Old 27-10-09, 09:11 PM   #16
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good poles don't bend
obviously you don't freefall off cliffs or ride expert trees at all. LOL
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Old 27-10-09, 09:26 PM   #17
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obviously you don't freefall off cliffs or ride expert trees at all. LOL
You got the first part right. For the second part, I've learned in 32 years of skiing that tree's win when you hit them...

Mine are Leki half carbon fiber half aluminum poles with trigger straps, (releasable for tree skiing and not dislocating body parts), they will break, but they don't bend well at all. Because of where I ski, is why I have quality poles.

Don't assume, you look foolish when you do.
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Old 27-10-09, 11:32 PM   #18
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I was going to rip on you also K2 before I saw your response to andnyles. Good explanation.
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Old 27-10-09, 11:43 PM   #19
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Aluminum has many different grades and characteristics, hard aluminum is very brittle and doesn't bend well (it breaks), cheap soft aluminum bends easily; guess which aluminum is used for gaper poles?
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Old 27-10-09, 11:59 PM   #20
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Both kinds. I have seen more than enough gapers with the nicest, most expensive stuff. I'm sure you have too.
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Old 28-10-09, 12:05 AM   #21
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Both kinds. I have seen more than enough gapers with the nicest, most expensive stuff. I'm sure you have too.
touche'
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Old 28-10-09, 12:37 AM   #22
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i don't see the point in buying nice poles honestly. you never keep them for more than a season if you're good. i've got like 20 sets because of this.
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Old 28-10-09, 12:46 AM   #23
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"If" you're good, poles last.
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Old 28-10-09, 04:24 PM   #24
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touche man. probably why people in this forum ask the questions they do.
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Old 29-10-09, 01:51 PM   #25
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I skied with bent poles for years and they were fine - in fact the way I was thrashing around in the spring bumps I don't think my poles ever had the same bend at the end of the day that they had at the beginning.

In my opinion if they can support a pole plant and there's no jagged metal edges, they're fine. Although you might look like a bit of a train wreck if they're too bent.

That said - I eventually gave in and bought new ones. In fact I bought fancy new poles that are made of fishing rod material - very cool! They are super strong on a straight plant, but can practically bend in half and then bounce back. I've used them for a few years now. They're also super light which is nice.

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