Leki, Swix, Line & Other Top Ski Pole Brands for Sale at L9 Sports
Ski Poles are an oft overlooked piece to the ski setup, but they are important for a number of reasons. First, they help with balance and learning, they reinforce the fundamentals of turning, and they simply help you get around in the base area. There are some things to consider when buying ski poles. Getting the right construction, features, and length is easy when you know what to look for.
How to measure the right ski pole length for your height.
To measure a ski pole, flip it over and grab the pole below the basket (the basket is the round plastic piece that keeps your pole from sinking in the snow), and place the top of the pole (the grip) on the ground like you are holding it upside down. If your elbow is making a right angle, then you have the right length pole. If your elbow is at an obtuse angle, then you need a longer pole, and if it is at an acute angle, then you need a shorter pole. For someone who is 6 feet tall, a good pole length is about 120cm. If you aren’t sure of the right length for you, you can always ask the staff at L9 for help through our email or chat options. Ski pole lengths are not exact, as you progress as a skier, you will find the length that works best for you.
Ski Pole Construction
Ski poles are usually made of either carbon fiber or aluminum. Each has its own advantages. Carbon fiber is flexible which can help with durability, along with being light. However, they can be a little less affordable than their aluminum counterparts. Aluminum poles are usually great for most casual, and even a lot of serious skiers. One advantage of aluminum poles (besides price) is that they can sometimes be straightened out if they take a slight bend.
Ski Pole Features
The main features to look for in ski poles are the basket shape/size, the grip and adjustability. A wider basket is better for deeper snow, while a small, circular basket is better for hardpack and groomers. Many poles available on L9’s site come with both. Read the description to see which poles include both. Pole grips come in many different shapes. While they are all ergonomically designed to fit your hand well, some are softer, some extend far down the shaft of the pole (for backcountry uses), and some are minimalist for terrain park skiers’ grabbing needs.
Some ski poles are also adjustable, with different mechanisms to change the length of the pole for need or storage. This is great for backcountry skiers because having a longer pole while hiking can be helpful, and stashing your poles in your pack can sometimes be useful. No matter what you need your poles for, L9 Sports has the poles for you.