Camera & Photo >
Best Ski Poles;
Professional Ski Expert
This pole is sure to last you a long time. It is made of high-quality, extremely light materials. I especially like the finish, which incorporates aluminum and titanium to keep the pole resistant to scratches and cuts and contributes to its overall stability. What really stands out to me are the straps, which are designated for right and left hand use. The straps fit my hands (gloves) nicely and are easily adjustable. This pole also features an exceptionally strong carbon diamond tip that is not likely to wear down no matter how much you use it. The Scott A12 is offered in the colors white/silver and red.
This lightweight pole feels great in the hand due to its soft, comfortable grip. I especially like the quick release strap system that ensures you won't suffer any hand or wrist injuries should you wipe-out or encounter a strong pull on your pole. If you are used to regular straps, the innovative Leki strap system may take a short time to get comfortable with, but once you have experienced its benefits, it will be hard to go back. The strap really hugs your hand and keeps it in perfect position, no matter what kind of glove or mitten you are using. Getting on the lift, you don't even have to slip out of the strap, just click it off the handle, keep it on your wrist, and click it back in when you're ready for your next run. These are great poles that come in a grey/ black with a blue and white design.
With its claim to fame of being the world's lightest ski pole, the Goode XGS-1000 is also one of the slimmest I have ever had the chance to lay my hands on. The extremely thin 10.44mm thick carbon fiber shaft reduces wind-drag and thus makes for great aerodynamics. The handgrip is amazing! Goode uses a mix of materials on the grip that provide a soft surface combined with ribbed areas to ensure a perfect hold. What I really like about this pole is the fact that you can reduce its length by three inches, which is about the range you'd switch to on a day of mogul skiing. Goode additionally incorporates a very functional system that allows you to easily change baskets when you want to leave the corduroy for a run in the powder. Listen, Charles, my business partner, owns this pole, so it just got to be a good one!
This is a very unique pole. I almost passed it up for this review because height-adjustable poles are generally exclusively used for backcountry skiing because they allow you to adjust pole length for either uphill walking or downhill skiing. The reason I chose these poles is that they are as functional on groomed slopes or bumps as they are on a weekend in the backcountry. Adjust the pole to normal length for regular on-piste skiing, drop it down an inch or two before you enter a mogul slope, or extend it to full length on long, flat passages for maximum propulsion. Slide the two parts together, and you can make a small pole that is easily stored away in your backpack.
Even though the pole is two-part, once secured by the so-called FlickLock® locking mechanism, it's like one solid piece of equipment. It didn't slide back together even when I put my entire 190 pounds onto it.
The Black Diamond Limited is lightweight and made of a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. It features a slightly angled grip that is made of a combination of hard and soft rubberized material and provides a fantastic grip. It comes in a cool-looking red and black design.
The Life-Link AEC is another pole at home on the slopes as well the back-country. It is very lightweight with a thin carbon shaft. Being exceptionally thin, it offers great aerodynamics and ensures an easy swing. What really stands out is the AEC's versatility. Not only can its length be adjusted by two inches (great if you want to shorten the pole for a mogul run), the pole can also be transformed into an avalanche probe. Both can be done with the help of a small trigger that either can move the grip down the shaft two inches, or completely remove it from the shaft. Once you remove the grips from both poles, you can then screw both shaft ends together to form a double pole length avalanche probe. This is an invaluable feature for your back-country skiing.
Another stand-out feature on this pole is the breakaway straps that can prevent injuries to hands, arms and shoulders as well as enable you to free your hands should you ever be stuck in an avalanche. The grip is also very good with a rubberized surface and slight angulation to accommodate your wrists. The pole comes in a black, white, and yellow with red baskets.
The Scott Series 4 Velvet and the Scott Series 4 Leather are essentially the same pole. What separates these two are the material the handgrips are made of, as well as their color scheme and design. They come at the same price and share identical functionality.
Both the Scott Series 4 Velvet and the Scott Series 4 Leather poles have the fanciest handgrips ever! Holding the black and gold Series 4 Leather edition is like having your hands on the leather steering wheel of a Porsche 911. The leather material also provides an extremely good grip. And it just looks cool. I loved it! The Velvet Series 4 is just a stylish version of the same pole. To me, out of all poles I tested, this is the most exclusive looking one. This all black pole exudes class and looks about three times as expensive as it actually is. The velvet grip offers finger grooves for a perfect hold, and feels amazingly right under your hands.
Made of strong “aircraft-grade” aluminum, this pole is durable, light, classy, and one of the best deals around.
The Rossignol Bandit is a light aluminum pole with a stable, bend-resistant wide shaft. I especially liked the grip with its finger grooves reminding me of the poles I used in my racing days. The release mechanism works very well and is easily put back together.
This gray and tan colored pole is a great value, especially considering that it comes with two pairs of baskets in one package.
The K2 6-Speed is one sharp looking pole. It features a leather and chrome grip along with a stylish white and black shaft design. This pole oozes chic. K2 did not only get it right in the looks department, they manage to deliver a durable lightweight carbon fiber pole with an exceptional handgrip and easily adjustable wide straps. All in all, one of the best values out there, especially since it comes with both regular and powder sized baskets at no extra cost.
I have to admit, it took me a little bit to get used to the original looking (and feeling) handgrip of the Armada Arv Instrument. It lacks finger grooves, but the rubberized grip is surprisingly comfortable to hold. What makes the ARV unique is its interchangeable pole component system. With an easy flip of a lever you can quickly release both grip and basket. This not only makes changing baskets for different snow conditions super-easy, it also allows you to exchange the shaft should it ever break or should you simply desire a change of design. Geared toward the jibbin' crowd in the terrain parks, there are currently four hip replacement shaft designs available. If you stick with the Armada system, you will never have to buy a completely new set of poles.
The Joystick The Carbon offers one of the grooviest designs I have seen on a pole, hands down. Featuring the modern, abstract, graffiti-esque artwork of Danish artist Basco5, the Carbon is definitely an eye-catcher, but the artwork is not overdone in a way that you would only end up seeing the pole with the jibbers in the terrain park. It just looks good! The rest of the pole does not have to hide either. The Carbon has a very good, slightly angled, rubberized handgrip for superior hold, a durable carbon composite shaft, and nice wide, easily adjustable straps. The package includes a set of two interchangeable baskets (one for the slopes, one for the powder). A great value, with a nifty look.
always thought a pole was a pole was a pole- these are unreal! Light responsive and can take a beating in the bumps. Once you go leki you never go baki
Sign up to get Tibesti Deals and Website Updates
Enter your email and password to login.
Forgot Your Password? Click Here
Not Yet a User?
Enter your email and we will email your password to you.