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Swix Triac 3.0

Swix's Triac 3.0 is an up­dated, ex­cit­ing third gen­er­a­tion of this very suc­cess­ful pole, claimed to be at least 13% lighter. It fea­tures Swix's easy-on, easy-off Triac Bas­ket Sys­tem (TBS) that re­quires no glue and only a few sec­onds for changes. New light­weight bas­kets now have an alu­minum spike that sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the weight of the pole. The straps are in­ter­change­able, de­pend­ing on your wrist size or glove thick­ness and the strap ma­te­rial is lighter and con­tours bet­ter to the hand. The new strap po­si­tion­ing and its at­tach­ment to the top of the pole al­low for bet­ter power trans­fer down the cen­ter of the pole in­stead of from the side, de­signed to im­prove per­for­mance. The SRP is $449 [US] / $499 [CDN].

Mad­shus Nano Car­bon Race 100

The Mad­shus Nano Car­bon Race 100 UHM'S 100% ul­tra-high-mod­u­lus car­bon shaft de­liv­ers an un­beat­able stiff­ness-to-weight ra­tio, mak­ing this pole al­most feel weight­less in your hand. The straps are very com­fort­able right out of the box, but the heat-mold­able Con­tour Cham­pion strap be­comes even more so as it molds to the shape of your hand. Plenty of high-ad­he­sion Vel­cro on the straps means that, once ad­justed, they stay ad­justed, whether you race five kilo­me­tres or 105 kilo­me­tres. The SRP is $295 [US] / $400 [CDN].

Yoko 7100

Yoko's 7100 poles are the man­u­fac­turer's most pop­u­lar, stiff and light­weight poles made of 100% high-strength car­bon fi­bre. Com­pared to the high-mod­u­lus car­bon fi­bre used in Yoko's 8100 and 9100 poles, the 7100's high-strength car­bon is stronger, more durable and longer-last­ing, but not quite as stiff or light­weight as the other mod­els. The Yoko 7100 comes with cork-wrapped grips, de­tach­able Vel­cro race straps and 10mm race bas­kets. This ski pole is a great buy. The SRP is $150 [US] / $195 [CDN].

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