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How to choose your ski poles

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No skiing without… ski poles! But what are ski poles for?
Find out all you need to know about ski poles!

All the information you need to make the right choice

Size

To select the right size of pole, turn them upside down in a vertical position, with your hand placed under the basket so that angle formed with your forearm is 90°. We recommend that you do this with your knees slightly bent, while wearing your ski boots.

Basket

There are several types of baskets:

  • Small diameter

    If you have a need for speed
    and love to stay on piste,
    opt for a basket with a small diameter.

  • Average diameter

    If you like to mix it up,go for a medium-diameter basket,
    which will be more versatile.

  • Large diameter

    Finally, if you prefer powder,
    we recommend wide baskets so that you don't sink into the snow
    when you push down.

Handles

For the handles you can choose between:

  • A single-material handle
    for strength

  • A foam handle for comfort
    and a lighter weight

  • A dual-material handle
    for better grip

Shaft

You will find different types of aluminium at Wed’ze: dural and zicral, which, for the same thickness, is stronger.
The shaft is available in 2 diameters: 16 mm, which is often the size of choice for women's ski poles, and 18 mm.

Lightweight, strong, accurate or adjustable, you will find the one you are looking for.

Did you know?

The use of 2 poles became more widespread in the 1880s, particularly with the emergence of cross-country skiing. Before this period, skiers would use only one pole, which was 2 m long, for skiing 'Norwegian' style. These poles were made of wood that was grown locally.


But what is a ski pole used for?

Ski poles are used to push you along on the flat and help you when turning, relieve muscles and joints by helping you to stabilise yourself effortlessly and also give you better balance on your skis.

When initiating a turn, your 'pole plant' will stabilise your movement and will help you to switch your weight slightly onto the outer ski. If the size is correct, you will instinctively shift your weight to the correct side and automatically place enough weight on your downhill ski. In powder, thanks to wider baskets, freeriders can push and turn without sinking into the snow.

As for beginner skiers, they are often reassured by the idea of having something to support them during the learning process and help them to get back up after a fall.

In short, poles are useful for balance, rhythm and can help you to turn more quickly or slow down, particularly on steep or very challenging terrain.

Ski poles, which are often seen as a simple accessory, can make a huge difference in your skiing style. Choosing the right poles helps improve your balance and stability for trouble-free skiing. Your muscles and joints will thank you. So over to you!

James DE SAINT JULIEN
Product manager
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