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The world’s largest manufacturer of composite poles offers a new shock-absorbing, all-carbon, two-piece pole, which can be adjusted a maximum of 18 inches up or down. Also new are easily interchangeable standard and powder baskets.
Leki combines an aluminum upper section (at an eight-degree angle) with a carbon lower shaft to make a narrow-profiled adjustable pole, secured by a new push-button locking system. The carbide ice tips are replaceable, and the baskets are interchangeable.
Composite poles don’t come much less expensive than the Condor, making it a great buy for your buck. The 100-percent fiberglass shaft is strong and lightweight, punctuated by a steel tip. Kerma’s Mono Racing grip is slightly angled for better grip control.
For the skier seeking a lightweight, packable and durable pole, Life-Link introduces the three-piece, adjustable Odyssey III. The new “Posi-loc” mechanism makes for a quick height adjustment, and the strap on the soft rubber grip is designed to release if the pole becomes lodged.
Scott uses the strongest aluminum alloy commercially available for the World Cup’s shaft and adds a wide-open strap with a lever lock, enabling skiers to easily adust the strap’s buckle over gloved hands. The end product: a durable, lightweight pole for both racers and recreational skiers.
The Comp Z, Smith’s lightweight performance model, combines a shaft made of high tensile-strength aluminum alloy with a bend that improves the angle that the pole tip enters the snow, enabling you to make the best possible pole plant with minimal wrist action.
The 100-percent graphite, tapered shaft makes the Cobra light and durable, but the grip makes it unique. Swix introduces a strapless grip that provides better blood circulation through fingers by exerting less pressure on the circulatory areas of the wrist-and also releases easily if necessary.