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Profahoben_212I don't think that's what causes skiers thumb, but I still cut the straps off anyways. I find them quite annoying and never use them in the park. Pow poles though, you Definately need straps.
Espen519Mine have straps, but never use straps in park. It's nice to have when doing anything else though, pow especially. It sucks losing a pole part way up and having to crawl up steep pow trying to save a pole
MLJHmm, usually I do the opposite. In pow it is generally conceded that having straps makes it more dangerous, because of catching poles in avalanches etc.
BoaxStraps all the time except in trees, including in "avalanche terrain"; works for me.
Hold your straps properly and you're much less likely to injure your thumbs; up through the strap not down.