Gear Report – 2011/12 Poles Preview

by Don Portman

February 15, 2011 (Denver, CO) – Carbon fibre is everywhere and all ski companies now offer top-flight poles. New on the scene is the Jr. Triac from Swix, a round-shafted carbon pole for juniors that looks just like the very successful Triac. Salomon has a line of carbon poles that leads off with the S-Lab carbon. This pole has an adjustable thumb support and an aero basket.

One Way Poles distributed by Rossignol introduces the Premio 10. This pole is even stiffer and lighter than the already amazing Diamond Storm. The shaft has a titanium/carbon-coated insert to account for the stiff yet super-light pole.  Madshus takes its award-winning Nano Carbon Race 100 UHM and makes it stiffer, lighter and redesigns the strap.
Our advice: ski hard this spring and wear out your gear because you’ll want some of the fabulous new stuff that will be available is ski shops next fall.

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