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Ski Poles of the Past

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 Check out these great poles!  This is from a 1966 Skiing Magazine:



Now look carefully at the placement of the ad with the one above it:



Those were the days.
post #2 of 47
 somebody just started a thread on the pole of the future,...maybe he should look at these.  this could just be the greatest idea ever created.  
post #3 of 47
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 somebody just started a thread on the pole of the future,...maybe he should look at these.  this could just be the greatest idea ever created.  
Did they really?!  My, what a coincidence. 
post #4 of 47
Brillant and they worked too.
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 Buddy Christ approves
post #6 of 47
Those are some well calibrated poles up there!


Old poles are the best.
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I'll play....
post #8 of 47
II gave an old pair of blue Scotts awwy with a pair of Olins two years ago.  It the pole doesn't have leather straps it isn't worth a darn. 
post #9 of 47
Anybody know where to find Kerma baskets?  One basket on my old 75 set went out last year.  They are old friends that have shared many adventures, and they don't like staying home.    They are colored to go with the Rossie Stratos cocks and all.  Named them Left and Right.
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II gave an old pair of blue Scotts awwy with a pair of Olins two years ago.  It the pole doesn't have leather straps it isn't worth a darn. 

Personally, I don't like poles WITH straps, except for backcountry use. The Scotts are all I use 95% of the time for area skiing.
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Old poles are the best.

 
2nd that! Old poles are indestructible!!!!!
post #12 of 47
 Old poles are fine but make sure they are properly calibrated. 
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post #14 of 47
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 Old poles are fine but make sure they are properly calibrated. 

Are you still offering calibration on vintage ski poles?
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Are you still offering calibration on vintage ski poles?

I cannot speak for anyone else, but we still have our pre Y2K calibrator and it is 97.8% accurate. Of course since the poles aren't indemnified, you will have to sign a waiver. 
post #16 of 47
Here's my collection







MR
post #17 of 47
Odd, the first day back on skis after an 18 year layoff, I broke a circa 1974 Scott pole while pushing my way through the lift line. Just snapped off clean, about six inches above the basket; no kinking or bending.

Then I bent one of the replacement poles the following weekend. Still using those, unfortunately.

I also have a pair of Kerma poles, that say Countach on them, both bent, vintage unknown. One of my kids acquired them at a garage sale. Lastly, there is a pair of Barrecrafters steel poles, circa 1969, badly in need of baskets, but otherwise usable.

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2nd that! Old poles are indestructible!!!!!
 
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Odd, the first day back on skis after an 18 year layoff, I broke a circa 1974 Scott pole while pushing my way through the lift line. Just snapped off clean, about six inches above the basket; no kinking or bending.

Then I bent one of the replacement poles the following weekend. Still using those, unfortunately.

I also have a pair of Kerma poles, that say Countach on them, both bent, vintage unknown. One of my kids acquired them at a garage sale. Lastly, there is a pair of Barrecrafters steel poles, circa 1969, badly in need of baskets, but otherwise usable.



 

You have my most sincere condolences.

Baskets are the bane of collectors. Especially those with the rubber spokes holding the metal 'wheel'. Just look at them and they crumble.

MR
post #19 of 47
Those Kerma straps had one of the simplest and best safety systems that I've ever seen. One side attaches to the plastic adjustment piece in the middle by snaping into a cylindrical slot. If you pull hard it will come out. There was a second slot I never used that I think would probably not come out, or be very difficult to come out.
I really don't know why this hasn't been done since. It's like "they" keep reinventing the wheel when they had fabulous 20 inch alloys on the last car, but forgot about 'em.

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 Buddy Christ approves
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I just noticed: Ummmmm Beeeeeer!
post #21 of 47
MASTER RACER; very nice collection.  Your 'white elephant' army poles are of course great, but the old Heads are truly a treat.  Are those the silver ones?  Very impressive, those were always fragile baskets even new.

How a bout the old Dual Taper, any of those survive?  They would break at some very unusual locations, and they did have a different swing weight.
post #22 of 47
Thanks Stranger (sounds like a western movie),

I damaged the white elephants when running a DH at Ski Cooper on my woodies, leathers and 10th Mt. outfit. Head poles? You know more than I do. There are four pairs of Scotts, the rest are un-marked (or I need to take a closer look).

MR
post #23 of 47
I took a close look at the baskets on the tallest, steel poles and they are in fact Head baskets! It isn't really clear if they were original to the poles or not. Thanks for helping me ID my gear, Stranger!
post #24 of 47
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Personally, I don't like poles WITH straps, except for backcountry use. The Scotts are all I use 95% of the time for area skiing.

That's contrary to CW.   Other than XC, why would you want straps in the BC?
post #25 of 47
Love the Scott grips!  If I ever break my 35 year old Scott poles, the blue grips are going to be grafted onto a donor.  I've got a set of yellow grips too, but they always look grungy.

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I'll play....

 
post #26 of 47
I have one set of yellow Scott grips, on a pair of Scott Aspect poles (one of which is slightly bent) and another pair of loose blue ones that I found in a mom-and-pop ski shop last year. I'm probably going to mate one of the blue ones to the remaining single vintage Scott pole that I have, along with a basket scrounged from one of my bent Kermas, so I can have two straight poles with Scott grips; one red anodized vintage pole with a blue grip, and one newer black pole with a yellow grip. I skied for five years with Frankenboots, I can probably make a pair of Frankenpoles work until I can get a job good enough to buy some new poles (which will receive one of the pairs of Scott grips.)
post #27 of 47
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That's contrary to CW.   Other than XC, why would you want straps in the BC?
 

I like to be able to have a hand free without worrying about where my poles might end up, usually back down where I just came up ....straps do that me. If in a "high risk" area, well first off I don't want to be there, but I could simply take my hand out, no?
post #28 of 47
Sure, just wanted to know your motivation.  I personally hate the Scott grips, but what ever floats your boat?
post #29 of 47
You can still get a pair of drinkin poles http://www.coldpole.com/home.htm
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Sure, just wanted to know your motivation.  I personally hate the Scott grips, but what ever floats your boat?

It is interesting based on a few threads about the Scott "thumbuster" grips, that they are one of those gear items that people seem to either love or hate.

I like that
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