I have stocked up on gear and the last things I need are poles and a ski bag. I will start a thread on the ski bag/tube a little later. Right now I am interested in poles. I have measured my wife and I with a long metal ruler that has a T square and have found that from the floor up to the top of our thumbs, with our arms bent at 90 degrees we measure:
Me: with boots on 46"; without boots on 45.5", which has me at a range of 114.3 to 116.8 cm.
My wife: with boots on: 40.5"; without boots on: 39.5" , which has her in the range of 100.3 to 102.9 cm.
I have read in this thread : http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/86690/poles and some suggests cutting 2 inches off the length in order to stay forward. MY WIFE AND I ARE BEGINNERS, so perhaps staying forward is an important thing for us.
From the aforesaid thread ,I also learned that a composite pole made up of aluminum and carbon would be the best choice. I also learned that breakaway wrist bands and a comfortable grip are also things to look for. Leki and Scott as the best brands. If you have a thought on that, please comment.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions on length or material I would appreciated. Suggestions on I specific model would also be appreciated. My budget is $75 - $150 for each SET of poles, but if I have to go a little higher for something that makes a difference, I guess I can.
I look forward to reading your responses. Thanks in advance!