I went skiing @ hood today and it was pretty sick, cept for the fact that i was using my old poles which are about hip-high. im hoping they only suck in pow-pow. are they really good in park? which ones should i get if they are?
seriously if your in the park, just dont use them, thats why like everyone you see in the park is using tiny poles, cause they dont serve any purpose and they need to keep them out of their way as much as possible, so just ditch them. they can be useful in pow pow though.
but back to the thread: short poles are in way a compromise. rather than get rid of them completely, they are shorter so that they are more out of the way and less awkward, especially in park, and you can still use then to push if needed. Seriously, just try it out if you already have some, or steal/borrow some rentals and see if its for you. if it is, stick with it, if not atleast dont be a complete ass like the guy i quoted.
oh man nothing deeper than a foot must totally suck out there today....on the eastcoast if we get like 5 inches some people call it a pow day
"You put on your boots, click into your bindings, dust the snow off your skis, and head out for the chair, and it doesn't matter that you failed a test, didn't get the girl, or that your life is on a one way trip down the shitter, your world is right for the next couple of hours."
Thats how my midget poles are. I made a set like that....but then lost my real poles so I had to use the midgs for like 3 weeks until I got new normys. They are ok, but it sucks ass anytime you actually need to pole plant or push.
I like my normal poles still shorter than the "90* bend in your elbow with the pole upside down" traditional fit. That is just too long for freeskiing to me. I'm not sure how long I cut them, but probably somewhere in the middle of "midget" and "traditional." Still completely functional though.