Is Leki a good ski brand?
The PRC 700 ($200) from Leki is a high-quality, durable option for nordic skiers looking to train hard. With its 100% carbon shaft, hardened steel tips, super race baskets, and quick-release hand straps, this pole is all about speed and the long haul. The cork grip is comfortable for long days or doubles, too.
What are GS poles?
Giant slalom, super g and downhill race poles are designed with a specialized aerodynamic bend in the shaft, while slalom ski poles remain straight. We carry poles for both adult and junior ski racers.
Do ski poles really make a difference?
Poles help your balance, rhythm, and timing of your turns immensely. It is important to make sure you put the time in to find the right pole for yourself. There are several factors to consider, such as sizing, the different terrain you may face, the materials of the pole, as well as the grips, straps, and baskets.
Are straight GS poles better?
While descending, straight poles help you stay more firm on the ground. Planting the pole, you can pivot around the ground and curve in a natural way. However, when there is a high level of competition like downhill races, straight poles aren’t recommended.
Why do ski racers bend their poles?
When it comes to bent ski poles, it’s really all about aerodynamics. Skiers want to go as fast as they possibly can in downhill events, and having folded poles allows skiers to match the shape of their poles to the shape of their bodies.
Can you cut down cross country ski poles?
Cross-country ski poles may be cut to custom lengths. The cut is made at the handle end, not the tip end of the pole. The handle grip is glued to the pole shaft with hot melt glue, which is softened by heating.
How much should I pay for ski poles?
You can get decent ski poles for under $100 for recreational use. Typically poles under $50 will be fine for new skiers, but they may be more likely to buckle with a heavy pole plant. Poles in the $150+ range will be lighter, tougher and typically have more comfortable grips and hardwearing straps.
Why are GS ski poles curved?
These poles help in reducing air resistance at high speeds as much as they can. In a downhill ski event or giant slalom skiing, curved ski poles are generally used. The curved design of the poles helps the players to blend their body and allows protection against banging on the gates.
Do you need pole guards for GS?
Younger and first time racers only need one pair of poles for both SL and GS. Once athletes start to cross block SL gates, we recommend two pairs of ski poles, because racers shouldn’t use pole guards when running GS.
Whats the difference between super G and downhill?
Super-G means super giant slalom. It combines the speed of downhill but the technical turning necessary of the giant slalom. The course winds more than the downhill course, but the gates are spaced out more so that the skiers can pick up speed.