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Poles, the untethered topic?

surfsnowgirl

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I dont think I've ever bought new poles. My first pair came from a discount rack at butternut when I first started skiing 10 years ago. Think I paid $20 for them. I still have them. Any other poles I have came from ebay including my LEKI trigger poles.
 

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32 degrees, lightly drizzling, ski hill not yet open...

Heck yes, I want to see your pole quiver!!!
 

SuzSkis

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So which ones? As I’ve proven, I can make them last a long time, so I’m willing to spend a couple bucks., I just want a pole that is really nice
The kind where the straps are stiff enough to stay "open" (i.e., not floppy), so I can "exit-lift-insert-mitten-go." Mine are Kerma.
 

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I dont think I've ever bought new poles. My first pair came from a discount rack at butternut when I first started skiing 10 years ago. Think I paid $20 for them. I still have them. Any other poles I have came from ebay including my LEKI trigger poles.
I guess folks find a love for the tools. I never put much if any thought in my poles .. if heavy - well I guess that'll build wrist muscle. If lost, I buy cheap.

Like @Yo Momma , lost ones are fine if not claimed.

Having said that, I've bought some "nice" ones for spouse, kids poles including carbon fiber ones .. amazingly light but for me, I tend to need them more getting my aging old butt off the ground after a fall.

edit: straps, never use em, i'd rather climb and fetch my poles than be tethered to em.
 

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Main function of the straps is not to keep your pole from coming off. . It's to assist in pushing off across the flats and climbing up the hill. If using the strap properly you should hardly have to squeeze the handle grip at all. It's all in the wrist..
 

surfsnowgirl

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I guess folks find a love for the tools. I never put much if any thought in my poles .. if heavy - well I guess that'll build wrist muscle. If lost, I buy cheap.

Like @Yo Momma , lost ones are fine if not claimed.

Having said that, I've bought some "nice" ones for spouse, kids poles including carbon fiber ones .. amazingly light but for me, I tend to need them more getting my aging old butt off the ground after a fall.

edit: straps, never use em, i'd rather climb and fetch my poles than be tethered to em.

I've never cared much about my poles, hell I even ski without them sometimes. I'm attached to my rossi poles only because they were my first ski poles and there's a bit of sentiment there. I did buy a new pair of Goode poles for my SO and he loves them. I am quite fond of my LEKI poles but I bought those on ebay. I did buy a pair of LEKI poles for Michael from a friend of mine. I always look for deals. I do use my straps when I'm using my non LEKI poles but I have plenty of friends who don't. I think mrs guy in shorts hurt her thumb one spring because of the pole straps.
 

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I'm a cheap-ass when it comes to poles, I refuse to pay more than $10 for 'em. Found some nice ones at goodwill and garage sales many times. And I de-strap them all, so none of that breakaway fancy schmancy strap tech for me, I've never personally had an issue, but a family member did 2 years of PT due to a pole strap related shoulder injury
 

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Nice.

I have added the E Zee Skee Strap to on my and my boy's poles to do that.

This is the kind of idea that belongs in the "uses of old MTB tires" thread.

 

cantunamunch

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It was a general question directed at everyone

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