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World's lightest poles?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Goode claims to make the world's lightest ski poles, the Carbon Super-Lite, but no one seems to know what they weigh.
Their website doesn't have *any* weight or materials specs for this or any other pole in their line.
It gets better: I called Goode and got their "tech" guy WHO DIDN'T KNOW anything about pole weights, or for that matter about construction or materials!

In spite of the cluelessness of Goode's sales & marketing depts., let's just say I'm curious what $160 for the Super-Lite buys you in weight savings over their basic, $80 G-Carbon model, or even over their $50 fiberglass G-Max model.

Does anyone out there have a pair of Goode poles and a digital scale to get an actual weight?
Please indicate pole model, length, and actual weight per pole in grams or ounces.
Any Goode pole model would do as a starting point.
post #2 of 16
 I don't have a scale but any of their 10.4 poles will be uber light, these retail for +/-$100.00. The $50.00 G-max poles are actually fairly heavy. 
post #3 of 16
Do yourself a favor and check out the Swix composite racing poles.  They are very rigid and as a result feel very light.  When poles are whippy they have a tendency to feel heavier.
post #4 of 16
I have a pair of Goode carbon poles, 50" long.  I believe it's this model.  Anyway, according to my digital scale, one of them weighs in at 0.52 pounds, and the other is 0.50 pounds.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
All right, so Goode's second-lightest Pure Carbon model weighs on average 0.51lbs / 232g per pole for 50".

Anyone know what the top-end Super-Lite model, or one of the lower end poles (G-carbon, Super-Max, G-Max) weighs?

By way of comparison, my current Scott Pro Taper Carbons are 0.54lbs / 245g each in 50".
 
I'm actually shopping for 48" poles for the wife at the moment, which leads me to a technical question: it looks like the Goodes are continuous diameter:
Can I buy a longer pole (54" on closeout all over the place) and cut it down to 48"?
post #6 of 16
 my poles are the lightest.  I don't use any like a kid in ski school.  They only seem to get in my way.  And yes, I am WELL aware that I am basically alone on this one.  Plus, it is very difficult to blaze a doobie when your hands are full.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

 my poles are the lightest.  I don't use any ... .

I think I just caught a whiff of eau d' troll, or is that a ski pole I see in your avatar-hand?
post #8 of 16
My poles are filled with helium,  They have negative weight.  If it wasn't for my straps they would fly away.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Serves me right: as a recovering bikeorexic I should know better than to indulge my weight-weenie tendencies in another sporting discipline!

Honestly, this one's for the pure science of it fellas!
If Goode really does make the "world's lightest poles," surely someone must know their weight?!?
If not, then riches and fame await the man who first discovers & publishes it!
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Veloscente View Post




I think I just caught a whiff of eau d' troll, or is that a ski pole I see in your avatar-hand?
 
I really don't use poles.  My fiance, also pictured, forced me to try them again because she, as a Vail ski school level 8, could not believe that I didn't like them.  I proved it to her that day.  I will not be doing that again.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Veloscente View Post
I think I just caught a whiff of eau d' troll, or is that a ski pole I see in your avatar-hand?
 

TBH/FYI, when I first read your original post I strongly suspected electric motor power .
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
TBH/FYI, when I first read your original post I strongly suspected electric motor power .
It's a quixotic quest, I know, but that's the beauty of a gear-freak forum:
I thought I could satisfy my desire to determine the outer-limits of stupid-light ski-pole construction with a quick call to Goode.
Turns out, all I learned was that they'd hired some stupid-lightweight to field their tech questions.
It may be they butter their bread selling waterskis and don't give a rat's a** about the snow product, but this sort of thing brings out the hard-boiled private investigator in me.
So here I am, pounding the icy pavement of the snowsport underworld, hitting up a bunch of shady characters/Muppets for intel.
post #13 of 16
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So here I am, pounding the icy pavement of the snowsport underworld, hitting up a bunch of shady characters/Muppets for intel.
 

Excuse you?  You will definitely end up getting a good answer, but if you cannot STAND some tangents and good fun, you are in the wrong place.  I think you know where you can shove your post.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Veloscente View Post

So here I am, pounding the icy pavement of the snowsport underworld, hitting up a bunch of shady characters/Muppets for intel.

Actually, that was pretty funny. 
post #15 of 16
Besides the actual weight of whatever pole you're considering, pay attention to the swing effort required to manipulate the pole.

K2's 6-speed model has a very light swing weight, for example. 
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post
Excuse you?  ... if you cannot STAND some tangents and good fun, you are in the wrong place.  I think you know where you can shove your post.

Easy there friend, I wasn't exactly flattering myself by comparing my quest to Don Quixote's.  The hero of a satire ain't much of a hero, if you know what I mean.

For that matter, fans of the hard-boiled detective novel can tell you that heroes like Philip Marlowe aren't any better than the "shady characters" they associate with either.
If anything, I'll take heat for vaingloriously picturing myself sauntering down the mean streets of EpicSki like some Big-Sleep-era Bogart:
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4271086592/tt0038355

Anyhow, I think even without the self-irony I've been speared pretty good.
Let's just call it Goode, clean fun and have done with it.

So who's gonna break out that digital scale and put an end to this sordid tale?
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