I rode without polls today because I was working with my 3 year old son. After his mother picked him up and brought him to the lodge to warm up I decided to take a few steeps by myself and without polls. At first it's kinda like that bad dream where you show up to school without pants. But after one run I decided that pants were way over-rated. I even went out of my way to make fun of it while standing in line without polls just to save face. Once I got off the lift I headed straight to the steepest area I could ski without a hike. I loved it. I was able to drag an open hand during pow turns, naturally grab off low jibs and in the trees without smacking my polls, never worried about them getting in the way if I bailed hard. Felt like I spun better to(this being all mental).
The only thing that is scary are tree wells. I dumped it once in pretty deep stuff and had trouble getting up. Wanted to take one ski off to try and get up but couldn't reach it. If my head would have been buried I would have paniced. This and looking like I'm trying to fit in and be accepted by the younger park crowd are my only concerns.
Almost 30, and pretty sure this is going to be taking off with everyone but racers and bump skiers.
Sorry for yet another "no poll" thread. Had to share though.