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Ski poles

Ski poles

Formerly when turning technique had not been properly developed, one long pole was usually used on sloping ground. The skier uses this pole in order to increase friction with the ground, so slowing or stopping.

At present one pole is held in each hand, and each pole has a circular "basket" attached close to the lower end to prevent the pole sinking significantly into deep snow. At the upper end of the pole a strap is attached, which is generally used over the wrist to prevent the loss of the pole in the event of a fall. However in Skiing of piste, the wrist strap is not normally used, since there is a risk o wrist injury in case the pole should catch on an unseen branch or root. Even you can ski without poles as some freestyle skiers do.

Parts of the Ski Pole

Skiing Poles are composed by three main parts: Grip, Shaft, and Basket. Obviously each has its own characteristics and function.
  • Grip/Handle

    This is considered the most important part of Ski Poles is located at the top of the Shaft. Usually it has to include indentations for your fingers. The Grip has an adjustable strap at its top part which you can loosen for your gloved hand to slip in but should be tight enough to support the heel of your hand.

    In Skiing the most common injures are Wrist and Thumb, and the principal cause of the injuries often is not being able to let go of the Skiing Poles during a fall. For that reason, a one-piece Grip without the strap has been manufactured. This one-piece Grip can slips on the Shaft and has an elliptical plastic loop sticking out on one side which is where you will slip your hand into. So its bottom will give support to the heel of your hand while skiing. In case you fall, your hand would just release out through the break in the arc.

  • Shaft

    This component of Ski Poles consists in a tapered metal tube which is often made of aluminum, graphite, or light metal. Though manufacturers use to use composite materials finding always produce more lightweight and more stylish shafts.

    A Ski Pole has a tip, or that metal point at the very end of the Shaft with which makes contact with the Snow. It must be dull enough so as not to be a dangerous sharp point, but should be sharp enough to pierce Snow and Crud. Some models have smaller diameter than conventional Shafts are also termed as Pencil Poles.

    Most of Shafts of Ski Poles are featured because include built-in shock absorbers for aggressive skiers like that in Mogul Skiing, and curved shapes for aerodynamics and swingweight efficiency. Swingweight consists to the combined weight and balance which reflects in the energy required to swing the Ski Poles during Skiing.

  • Basket

    This is the round disk which is located near of top of the ski Pole Tip, which is usually flat. Although Baskets can be made of different materials, usually they are manufactured from durable plastic. The Basket avoids that the Ski Poles dig itself too deep into the Snow. There are different-sized Baskets for different Snow conditions. For instance, in deep Powder, it will be necessary larger Baskets in order to prevent the Ski Poles from digging in.