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Downhill Ski Poles Salomon Arctic Lady

Salomon Arctic Lady

Downhill Ski Poles, Woman

£19.99
Tiso
Ellis Brigham
in 6 stores
Downhill Ski Poles Scott 540 Pro Ski Poles: Black: 125cm 125cm, Colour: Black

Scott 540 Pro Ski Poles: Black: 125cm 125cm, Colour: Black

Downhill Ski Poles, Senior, Man

£22.00
Outdoor Action
SnowInn
in 4 stores

3 tips before buying downhill ski poles

When it comes to ski poles, find a pair that fits your height just right. Too long and they'll be a hindrance on the slopes, while too short and you'll have to bend more than necessary, risking injury.

So, what's the ideal length for your poles? While many tables suggest lengths based on your height, a better way is to find poles that keep your arms at a comfortable 90° angle from your body when using them.

Of course, the length of the poles also depends on the type of skiing you plan to do. If you're planning to climb a mountain before skiing down, consider getting telescopic poles adjustable to different lengths. But if you're mostly skiing in the park or off-piste, shorter poles that won't get in the way might be a better choice.

Remember, finding the right ski poles can make all the difference in your skiing experience, so take the time to get it right!

There are some nifty features that can make a big difference to your experience on the mountain. Here are some things to look out for:

  • If you're concerned about safety, look for poles with deployable straps that activate in the event of a fall. Alternatively, if you prefer to ski off-piste, go for poles with removable straps to keep you safe.

  • If you're into slalom skiing, hand guards can help protect your hands from any obstacles in your path.

  • There are poles with ergonomic handles designed to give you the best and most comfortable grip around the pole.

  • Consider the size of the snow baskets on your poles. Smaller baskets are great for skiing on groomed runs, but if you're planning to tackle deeper snow, larger baskets will be much more effective.

As a general rule, you want your poles to be as light as possible, and most modern poles are designed with this in mind. Materials like carbon fibre and aluminium are popular choices, as they offer a good balance of strength and weight.

Carbon fibre poles are the lightest option, making them a favourite among skiers who value speed and agility.

Aluminium poles are slightly heavier than carbon fibre, but they're also more robust, making them a popular choice for beginners or those who want a pole that can take a beating.

If you're new to skiing, check out the beginner's guide to learn the ins and outs of the sport.

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