to a Dick, by being a BIGGER Dick, they get upset and put you on ignore.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Talyn View Post
That's why I'm on here. Can't ski, can't really work, even though I was this last weekend. haha.
I'm hoping to learn some stuff, but apparently I'm not making friends to well. I guess if you respond to a Dick, by being a BIGGER Dick, they get upset and put you on ignore.
Yea, been sick for 2 weeks here, going insane. Try finding an old scott grip and shave the little nubs off with a razor. You can normally find them on poles for $1 at thrift shops. Another option is to buy ODI ruffian lock on grips and make a few small shims out of a thin bar of aluminum and a bunch of gorilla glue to hold them on.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have a set of old scott poles and grips that I use right now.
The grips like in the first post are exactly what I'm looking for. I just don't really want to spend 75 on a set of ski poles that are aluminum ya know?
I was thinking about just getting some bike grips and throwing them on a set of poles.
I'm really not opposed to directional grips, they just seem unnecessary to me.
I'd really like a set of composite poles they are talking about, those are pretty sweet.
post #18 of 22
Oddly, what you call "directional", I think of as universal, being as how my grips are actually hand-specific, right and left, which is about as directional as you can get.

If there's a "mom and pop" type ski shop in your area, they might have a box of odds and ends pole grips laying around in a back room somewhere. I found one of my two sets of Scott strapless grips at Eskimo in Denver that way. The guy had a box with about a hundred homeless pole grips in it.
post #19 of 22
Just a thought. Some pole companies build 5 degree cants in their grips. This allows the skier to reach a tad further in the pole plant. Only a directional grip will allow the cant.

Dennis
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Grips are directional by the fact they are made to be held in one direction. Which is silly to me unless they are not strait.
Thus directional. =)

I love the Ski Shop Tip, that might be my ticket right there.
post #21 of 22

Rip the grips off and tape it like a hockey stick.  Done.

 

I will be your friend despite your OP question  being very odd indeed.

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Racer256 View Post

Rip the grips off and tape it like a hockey stick.  Done.

 

I will be your friend despite your OP question  being very odd indeed.

 

I'm glad you shall imbrace my insanity oddness. Cheers.

 

I tottaly forgot i was goign to edit this post.

I was going to say, The hockey tape thing is an awesome idea. but with such big hands, i need grips to hold on too.
I eagle claw the poles in the lift line as well.


Edited by Talyn - Sun, 01 Feb 09 17:58:23 GMT
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