SKI POLES: FOR A GOOD FEELING ON THE SLOPES
Ski poles are essential for alpine skiing. They help you to keep your body tension, to straighten up and to support your movements. This makes you more stable and secure on your skis and helps you keep your balance. In addition, you can use the poles to control the direction at will. Professionals use ski poles to optimise their speed and ensure optimal timing. A ski pole consists of various components. These include the pole itself, a handle with a loop at the upper end and a tip with a plate at the lower end. The plate prevents the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow.
THE DETAILED CONSTRUCTION OF A SKI POLE
Ski poles are mostly hollow and made of fibre composite plastic, light metal or a combination of both. This results in a relatively low weight. The diameter of the tube is usually between one and two centimetres. In alpine sports, the poles are usually about waist-high. In cross-country skiing, and especially in the skating technique, the height reaches up to the eyes. At the upper end there is a handle, usually with finger recesses and a loop. With some models you can quickly click the loop in and out of the pole. Thanks to the loops, you won't lose the poles if you let go for a moment. At the lower end there is a tip up to ten centimetres long with the plate above it.
SPECIAL SHAPES OF SKI POLES
The most common standard model is made for alpine winter sports. The conventional ski poles are straight as a die. For downhill skiing, athletes often use curved racing poles made of hardened aluminium or carbon. Special racing grips ensure an excellent grip even at high speeds. The curved shape has the advantage that the ski poles offer hardly any air resistance in the typical downhill crouch and thus have a favourable influence on the speed. Poles for ski tourers, on the other hand, are a speciality. They like to use telescopic poles that can be adjusted in length. To make transport easier, you can push them together and thus compress them. Snowshoe hikers also like to use this type of pole for their sport.
EXTRAS THAT MAKE SENSE
If safety is important to you, you should make sure that the poles have adjustable safety loops. They open automatically in the event of an accident and release your hand. If you like it particularly comfortable, choose poles with soft grips. Models with a dual-density system offer particularly high grip strength. There are also significant differences in the tip. Usually the tips are made of steel. For safety reasons, these are blunted. Racing poles, on the other hand, have much sharper tips made of carbide. These offer enormous advantages, especially on very icy and hard slopes. If you like to ski a lot in deep snow, you should look out for larger tips. The ski poles will then not sink so deeply into the ground.
THE ADVANTAGES OF SKI POLES
A pair of ski poles is simply part of the basic equipment for alpine sports and therefore only offers advantages. The only disadvantage is that you have to take two more pieces with you on the slopes:
- secure balance and stability
- the possibility of changing direction
- more momentum and speed
- better body tension
FIND THE RIGHT SKI POLE FOR YOU NOW!
Our assortment includes ski poles in different lengths from different brands and in various features and designs. The length of the ski pole depends on your height. To determine the right measurements, turn your pole over and grasp it below the plate. If the upper arm forms a right angle to the forearm, then the pole length fits you perfectly. Another possibility is to multiply your height by 0.7. If the result varies between two lengths, then at best take the longer version.