Right when the season began, a brand new company called Soul Poles reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in trying a pair of their poles. I promptly went to their website and was delighted to discover that their poles are made of bamboo, which got me really excited, as I'd been wanting to own a pair of bamboo poles for a while.
I got even more excited when they informed me that they do custom engravings on their poles, so needless to say, I was beyond stoked when a pair of Original Soul's with my last name and the Newschoolers logo on them showed up at my door.
Looks aside (which I'm obviously pumped on), I really, really love these poles, as my biggest gripe with most bamboo poles I've tried is that they tend to be really heavy, where as the Original Soul isn't (and even lighter is their park/pipe pole, which everyone on this website should check out), and is actually lighter than a lot of aluminum poles I've owned.
Another bonus is the fact that it has a standard basket, as other bamboo poles I've tried have had weird ones, which I didn't like at all. And in addition to all of that, these poles are made of 100% biodegradable materials (including recycled plastics for the baskets and of course the bamboo shaft), which makes Soul Poles the greenest pole offering in the world, which is a big time plus in my opinion.
The one thing that may scare some people away from these poles is the price, as they're a bit more expensive than the standard throng of ski poles that you can find in any shop, but with the quality, customizable engraving option and sustainability factor, trust me, they're more than worth it.