For the real ski enthusiast, quality ski poles can make your runs more fun. When shopping for your next ski poles, remember that your pole brand need not match your ski brand. Keep these points in mind as you navigate the world of ski poles.
-Know your pole goals. Are you a racer? Leki poles, such as the Leki speed S, are designed for Alpine skiing and racing. Scott poles may be a bit less expensive, and they have models for a range of skill levels, from beginner through advanced. You can buy specialized freestyle ski poles, too.
-Know your pole size. There are adjustable ski poles, but it’s still important to get the right size.
To measure yourself for downhill ski poles, get a tape measure and a friend, and follow these steps:
Stand with your elbows at a 90-degree angle, with your upper arms along your sides and your forearms parallel to the floor.
Form a fist and hold your hands as if you were holding ski poles.
Have a friend measure the distance from the top of your thumb to the floor. This is the length your downhill ski poles should be.
No friend handy? Stand near a wall that you can mark, and mark the height of the top of your thumb, then measure the distance to the floor.