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Ski Poles - Parts of the Ski Pole

Though they are the last-considered piece of equipment in Skiing, Ski Poles play a significant role in the sport. They are your tools in maintaining balance in the Ski area. Moreover, Ski Poles help you in effectively moving on a flat or uphill slope and they serve as support in getting up when you fall. With purposes as essential as these, it is only imperative to know the basic Parts of your Skiing Poles. Basically, there are three main parts - Grip, Shaft, and Basket. Each has its own characteristics and function. In this section, we will take a look at the different Parts of Ski Poles:

Move the mouse cursor over the dot to view the definition or function of each part of the Ski Pole.


Grip/Handle

Is the most essential part of Ski Poles. It is a molded rubber or plastic hand grip located at the top of the Shaft. Usually, the Grip has indentations for your fingers. At the top of the Grip, there is an adjustable strap which you can loosen for your gloved hand to slip in but should be tight enough to support the heel of your hand.

Wrist and thumb injuries are common in Skiing, and one frequent cause of these injuries is not being able to let go of the Skiing Poles during a fall. Because of this, a one-piece Grip without the strap was introduced. This one-piece Grip slips on the Shaft and has an elliptical plastic loop sticking out on one side. This is where you will slip your hand into. Its bottom will give support to the heel of your hand while skiing. In the event that you fall, your hand would just release out through the break in the arc.

Shaft

This is the main component in Ski Poles. It is a tapered metal tube which is often made of aluminum, graphite, or light metal. But manufacturers also use composite materials that produce more lightweight and more stylish shafts. A Ski Pole has a tip, or that metal point at the very end of the Shaft. This is the part of the Shaft that makes contact with the Snow. It must be sharp enough to pierce Snow and Crud but should be dull enough so as not to be a dangerous sharp point. Some Ski Poles are also termed as Pencil Poles, or those models which have smaller diameter than the conventional Shafts. Other features of most Shafts of Ski Poles include built-in shock absorbers for aggressive skiers like those in Mogul Skiing, and curved shapes for aerodynamics and swing weight efficiency. Swing weight refers to the combined weight and balance which reflects in the energy required to swing the Ski Poles during Skiing.

Basket

Is the round, usually flat, disk located a couple of inches on top of the Ski Pole Tip. Baskets can be made of different materials, but most of the time, they are manufactured from durable plastic. The Basket makes sure that the Ski Pole does not dig itself too deep into the Snow. You will want to have different-sized Baskets for different Snow conditions. In deep Powder, you will want larger Baskets to prevent the Ski Poles from digging in.


You will be able to effectively use your Skiing Poles if you know the functions of their basic Parts. Get familiar with the features of these Parts so that you can determine the type of Ski Poles that will meet your Skiing needs.

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