Sunday, December 17

Ski Pole Buyers Guide

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When selecting ski poles, many things have to be considered. Factors like length, weight and grip has to be considered ahead of selecting the poles. Another factor that has to be considered is the snow type and the terrain. 

Length of ski pole

The first thing one should have to look for while choosing a pole is its length. The length of ski poles can have great impact on the skiers. For choosing the correct length, one has to stand up straight with arms on the two sides. After turning the pole upside down, see if the grip contacts the ground and the elbows stand and ninety degree angle with the forearms. If this is so, then the length is perfect.

Grip

Before buying the pole, look whether the grip is perfect. Always wear gloves and hold the skies as it helps in a wise choice. It is an individual choice of the nylon strap and the plastic strap.

Pole materials

One should also be aware of the materials with which the poles are made. Poles are made of fibreglass, composite, graphite, aluminium and carbon fibre. When comparing the ski poles, the Graphite ones come stronger and in lightweight. It has been seen that the Aluminium ski poles bend in a crash. On the other hand the composite poles do not flex when bend. The carbon fibres are lightweight, water-resistant, flexible and durable.

The right kind of pole

Selecting the right kind of ski pole is essential as the skiing terrain is different. Different poles are used for different terrains. In the slopes, the Cross-country poles are better as it gives a better balance in the snows. The cross-country poles have good length, which gives it more thrust. However, going down a slope, a pole with shorter length is better as it enhances acceleration and more stability. If a skier wants to cruise alongside the slopes, then ski touring poles are the best as these poles are adjustable. In racing, the curved poles are best suited.

Then comes the basket. It is always good to buy poles that have a bigger basket if skiing in soft snow and small baskets if skiing in hard snow.

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