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What makes a good pole?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am looking in to getting some new poles. My current ones are cheap and they are a little bent.

 

I need to know what makes a good pole. I see some costing upwards of $100 and I need to find what is the best bang for the buck without getting ridiculous. What makes a $130 pole cost so much versus say a $60 pole?

 

I appreciate any and all feedback. Suggestions are encouraged.

post #2 of 16

I find that solid brass with about 4in. diameter provide the best results.  and of course it needs to run floor to ceiling, don't cheap out on a short pole.

post #3 of 16

For someone of your caliber I would go with the $130 pole.

 

When I learn to ski I might stop using free/$1 poles.

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

I am looking in to getting some new poles. My current ones are cheap and they are a little bent.

 

I need to know what makes a good pole. I see some costing upwards of $100 and I need to find what is the best bang for the buck without getting ridiculous. What makes a $130 pole cost so much versus say a $60 pole?

 

I appreciate any and all feedback. Suggestions are encouraged.

 

I realize that it isn't working as well as it normally does at the moment, but I would suggest you try the search function as this is something that has RECENTLY been discussed at great length.

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

I am looking in to getting some new poles. My current ones are cheap and they are a little bent.

 

I need to know what makes a good pole.

Good pole must be light, well balanced, not too stiff or too flexy.
 

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

I will search, but if you have any suggestions on the best pole for the dollar I would appreciate it.

 

I really...really hate not getting a good deal, or buying over-priced junk.

post #7 of 16

goode or Liki are the very best. Ive been useing my Goode system poles 30-70 days a year for 16 years!!!! Beat that! They are soooo Awsome realy. The poles are thin and super strong unbreakable or bendable. They clip into a special glove made for them. There are three gloves to choose from. Liki just started doing this but Goode been doing it the longest i would trust Goode composite over Liki any day! I have the new race glove in leather with the padding. The Quality is second to nothing. Minus 30 skiing nice and warm. You dont have to clip in the pole they come with straps if you perfer but once youve gone to the clip ins youll never bother with straps again. Go to there web site hears a link. My poles are adjustable up to 4 inches with an allen screw. So nice, I look at them and people cant believe I got them 16 years ago! They look so high tech. http://www.goode.com/skipoleswhy.html If you look on the side bar upper left the gloves are there. Poles and gloves best money can buy. This is the glove poles I use in this link here. http://www.goode.com/skipolesinterloc.html


Edited by whipper - Tue, 03 Feb 09 01:35:17 GMT
post #8 of 16

Usualy a good pole can make a great sausage from almost anything and is a lot of fun to drink with

post #9 of 16

I go to a ski swap and buy.  I've got composite poles that cost me all of $7 and they're the most expensive ones I've ever bought.  Over 45 years of skiing I've spent $12 on purchasing poles.  I've spent much more on replacement baskets.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ryan Pringnitz View Post

 

I need to know what makes a good pole.

 

Every time I've paid real money for poles, I've been disappointed.  The grips on my Goodes were made of super-slippery plastic and the baskets lasted about half a season each (replaced 4 times), and the baskets on my Arnos constantly got caught in bushes and trees.  Neither made me ski better, and the Goodes actually made me ski worse because I so often spent most of a ski day missing one pole basket.

 

So my advice is: the best pole is the cheapest pole.

 

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

I appreciate spatters honest feedback.

 

I just want some poles that will not bend and do what they are made to do, while being light.

post #12 of 16

Hmmm, no help here.  I bought some Kneissel poles back in 76-77ish and have been using them ever since.  Leather straps, which breakaway when necessary.  I think I changed the baskets once though.

post #13 of 16

I've found that I really like telescoping poles.  I want my poles longer in POW and shorter in the bumps.  I also like having the POW basket which is great for traverse in soft snow.  To your original question about cost...the basic tradeoff is how light a pole you want.  Carbon fiber is expensive--typically as much as double the cost.  Some people are not satisfied with the durabilty of carbon fiber poles.  After that its just an issue of whether you want fixed length or telescoping poles.  I think you can get a great pair of poles for $50-$60.

post #14 of 16

Buy some Scott World Cup poles.

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by MGskier View Post

Good pole must be light, well balanced, not too stiff or too flexy.
 

How odd.  High end poles are designed to be as stiff as practical, regardless of material.

 

Good poles retail for 60 dollars and up, but can occasionally be found for less if discounted.  Cheap poles suck.  Buy what Lucky suggested, or buy the Swix WC I recommend.  Either way you'll be set.

post #16 of 16

My only requirement now is that it must be carbon.  After dealing with "tennis" elbow from a season of hard pole plants (in the moguls) using very stiff aluminum poles I'll never use aluminum again.  The carbon is light and has just the right amount of give.  Of course they're not as resilient to breakage, but that's the compromise I've chosen to take.


Edited by Noodler - Wed, 04 Feb 09 17:43:54 GMT
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