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What length poles?

Postby Jeffy » Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:57 pm

The length of ski poles is a personal preference but for sure mogul skiers benefit from shorter poles. The question is how short? List your height and pole size for so we can see what people are using. I'll start:

6'2" with 44" poles.
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Postby BushMogulMaster » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:29 pm

5'10ish, 42" poles.
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Postby cj68 » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:11 am

5'8", 40-41" poles.
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Postby AlpineZone » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:39 pm

6' 1", 46.5"
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Postby user » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:21 pm

5'9"-5'10", poles 41-42" (not exact, since I cut them myself)
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Postby bumpfreaq » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:08 pm

6'3"
46"...but I'm ready to experiment with this. The last couple of years, especially last year they started to feel too long much of the time. I got a new pair and plan on cutting them down a bit at a time to find that sweet spot.

So what kind of poles do you guys like? Any of you use the Leki Trigger Grips? I've been using them for a while and really dig 'em.
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Postby mogulsensei » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:14 pm

You goota be cafeful with pole length. Go too short you end up breaking at the waist or hunching to make your pole plant. I'm 5-9ish and use about a 42ish
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Postby Jeffy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:37 pm

mogulsensei wrote:You goota be cafeful with pole length. Go too short you end up breaking at the waist or hunching to make your pole plant. I'm 5-9ish and use about a 42ish


Interesting, hadn't thought of that before. So far seems like the skier height to ski pole length ratio is pretty close for those listed.

For the last 15 years I have been using Goode carbon composite "pencil" poles and absolutely love them. They are super light, very snappy and have a nice flex to them that cushions the pole plant. Plus they are made in my home town Detroit, MI area so that is cool too. They are hard to find (and expensive at $100+) out west so once my last pair that lasted 10+ years broke a basket, I had to get new. I found that K2 had something similar in a pencil thin shaft and also carbon composite. I just picked up a pair of last year's K2 6speed for $50 at my local ski show. They look SWEET!
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Postby carrielovesskiing » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:41 pm

Hmmmm mine must be way too long because I'm 5'6" and have 48" poles. But they work?
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Postby BushMogulMaster » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:46 pm

carrielovesskiing wrote:Hmmmm mine must be way too long because I'm 5'6" and have 48" poles. But they work?



Ahhhh! No! Bad! :wink:

Uh, you really oughta consider some shorter poles. Like, 40" maybe. Or just cut yours off. Problem with long poles is that you'll have trouble keeping your hands in the right position. After your pole plant, your pole will kind of pull your arm back and you'll have to work to recover hand position.
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Postby carrielovesskiing » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:49 pm

I was just thinking about how I actually hold them UNDER the handle, so I should probably get MUCH shorter poles. Damn, I'm spending so much on gear!

So like... how short are we talking? I'm 5'6"...

We need snow so bad, but once we get it I'll be pumped to take some lines with you guys!
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Postby BushMogulMaster » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:52 pm

I'd say in the 38-40" range somewhere. I'm almost 5'10" and skiing with 42" poles.
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Postby user » Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:55 pm

I was just thinking about how I actually hold them UNDER the handle, so I should probably get MUCH shorter poles. Damn, I'm spending so much on gear!


It is really, really easy to cut your own poles.

step 1: boil a large pot of water
step 2: immerse pole handles into boiling water
step 3: after boiling for a few minutes, when handles are a little soft, pull them off the poles
step 4: using a saw, cut off as much pole as needed
step 5: file down to match up both pole lengths and to smooth out the ends
step 6: reboil the handles
step 7: stick the handles back on, and you're done

*Note: This doesn't work well with graphite/carbon handles. They will tend to split and crack rather than cut smoothly, although it can be done.
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Postby Jeffy » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:04 pm

carrielovesskiing wrote:...So like... how short are we talking? I'm 5'6"...


I would say 40-42". And those sizes mostly come as junior or child models and usually sell for pretty cheap. My wife is 5'3" and skis 42". 48" are WAYYYY too big for you.
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Method to determine pole length

Postby bumpfreaq » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:07 pm

Ok, so we all know the traditional method for determining pole length, right? Grasp an upside down pole under the basket with the handle on the floor. Your forearm should be about parallel with the floor. So as a rule of thumb, what angle to the floor should they he to best facilitate WC style?
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