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Pole length

Post by Pat » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:01 pm

My question or asking for advice is --- what is a better strategy for using a slightly longer of shorter pole for classic in this case 145 vs 140 length. I fit right about in the middle with my height for the length. I don't get a lot of time on snow and most of my work is on roller skis, but I do have a 25 k race "on snow" that I have done for the last few years. I had to chuckle when I looked at the results from the last two years and my finishing times were only about 15 seconds different in the two years -- talk about pace management huh?? Anyhow different conditions obviously and just coincidence the times were very close. Having said that, the 1st year I used the 140s and the 2nd year the 145s. The course is mostly flat/rolling terrain. At 5'7", 136 pounds and 62 years old I'm not a powerhouse but I don't stink either. So it boils down to asking those with years of race experience, i.e. you folks, is it better to chuck along at a quicker stride -- which I do with the shorter poles or always better to go with the longer for double poling and DP kick reasons.

OK kind of a long winded question, but thanks and Merry Christmas to you all when it gets here.

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Re: Pole length

Post by dcpattie » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:56 am

If its a calm day go with the longer poles, if its windy then you might want to go with the shorter poles, i.e., anticipating more striding.
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Re: Pole length

Post by Neuro » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:06 pm

Interesting topic. I have nothing to contribute except that you might even consider a length in between those two you mention. I got a pair 5 cm longer as I felt the first pair were too short, but those felt too long and after I cut them 2.5 cm down they felt just right.

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Re: Pole length

Post by Montana » Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:50 am

Pat wrote:...what is a better strategy for using a slightly longer of shorter pole for classic in this case 145 vs 140 length. I fit right about in the middle with my height for the length....
Most good ski shops have in stock pole shafts with a basket but the handle is not attached. This allows them to fit poles for people who want a pole length in between the "normal" lengths. It also allows them to keep less stock on hand because they can cut the shaft to any length required by their customer.
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Re: Pole length

Post by Neuro » Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:10 pm

Cutting yourself is not that big of a deal either. Just put the handles in a pot of boiling water for a couple of minutes to melt the glue and they should pull off easily. Then cut to desired length with a metal saw, and melt some hot glue to smear around the top and push the handles back. (I use hot glue sticks for glue gun, but since I don't have a glue gun I melt and drip with a lighter)

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