One Way Premio SLG 10
One Way's newest and best ski pole, the SLG 10, is made with 100% ultra-high-modulus carbon fibre and its Diamond Carbon technology. Designed to have the lightest swing weight on the market, this pole makes a believer out of everybody who gives it a try. Used by the entire US Biathlon and US Nordic-combined teams, as well as many World Cup athletes, these poles are a proven winner. The Premio SLG 10 is fitted with a new Pro strap with an extra-wide Cordura and Velcro enclosure, Premio Flash racing baskets and 360° cork grip. The SRP is $400 [US] / $469 [CDN].
Exel Spectra XP70
Any active skier will appreciate the light, stiff 70% carbon shaft of Exel's Spectra XP70 ski pole. The new Avenger Basket (designed with the input of Olympic champion Iivo Niskanen) is big enough to hold on softer tracks, yet light enough to keep the swing weight low. Rounded out with a cork handle and a comfortable hand-gripping Fusion strap, this pole is a joy to use without breaking the bank. The SRP is $100 [US] / $139 [CDN
The Start Winner is a high-quality pole for the active racer or recreational skier. A diameter of 17mm, together with 100% HS carbon, makes this pole stiff and durable. The handle model is the light, comfortable Race Cork. Its Fit Race strap gives direct control of the pole in all skiing phases. The large light Track basket is equipped with a hard metal tip. Kits are available in 155cm and 180cm, and can be cut down to any length needed. The SRP is $159. [US] / $204 [CDN].
Leki Genius Vario
Just one set of poles for Classic and skating? Leki has it covered. Its Genius Vario is one of the few adjustable poles stiff and light enough for recreational track skiing. The pole pairs a durable aluminum upper shaft with a lightweight carbon-composite lower shaft, and has a secure Speed Lock 2 adjustment point that sits in the middle for quick access. With use, the cork handle conforms to your grip, and its Trigger Shark Active strap attaches and detaches directly from the handle, so you no longer have to slip the strap over your glove. The SRP is $199 [US] / $250 [CDN].