Opinion Ski pole length...people prefer standard or a little shorter?

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  1. Young Angus

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    So I bought some poles online, I think they are text book too short for me but I'm wondering if people are kind of using shorter poles these days anyway, a few things I'm reading suggest this may be a trend.

    I'm 170cm tall and in shoes if I go by the "right angle" rule of my arm, a 120cm pole is just right (maybe a sniff too long), 115cm just a tiny bit short, and 110cm probably a bit on the short side but not horribly short.

    I ended up getting the 110cm poles when I ordered them because I thought I measured things properly in my living room but I think I went a little too short.

    My question to more experienced folk is do you think it will matter much or is a little shorter actually a good thing? Poles aren't expensive, I can just get some more longer ones if I need, just wondering what people think more than anything.
     
  2. CarveMan

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    I'm also 170cm and go for a 120cm,
     
  3. DidSurfNowSki

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  4. willsnow

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    I'm of the same height but found 120 cm a tad too long, and 115 cm a tad too short. In the end I bit the bullet and bought an adjustable pole. 117 cm is where the sweet spot is for me.

    Pole is quite annoying to buy online too. Aussie retailers stock poles measured in centimetres, but Americans like to have those measured in inches. I once bought a 48 inches pole online thinking that it'll be 48 * 2.5 cm = 120 cm, but it turned out to be 48 * 2.54 = 121.92 cm. Should've gotten the 46 inches one in hindsight, but don't want to risk it any more and got the adjustable pole.

     
  5. Dumphfish

    Dumphfish Hard Yards

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    I'm a 178cm and find 120cm too long. Prefer 110 or 115. Shorter is better for the bumps.
     
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    I'm 183 tall. I cut down 125 cm poles to 122 probably about 15 years back, was perfect and never changed since. I guess I like a slightly forward position.
     
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  7. TropicalPow

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    I stick with the right angle method ( hands under the basket )
    Works for me but many years between buying mew poles .
    Funny how wierd a new pair of poles can feel initially.
     
  8. skinavy

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    Depends what you're doing. Park would be ridiculously short i.e my 10 year old daughter uses poles longer than most adult park rats. My Super G and GS poles are really long (130+cm) so I can get leverage at the start and during the first couple of skates.
     
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  9. Telemark Phat

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    178cm tall and 112cm long poles.
     
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  10. snowgum

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    I second the adjustables. More up front cost but great to tailor pole to your needs/snow etc...

    ...And then when you decide to tour - you're ready!
     
  11. DPS Driver

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    Try them and if they feel ok go with it, if not sell them to a shorter friend. Bump skiers always preferred shorter poles and then the jibber movement took the shorter pole movement to a whole new level and they don't really use their poles anyway.

    You'll notice the difference in steeper terrain more so. If you don't ski steeper terrain or aren't a sponsored bump skier then IMO it's best to keep neutral with the correct pole length. When you get into critical steep terrain you'll wish you had the correct length pole.
     
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  12. Chillybin

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    Shorter for going down, longer for going up. I’m 178cm and find the 120 mark good for the down although I personally think they feel short. Sometimes I’m at 122.5 but any longer and it feels too big. Going up really like 125
     
  13. Annabuzzy

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    177cm and 120cm.

    Once upon a time an American instructor wanted me more upright and I used 125cm poles for a few seasons. I’ve been back on 120’s for some time now
     
  14. LDJ

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    The problem with the expensive adjustable poles is that I have a propensity for some pretty epic speed, jump or offpiste crashes at least once a week on average. One bent one pole into a slalom pole and the other one snapped one so I seem to have to replace them regularly. Cheap ones are my go to but that’s just me. I go slightly shorter to pull my weight forward as I can be a lazy backseat skier when I’m cruising. I’m 179cm and 115
     
  15. dawooduck

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    A little shorter
     
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  16. Laska Goralska

    Laska Goralska Hard Yards

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    I'm somewhat of a short Pole myself, being 173cm.

    But in terms of stocks, I employ a 115cm and like it.
     
  17. FatBoyDave

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    This is the text book way to select new poles but nearly everyone does it while standing up straight rather than standing in a ski stance. Hence, a lot of people end up with poles too long.
    FWIW I made this mistake with an expensive pair of leki poles and bought a pair of 125cm. I'm now hoping someone in the family can grow into them.
    I'm 173cm, and have messed around with some adjustable poles and find halfway between 115cm and 120cm feels best for me. If I was shopping for a fixed length pole I'd be getting a 120.
     
  18. Moondog55

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    Back country most of the fellers I meet use adjustables or somewhat longer than usual and a second grip lower down. That seems to work and I have copied the technique so it really does depend. I'm 184 and I like somewhere between 130 and 140 which is longer than recommended using the bent arm method
     
  19. Kletterer

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    I am 175cm . I adjust mine ( touring poles ftw) frequently- usually around 115, 105- 110 with a few bumps around or in deep pow..
     
  20. piolet

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    My poles aren't even the same length
    Although I generally end up.with about 125cm (I'm 183cm).

    Also my pole use sucks.
     
  21. Swede

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    Take the strap off and problem solved :)
     
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  22. Telemark Phat

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    I mostly use poles to tow snowboarders around or knock snow out of trees on people. I had a sweet pair with a race cup on the bottom that made a great little snow puck I could very accurately fire at people tapping the poles together. They are just a safety blanket for most people
     
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    yeah nar.
    When you've gotta skate and hike they are Essential//.
     
  26. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter
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    But you don't ski.
     
  27. parkmonkey

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    I came out of retirement for a day last spring, was a test day to see how the back held up before doing a proper trip
     
  28. gareth_oau

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    as a snowboarder learning to ski, I don't really use them to ski.

    I found it quite amusing watching others in my ski class freak out when the instructor told everyone they had to put down their poles LOL
     
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  29. DPS Driver

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    I use my poles to warn skiers in front that I'm overtaking. Particularly in limited space like cat tracks etc.

    Instead of yelling out, I tap my poles together repeatedly behind my back. It's a sound that people aren't insulated against and they take notice.
     
  30. MisterMxyzptlk

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    When my kids moan about using them and say "Why Dad?" I struggle
    I now find myself holding sets of poles at the bottom of parks
     
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  31. Karicta

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    Go longer - better reach and leverage to release queue jumper bindings in lift line
     
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