Old 12-03-09, 08:05 PM   #1
 
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Is it okay to have bent ski poles?

Is it okay to have bent ski poles?
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Old 13-03-09, 01:50 AM   #2
 
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How bent? If they're bent at a 45 degree angle then its time for new ones. Go to the lost and found at your local hill. Metal poles that are not bent at all have not been skied on and thus have no soul. If you have composite poles and they are bent, then its probably time for new ones. There's always electrical tape to get you through the season. Or there's always the lost and found.
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Old 13-03-09, 06:34 PM   #3
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i think its time for a new set of poles dude
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Old 15-03-09, 06:14 PM   #4
 
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straight poles can be pretty important. You can always get someone to straighten them but they will never be the same and will bend again.
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Old 17-04-09, 08:41 PM   #5
 
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Some racers in the high speed skiing disciplines like giant slalom, downhill, and speed skiing find good use for curved poles because these are bent to shape around their bodies while they are in a tuck position, in order to minimize air drag. But having one that's too bent could prove hazardous, so have them checked by an expert for an advise of a probable replacement.
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Old 22-04-09, 01:34 PM   #6
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I think if your poles are bent, get them replaced, because they're probably broken. If you bought them already bent, they are mainly used by professional ski racers and it's best to use normal ski poles first.
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Old 16-05-09, 05:19 AM   #7
 
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The cheapest pair of poles are better than bent poles.
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Old 07-08-09, 05:53 PM   #8
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For about $30 you can get a good set online shipped to your front door.
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Old 25-08-09, 02:30 PM   #9
 
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Some duct tape at the base always helps to.
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Old 27-08-09, 01:24 PM   #10
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should get new one
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Old 02-09-09, 08:00 PM   #11
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any bend in a pole is not good. it changes the height between your hands and the ground between both hands. it's hard to notice, but there's a small balance differentiation
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Old 11-09-09, 07:04 PM   #12
 
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They are inexpensive to replace so I suggest buying some new ones.
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Old 23-10-09, 07:41 PM   #13
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My buddies an I have an expression for those who don't have at least a little bend or decent gouge in a pole but the expression may be offensive to some. Bent poles add character.
See the picture of this guy at Jay Peak and my comments about him and you will get what I mean.
Seriously though. If they are bent beyond functionality buying new poles is probably the least expensive part of being a skier.
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Old 24-10-09, 07:40 PM   #14
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i've got so many more poles than skis. haha some of them are bent perfectly for downhill though.
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Old 27-10-09, 03:24 PM   #15
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good poles don't bend
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