Time to change the tips of your ski poles?
The tips are the part of the ski pole, that have the direct contact with the snow. The tips are a delicate matter since they have to be small and sharp enough to easily dig into the snow, but at the same time not be dangerous for the user and the surroundings. If you own a set of less expensive poles, you will probably not have the option to replace the tips, since they are a part of the shaft.
When a set of ski poles are of a certain quality, you will have the option of replacing the tips if they loose their sharpness or breaks, instead of throwing them in the trash can. The tips are usually made as a separate extension on the bottom of the shaft and they are usually made of plastic with a metal tip.
In this category, you will also find a variety of poles with pre mounted baskets and asphalt pads that allow the skier to use their cross country ski poles out on the open road. This is very smart since it will save you some money and some storage place.
Ski Pole Grips for Cross Country Adventures
Ski pole grips are found at the upper part of your pole and are what you grip onto when skiing. If you find yourself getting blisters, struggling to grip the handle, or maybe just the coating is coming off then it’s time to consider new pole grips.
Cross country ski pole grips are usually made from cork, rubber, or plastic. Cork is popular not only because it is soft and light but also because it is durable. Some skiers, meanwhile, find rubber a more comfortable option.
Cross Country Ski Pole Straps for the Best Performance
Using the right strap will allow you to push harder on the pole without needing to hold the pole as tight in your hand. In general, there are three types of straps, loop straps, harness straps and quick-release straps. What style you go for is up to you, however, loop straps are most popular with beginners whereas intermediate and advanced riders usually go for harness or quick-release straps.
If you do think that it’s time to get a whole new set of poles, then check out our Cross Country Ski Poles.