Forums The Gear Room Needed: Poles that are >145cm long.
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  • #784453
    cadmus
    14 Posts

    I am lanky, i like long poles. I had a set of Leki “snowshoe” poles from the mid 90’s that just bit the dust. I used them almost exclusively for 12 years (when they were not broken). They were the only pole of 160cm i could find. They did not pack down as well as i would like, but great baskets and long. When skinning up i am almost always using the 160 length, and sometimes i wish i could go up to 170+. Every year i look for a replacement. Now i need a replacement. I found a few snowshoe poles but they do not collapse down much.

    Can anyone direct me to collapsible poles that get longer than 155cm. 170 would be ideal.

    I am also looking for franken-pole options. If someone knows a various 2 segment and 3 segment pole that has interchangeable parts to get me to my desired ~160 cm I am all ears. especially if i can pack it down a little relative to the 2 segment snowshoe poles.

    Thanks in advance,

    #784461
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    Black Diamond makes Expedition 2’s in 155 cm size. http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/ski-poles/expedition-2-BD111556_cfg.html#start=9
    For longer poles (~170 cm). . . The lower from my older, 2-piece Whippets fits into the mid shaft on my new, BD 3-piece Expeditions and extends out to about 175 cm.
    You can probably buy 3-piece Expeditions and replacement lowers from the 2-piece Expeds (they both are 14 mm in diameter) and have a similar effect; i.e. replace the 3-piece lowers with longer, 2-piece lowers. I don’t happen know the length of this year’s 2-piece lowers, but I imagine it is about as long as previous year’s 2-pieces have been.

    Here’s a link to BD’s spare parts page. . .
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/skiing/spare-parts
    Here’s a link to replacement Exped 2 lower shaft (the larger, 155 cm size). . .
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/skiing%2Fspare-parts-BD0114550000155S.html#start=66

    It is probably worth an email or call to customer service to confirm diameters.
    http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/customer-service/cs-landing.html

    This setup will not collapse down into a respectable size. It will look like alien radio antennae when you shred, unless you remove the lowers and pack them along side your uppers + mids.

    Another angle might be looking into collapsable nordic poles (if they exist) and replacing the baskets with powder baskets.

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    #784466
    permnation
    303 Posts

    These could work http://luxurylite.com/ssindex.html I emailed Bruce last season about one, and he seemed receptive to custom cut lengths. He has an aluminum version also.

    #784504
    permnation
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    #784515
    cadmus
    14 Posts

    Thanks HansGLudwig and Permnation, these are good leads.

    I am surprised black diamond lineup has no 3 segment poles aside from the whippit. in years past they did, right? Were these replaced by the “Compactor” series?
    Perhaps the compactor bottom will fit in a longer upper.

    Still reading up on Permnation’s links.

    #784521
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    I am surprised black diamond lineup has no 3 segment poles aside from the whippet…Were these replaced by the “Compactor” series?
    Perhaps the compactor bottom will fit in a longer upper.

    My pleasure.
    BD does offer a 3 piece: Expedition 3; I just didn’t mention it b/c the larger of the two sizes doesn’t fit your needs.

    Compactor is a different deal/design altogether and can’t interface. They have this “Z-technology” where all the shafts have male and female (convex and concave) cones on the ends. They are connected by a cable on the inside which, when tensioned, pulls them together (male into female) and makes the shaft rigid.
    (Wow, that got real naughty, real quick!)

    I happen to like permnation’s custom pole link.

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