SkiingHow to choose
26 Jul 2018

How To Choose Your Ski Poles

OUR SKIING AND SNOWBOARD BRAND

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WED'ZE

Helpful, friendly advice from our skiing and snowboarding brand.

Choosing your ski poles isn’t tricky, you just need to consider three things: size, the handles, and the basket (that’s the ‘basket’-shaped bit that fans out around the bottom of the pole).

 

1. SIZE

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To see if a ski pole is the right size for you, turn it upside down so that the grip is touching the floor and hold it vertically with your hand under the basket – basically, form an angle of 90° with your forearm. We recommend that you do this with your knees slightly bent, while wearing your ski boots. If the angle is less than 90°, try a shorter pole. If the angle is greater, get a longer pole.

 

2. THE HANDLES

Wed’ze offers four different types of handles, each with their own advantages:

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Single-material

Good for durability

 

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Foam

Light and comfortable

 

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Dual-material

Easy to grip

 

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Long

Better up/down versatility, ideal for ski touring

 

3. THE BASKET

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SMALL DIAMETER

A small basket is best for skiers who love speed and groomed slopes because it’s light and offers good precision.

 

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MEDIUM DIAMETER

With this size of basket it’s easy to switch between all-mountain and groomed slops, slope edges, and powder.

 

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LARGE DIAMETER

The best way to remember what this one is good for? Go big or go home! If you’re a powder fan, a large basket will stop you sinking in the snow.

 

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