Buying ski poles

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Black Diamond Carbon Fiber, £59.95

This light, adjustable pole grips all snow types effectively, is easy to swing around and has comfortable dual-density handles.


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Salomon Patrol, £29.95

A strong yet light aluminium pole well-suited to freeskiers. Its carbide tip grips like a tiger's claw in every type of snow and the racing grip and sublimated strap mean it won't easily slip out of your hand.


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Scott Code, £74.95

Another freeride pole, this time made of carbon composite. It has a two-component f-ride basket near the tip, which offers excellent purchase in powder and a notch strike grip for easy wrist movement.


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Leki Worldcup Racing SL TTB S, £69.95

Tardis-like where tech features are concerned, this pole features a safety release trigger that disengages the strap from the pole on impact. It also has a Triple Tube Balance system for better swing, and there's a shock-absorbing layer in the pole to dampen the judder of choppy snow.

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