i was out in silverton in mar and i got the chance to ride some GREAT terrain.... one thing that was a highlight was a run with the owner of the place named Aaron Brill. this guy rode extremely well, very fast and flowy. but he actually rode with collapsible poles. not on the back, but rode with them while boarding. kinda like a skiier.
even tho i got to chatting with him about various topics on the run (which was one of the finest tree runs ever) while waiting for others to catch up, i never got to ask him why he preferred to ride with the poles.
there is some traversing there so on that count its good to have them handy, but i would have thought that you'd collapse them, stow them, then ride. maybe its just a it "too much of a pain to to stow" them thing?
curious if anyone else does this and if so, what's your reason behind it?
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 3:18 pm Posts: 57 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
For me, it's partially laziness, mostly momentum. If you're lookin at a long flat, or even slightly uphill runout to the next bit of downhill, havin the poles handy for a quick push can save looads of time and energy.
Unless it's super steep, they're usually in hand. No sense stowing them if they're gonna be out again in 5 minutes. I've caught myself using them at resorts lately, too.. (Tahoe peoples,. think Sugar Bowl on a really warm day) Less walking means more runs!
There is a time and place when I'll keep 'em out...read rolling flat terrain where I know I can be in the bindings and use some shoves to keep me rolling, otherwise they're strapped up. gaper is a word that comes to mind...
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1622 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Another place I use 'em sometimes is on the way out from overnight trips, when I've got the big unweildy pack on. They help keep things stable on the way down. They actually help with turn initiation just like skiing. Don't knock it till you've tried it. Though, I don't think I'd let myself be seen with 'em at a resort...
Joined: Sat Jan 08, 2005 12:26 pm Posts: 351 Location: bozeman
I agree. I just got back from a hut trip and with a 50+ pack on your back the poles make it easier to initiate turns. I don't like riding with them though unless it's a heavy pack and more mellow terrain where that extra little push can make a big difference. Oh yeah, and its kinda fun to be able to use them to bushwack in tight spots.