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so i just searched for this thread and was surprised that i didnt find anything (please correct me if im wrong):
im wondering what everyone's opinion is on the debate between skiing with poles or skiing without. I was adamantly on the side of skiing with poles until i went out this afternoon without them. Its really a whole different style and feel for skiing but I definitely enjoyed it.
anyway, id love to know everyone's opinion on this; please no hate from either side because i know some people feel very strongly on this subject.
let the debate begin....
Did i put any hate in my comment?
Skiing with out poles defeats the purpose of being a skier. It may be kinda fun to mess around but if you do any real skiing aka backcountry having to skin without poles would suck massive black cock. So i think i made my answer clear enough.
I am not one to say this but Repost buddy
well you were the one to say it. . . .
no poles pros: hiking parks/rails/urban, more fingers to grab with, no poles to tangle with in air, less shit to carry/hold,snowballs.
cons: unable to push off with your poles,looking like a snowboarder,turning timing and balance suffers (if youre not an instructor or racer-trained), BC/skiing becomes almost impossible
i didnt say u put any hate in ur comment, u just suggested that i would if i had posted in in nsg.
thats all i was saying too, i have skied with poles for 8 years and loved it and decided to go out today for an hour and ski without them. it was great fun in the park and i never do any backcountry (because i ski in NH and we rarely get powder) but i can definitely see how they would be essential.
if this is a repost could u link me to the original for my own edification?
poles are definitely nice if you have to skin, but ive done a ton of backcountry skiing without poles, (i just keep a pair on my backpack for hiking) and i like it so much more, if you ever have to traverse something its a little bit of a pain, but its still soooooo much better than if your on a snowboard. ive basically given up poles in every aspect of skiing, and im enjoying every aspect of skiing a lot more because of it.
i would suggest poles, due to the fact that if you ride with out them, and throw down some shit, it looks alright. but add the fact that you have to watch out for your poles, it looks better, and adds dificulty. and learning tricks with out poles is a great way to learn but you wont get true cred, till you add them back in.
I usually use poles. They definitely help with balance and for me to turn better. Plus you get around much quicker. For now i have to go no poles as i broke my wrist and cant hold onto the grip with my cast on and i feel so odd.
i had some cut down scott poles until i put them at the bottom of the lift to go a couple runs no poles and never saw them again. ive been going no poles for a while and its pretty fun. easier to grab and move around more freely. just sucks when you are trying to get to a run or on flat ground when u need to push