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- Ski Pole Buying Guide
Ski Poles of the Past - Page 2
On the left we have a pair of Look 9309 (perhaps 20 years old?) and on the right we have a pair of Scott 'Sport' poles which have been my daily drivers for the last 15+ years, one of them even has the original basket!
edit - sorry, I was drunk.
Edited by sanigene - 11/7/09 at 3:42pm
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
I am still looking for the Marker "thumbsaver" Twincam grips.
My favorite ski poles were the Allsop's with the shock absorber grip. Mine finally broke a few seasons back but I wish I still had them. Sorry I don't have pics.
Those grips posted by rosi smash & spike dog are the worst. I truely believe they were the reason I tore my rotator cuff years ago. I did a head over heels & my hand never came out of the grips causing my arm & shoulder to twist around during the fall.
Nov 24, 2010
I agree with your statment about the Allsops with shock absorber grip. I still have mine and use them occasionally, especially when I feel some soreness in my wrist,elbows or rotor cuff. You can still get poles, although not Allsops, with shock absorber grips. I bought a pair of poles at REI with the REI brand name painted on the shaft, but made by Komperdell (also painted on the shaft). This pole is almost ideal. It not only has shock absorbers built in, but is collapsible as well, so that you can adjust it to different lengths. I got it on sale a few years back, it was like $50-$60 or so. Oh yes, the model of the pole I got is called REI Traverse ski poles. They are made of aluminum. Website with pictures and 5 reviews:
Current listing at REI under REI Traverse Shocklight Trekking Poles for $79.50:
Edited by CharlieP - 11/24/10 at 7:40pm
Nope. Those don't have the shock absorber plus my poles had regular straps. The grip itself was spring loaded & probably had 2-3 inch give to it.
Does anyone have any of the old Dual-Taper, or Prismatic Poles in the collection, or did they all die of natural causes? They were both very cool looking poles that sold for all the money in their day and were competitors for Scott and Head in their time.
Dual Taper was actually something unique in its performance. As the name implies its' thickest point was in the middle of the pole & it got thin towards the grip as well as the tip, so it actually changed the balance and feel of the pole. A dis to the DT was you could not cut them down in length, and that was a time when ski technique and equipment really started changing very quickly (Plastic boots hit the market). I went from a 56" pole to a 46" in one weekend, the next 30 years got me back to a 48"!
Never owned either of these, I was a Scott gut then. Tried both of these at one time or another in the late 60s'. they were cool looking.
Flaunt em' if you got em'.
Found this out on the web, check the shafts, very unique.
Apine Ski Poles
Kevin emailed with some info about these poles. Thanks Kevin!
"Were made by Collins ski products CSP. In the 60's and 70's - Later models were painted black. Original baskets were also hexagonal Doug Collins made them in Bergenfield. NJ - He lives in Emerson. NJ today - They also made the Identi-ski lock."
Edited by Stranger - 11/26/10 at 10:22am
You are probably right. The ones I had the spring, although covered in some kind of plastic wrap, were clearly visible underneath the grip itself. The grip went down on it.
I found them to be excellent poles for bump skiing because they absorbed the shock of pole planting yet at the same time weren't detrimental at all for just poling & pushing on flat surfaces or lift lines. They lasted many, many years before the spring on one pole broke & believe me I beat them up.
Stranger my old man had Prismatic Hexacon poles for many years. His were a light blue color. I wouldn't doubt that if I looked in his backyard shed he still has them. Geeze he has everything else from Head Vector, Fischer Presidents & Kneisel White Stars back there.
Stumbled across this thread in looking around for spare parts for prismatics..
Have 2 pairs of prismatics sill in use in my family from my father, I've been using his 'spares' for over 10 years now, and his are still going strong. I love them, they're almost indestructable!
I would be interested in buying some spare rubber bales for them if anyone has any lying around, certainly want to keep mine running for many more years...
Greetings from the Granite State,
I am very familiar with Prismatic ski poles. Actually still have my last pair, but unfortunately, the rubber on the baskets dried out, therefore, the trash. I am in search of another pair of baskets, so if anyone has any...gimme a shout.
My first pair of Prismatic poles were blue, top of the line, 44 inches and after many years of use and abuse along with my ski edge gashing one of the poles, just north of the basket, that pole finally snapped, but all I did was turn it upside down and shove the remaining pole into the broken end. Was only about an inch shorter than the other one, but who cared. Yes, they were the coolest looking poles out there! Finally broke down and got another pair, gold, not top of the line and when instrucing one day, got run into, not an uncommon thing and one of the poles bent. Don't remember what happened to them, but got another pair of blue ones, 46 inches and still have those, along with my Kneissl Red Stars and Geze bindings....yep, I'm old.
If I remember correctly, they could be cut to length or at least I thought I did have a pair cut, but then again, this was decades ago and Bob Skinner's Ski Shop, Mt Sunapee, NH were god's in my eyes. They could do anything and everything! Ummm...maybe I should give them a call, they just might have a pair hanging around.
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