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  • #572865
    IrishGav
    254 Posts

    So met a splitter today who came over and told me i should not have my ski poles facing upwards-Tips up on my bag in ride mode,as a friend of his once had a pole impaled in his head and had to be air lifted out of the backcountry.

    It’s my 1st season and i’m definetly open to the idea of not having my ski pole impaled in my brain anytime soon,so i will probably take his advice

    So as the poll suggests,Which way does your ski pole tip face?

    #625133
    utasidian
    120 Posts

    poles up! I’ve been stabbed in the leg, with my pack strapped right I’d have to bend in a pretty unnatural way to stab my head.

    #625134
    182 Surf de neige
    157 Posts

    I almost always ride with my poles in my hands now, as they help me in some of my descents on the flats. I have THe BD carbons and I make them as small as they can be, and then I do my magic. I really enjoy having the poles, and I dont even thnk about dropping them, ever :twocents: .

    #625135
    Shep
    525 Posts

    In my hands or in my pack (usually pointing up). I just haven’t found a way that they won’t end up snagging on a tree sooner or later if they are strapped to the back. Trying to fit them inside is how I ended up with three piece poles even though my two piece poles are still perfectly functional. If you are worried about something stabbing you in the head… WEAR A HELMET! :thumpsup:

    Shep

    #625136
    IrishGav
    254 Posts

    @182 Surf de neige wrote:

    I almost always ride with my poles in my hands now, as they help me in some of my descents on the flats. I have THe BD carbons and I make them as small as they can be, and then I do my magic. I really enjoy having the poles, and I dont even thnk about dropping them, ever :twocents: .

    Ok fair enough if you are on mellow terrain to ride with pole in your hands,but i think it’s a total hinderance,riding tight steep trees? couloirs? 40/50 degree slopes? c’mon that is madness if you ask me

    #625137
    IrishGav
    254 Posts

    @shep wrote:

    WEAR A HELMET!

    Might start doing that again,stopped carrying mine as it was just more stuff to lug around the bc

    #625138
    Taft
    287 Posts

    used to have them pointed down with the tips through the gear loop. but the points thrashed seat of my sled. so now I’m in the habit of having tips up.

    what ever works. poles are a hazard no matter what.

    #625139
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Poles up. always on the side of my pack so they are on my rear foot side. One a little higher then the other so I look like Boba fett.

    My legs are way more valuable then my brain.

    Good point though. I’ll have to check and see if I am in an danger of self lobotomy.

    #625140
    sketchyT
    280 Posts

    I’ve been riding with them in my hand and it’s worked out pretty well in flat areas. If there are no flat areas to worry about I would pack them similar to Ale…..I like the Boba fett look too.

    #625141
    russman
    689 Posts

    @irishgav wrote:

    @shep wrote:

    WEAR A HELMET!

    Might start doing that again,stopped carrying mine as it was just more stuff to lug around the bc

    YES!!!! WEAR A HELMET!!! My helmet is pretty minimalist and is super light. It’s usually just clipped to the top of my pack on the way up. I’ve been knocked out twice from snowboard crashes…. I mean just think about it. You’re going as fast as 50mph sometimes! Even crashing in open powder can f%$@ you up!

    Most deaths from crashing or avalanches are due to head trauma. Plus, this whole pole in your skull thing is taken care of, too!

    As far as the poll… My poles usually go inside my pack with the tips pointing straight up behind my head. This is far less than ideal, but my fantastically designed Black Diamond Avalung pack doesnt have an adequate outside strap system! I’m thinking of sewing on a little pouch for the tips to go into. Anybody else have this problem?

    #625142
    LBR
    116 Posts

    I run them tips up, diagonally across the pack, so the tips are below the top of the pack.
    If I have to negotiate flats, I carry one pole and strap the other.
    Sometimes I shove that one between my back and the pack horizontally.

    My oh my, what geeks we are.

    #625143
    russman
    689 Posts

    @lbr wrote:

    My oh my, what geeks we are.

    I will not dispute that statement 😆

    #625144
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    I use double whippets and due to the design of the packs I use it works best to lash them tips up. No issues with the tips or blades during ragdolls (knocks on wood) although I try not to ragdoll too often (but you gotta eat it every so often to keep you honest 🙂 ). Might try a protective sleeve for the whippet blades though soon.

    As for poles on the down. Absolutely not, unless its out of necessity (flats, overnight pack, etc) but never out of laziness. One of the things that draws me to snowboarding is the freedom and purity of not having to hold on to anything in your hands (like surfing, skating). :twocents:

    Whatever puts a smile on your face though…. :headbang:

    #625145
    powpow
    75 Posts

    I was thinking about this the other day after seeing this pic of me getting ready to descend:

    This was the first time I put my poles inside my pack and I won’t be doing that again. Those tips are a little too close for comfort. Like bcrider said, doing the occasional ragdoll is part of the game. 🙂

    This is a new pack for me (Osprey Kode 30). I love the pack, but I haven’t figured out a great way to secure the poles yet. I need to do some more experimenting. In the few times I’ve tried, the sides and back don’t cinch down tight enough to keep the poles still. They won’t fall out, but they’re moving around too much. That said, the tips are farther away from my noggin with either of those methods.

    #625146
    BigJay
    342 Posts

    There’s a metal string for hanging skis on my back. I tighten the tips on this thing. (so tips down) and i attched the poles on the side. Grips are not in the way and not to close to the helmet… and i don’t feel the tips are too close… they’re also slightly on the back of the pack…

    Looks like this:

    #625147
    powderjunkie
    1666 Posts

    tips up, but may have to reconsider that. I do wear a helmet and never thought about the tip going into my brain.

    BCR – you went easy on the poles in hand issue this time.

    If I have a pole or two in my hand I at least try to do a batton move with them to be flashy. Or play air drums.

    #625148
    stoudema
    550 Posts

    Tips up, usually w/a helmet. I prefer them inside the pack if possible. The one time I was lazy about this and put the poles down, the flick-lock on my BD pole came loose somewhere on my descent on Mt Hood and I lost the lower 2/3 of one of my poles. Cost about $40 to replace (carbon fiber is expensive!).

    #625149
    Shep
    525 Posts

    To be more specific… I am usually riding tight trees, so having both poles in my hand is a nice way to get up in powder without having to pull my board off. (hold them in an X pattern to push off the ground with) Umm, yeah, I guess I’m saying I fall a lot. :bananas:

    Shep

    #625150
    maniacdave
    564 Posts

    @utasidian wrote:

    poles up! I’ve been stabbed in the leg, with my pack strapped right I’d have to bend in a pretty unnatural way to stab my head.

    This. Minus the actual stabby in the leggy bit. With my (older) Deuter Freeride, there is no way the poles could get me in the back of the head. I don’t have a picture but the tips actually wind up pointing up and away when strapped on. If had them pointed down, the tips would wind up below the bottom of the back and in a prime spot to make the back of my leg bleed if I tomahawked.

    Funny enough, I just had this discussion over on TGR…

    As for the poles out while riding thing… I’ve only ever done it or felt the need to on super flat cat tracks. Usually its stealing a couple from those buddies on skis and just keep poling along. Once I had the misfortune of somehow pulling my own off the pack, extending one and while in the process of getting the other one out…. dropped the tip of the first and caught it square in the chest. I took a few minutes to learn how to breath again. Didn’t even break the pole, bomber stuff BD!

    That was Pontus

    #625151
    wavy
    198 Posts

    I try to strap them on diagonally when I have the time, but am usually too lazy and just go the easy route and strap them on tips up on the side.

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