Ski poles offer
two main options in terms of strength and materials. Skiers
who are looking for poles that are sturdy but still cost effective may
opt for aluminum poles. Skiers who are looking for maximum
ski equipment with weight reduction may prefer graphite, carbon/graphite
or poles that are made of composite materials such as Kevlar. Composite
poles are sleek, sophisticated and offer ideal performance because they
are made of two or more distinct, structurally complementary substances
that are combine to produce structural or functional properties that
are not present in any individual component. The downside to the extreme
lightweight material of composite poles is their susceptibility to breaking
under extreme pressure.
Carbon composite poles are also making their way into the market. Carbon composite poles feature a pure carbon shaft. It is thought to be the lightest ski pole and could be the optimal choice for recreational skiers, free skiers, bump skiers, telemark skiers, extreme skiers and racers. These are light weight, strong, sleek shock absorbent and durable.
Carbon fiber ski poles which have carbon fiber tubing are also incredible strong, have a light-weight and are extremely durable. The downside of this type of material is that it is fairly expensive to make. Ski Poles generally come in the sizes of 46", 48", 50", 52" and 54"
For skiers who wish to have their ski poles custom made, here are a few easy ways to measure your required length. You'll simply need an ordinary ruler and a metal measuring tape marked in centimeters. All measurements should be made with your boots on and while standing on a level surface. If you're standing on your skis too, the pole tip measurement should be to the top of the ski surface, not the floor.
When measuring skating-style poles, use a ruler to measure from ground level to a point at mustache level. The distance in centimeters is your correct pole length. When measuring classic poles, stand up straight while holding a ruler on your shoulder parallel to the ground. Have a friend measure from the ground up to the ruler. The distance in centimeters is your correct pole length. To measure for diagonal stride, subtract 10cm from the skating-style poles measurement. Simply input this measurement when you order and both poles will be made the same length unless you request different lengths.
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