OUR 5 TIPS ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKI POLE
Slopes, racing, hiking or Snow Park, each have their own type of ski pole! Your Poles will allow you to climb or make turns while maintaining stability. Choose a ski pole according to your size and type of ride in order to fully enjoy your day of skiing.
1. CHOOSE POLES ACCORDING TO YOUR SIZE
Choosing the right size of ski pole is fundamental. This will help you have a good position on your skis. To choose the right size there is a simple method:
1. Take a folding rule in your hand and press it on the floor.
2. Keep the upper arms to the body and make sure that there is a 90° angle between the upper and lower arms.
3. The measurement at the top of your hand + 5cm tell you the right pole length.
4. Your result should be about your height times 0.7. Use this formula for control.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MATERIALS
Aluminium is solid but might be a bit heavier. Different grades of aluminium exist in order to provide different qualities of tubes: Aluminium 5086 or Dural is going to be very tough Aluminium 7075 or Zycral will be resistant, lightweight and well balanced. Fiber is lighter and offers a thinner pole. A composite tube is very resistant, very light and well balanced.
3. CCHOOSE A COMFORTABLE GRIP;
The grips that will bring you the best comfort are the ones adapted to your hand.
Choose one that provides the best comfort in hand. Flexible material provides a good grip and helps shock absorption. Don’t forget the specific grips such as the women or junior grip.
4. CHOOSE A BASKET ADAPTED TO YOUR RIDE
Located at the end of the pole, the basket prevents the pole from sinking into the snow. A small basket will be more suited for the slopes and race. A larger basket is more suitable for freeride in deep snow. Some poles come with interchangeable baskets or additional baskets can be purchased separately.
5. CHOOSE YOUR STRAP
Most poles use a flexible nylon wrist strap. The main difference between straps depends on the material and width. A wider strap will be more comfortable.
Tip : When trying on wrist straps in a store, wear ski gloves to ensure they’ll be easy on/off when you’re on the mountain. Therefore, in order to find the perfect fit, make sure to adapt the size, basket and handle to your practice. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to come and see us in our shops.