Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

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Re: Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

Post by Baaahb » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:15 pm

Adjustable poles are great. I will usually adjust them a few times on any tour, or even at a resort. Shorter for aggressive turning, longer for striding or touring. One of my sets of adjustable poles also has a secondary grip about three inches below the primary grip that I use for short sections, such as the uphill pole on a brief traverse of a steep slope. I cannot see where it becomes a hassle adjusting them. Be sure to get a set that adjusts to a long length as well as a short length; some only go to 135 or so. And only flip lock style connectors, not twist style.

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Re: Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

Post by bgregoire » Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:47 pm

Baaahb wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:15 pm
Be sure to get a set that adjusts to a long length as well as a short length; some only go to 135 or so. And only flip lock style connectors, not twist style.
The long BD traverse, a classic, goes to 155cm. Good option.

I used to think that about flicklocks only, but now that Asnes came out with a line twist-style poles, I'd be willing to try those out too.
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Re: Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

Post by Cannatonic » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:16 pm

I keep trying to like adjustable poles but end up not using them. Not sure why. I'm usually happy w/ 145 or 155 fixed. I guess I'm not doing much pole-planting on the downhills and 145 seems OK to me. To me the best feature of adjustables is they collapse down to fit into the pack better, good for snowboarding tours.
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Re: Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

Post by FourthCoast » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:58 pm

It is something like 50 deg F and raining in February right now. I wonder if this is driving me mad. I feel compelled to build my own wooden skis.

Does anyone know where I can find detailed step by step plans to build wooden skis with metal edges? At the moment I think I want something like the Gamme 54 but made myself and finished with linseed oil on top and pine tar on the bottom.

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Re: Complete skiing. Near perfect continuity between flats, uphills and downhills.

Post by Lo-Fi » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:48 pm

Baaahb wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:15 pm
Adjustable poles are great. I will usually adjust them a few times on any tour, or even at a resort. Shorter for aggressive turning, longer for striding or touring. One of my sets of adjustable poles also has a secondary grip about three inches below the primary grip that I use for short sections, such as the uphill pole on a brief traverse of a steep slope. I cannot see where it becomes a hassle adjusting them. Be sure to get a set that adjusts to a long length as well as a short length; some only go to 135 or so...
Yep. From the XCd thread:
vt_trees wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:03 pm
lowangle al wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:56 pm
IMO you can ski your whole life and if your poles are too long you'll never get it right.
This! I couldn't agree more. With the invention of adjustable pole there's no excuse. Somehow people still can't figure it out.
Poling is one of the tricky things to get right in tele skiing. High hands while riding the tele tightrope are extra challenging (this dude is very cool, though):
oldschool47 wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:26 pm
This guy is cool. Skis, powder gaiters, hat, jacket. I want to be this guy. I assume it's Brad English.

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I find having adjustable poles, that can be shortened on the fly in anticipation of a long downhill , are really helpful and are an important part of my "complete skiing" aspirations.

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