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smackboy1

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Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:33:12 pm »
OK, so now that I've got a new ski jacket and pants (Spyder OSMO technology) and new gloves (Columbia Outdry technology), I've got me eyes set on some adjustable ski poles. Currently using Goode fixed graphite poles. Looking for something lightweight but with a solid locking mechanism (I've borrowed adjustable poles where the locking mechanisms slip). Any advice appreciated.

This forum is giving my wallet quite a workout!
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jbotti

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Re: Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 09:32:38 pm »
Why go adjustable? You aren't growing are you? I got my daughter some Leki Trggier grip adjustable poles and they are very nice, but for a fully grown person why add the weight when you can get great fixed length poles that are great.

smackboy1

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Re: Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2012, 10:12:18 pm »
You aren't growing are you?

My wife and kids would say that I am still growing - just not any taller  :P

I'm thinking about adjustable poles because after demoing a pair I want to play around with the length for different conditions e.g. icy groomers, powder, bumps etc..

If I leave my skis at home I can at least bring my own poles in my regular luggage (hate those aluminum rental poles).

You bring up a good point about the weight. Are there adjustable poles that are all carbon?
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dan.boisvert

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Re: Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 08:35:01 pm »
You bring up a good point about the weight. Are there adjustable poles that are all carbon?

Black Diamond makes some.  Check out their selection here: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/ski-poles

I've had a pair of their Traverse poles for 4-5 years, and they've survived a lot of beatings.  The baskets on these are all bigger than normal poles intended for on-piste usage, so they catch a lot of wind, but I didn't have any other issues with them.  I switched to some Scott aluminum poles once I figured out what length I liked, mostly for baskets that caught less wind.

jbotti

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Re: Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 12:28:09 pm »
Leki makes a high end adjustable trigger grip pole. I love the trgger grips and use them on their race slalom poles. This is a lightweight CF/Kevlar pole. It's pricey but it's probably the best adjustable pole made. At this time of year you can probably find them online at a nice discount.

http://www.leki.com/skiing/skiingPole.php?pID=276

Liam

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Re: Adjustable Ski Pole Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2012, 07:28:56 am »
adjustable poles are great to have if you use them for AT hikes and climbs, backcountry trekking, snowshoe climbs (with skis on pack)  etc as well as resort skiing.  Also, there is something to the shorter pole in moguls...you won't hear that too often around here, but I do suggest trying it out once or twice before writing off the concept.

I'm a fixed pole guy myself...but I do recommend if you are looking for one set of poles, make sure it comes with a powder basket (or at least interchangeable baskets).