Jr race poles made from HIGH-DENSITY ALUMINIUM 7075-T6
elaborately and repeatedly treated aluminium tube: well proven, extra stiff and ideal for alpine racing. The Komperdell race poles also feature a rubber racing grip developed in cooperation with world cup athletes for better transmission of power at the start.
Mom's Thoughts: We spent a lot of time considering carbon or aluminum race poles and in the went with aluminum for junior racers because we feel the safety of aluminum outweighs the perceived performance improvements associated with carbon poles. We have seen people with all carbon poles that have just snapped in half/shattered from a hard impact, which can be pretty deadly. A good pair of aluminum poles will swing like carbon, are lightweight, and most importantly durable. And, not to name drop but several US Ski Team athletes including Ted Ligety have moved to Komperdell. You da' man Ted!
Care for history lesson on poles? Ski poles are used to improve balance and timing. Early ski poles were simply sticks, then bamboo (1930s), then steel (1940s and early 1950s). In 1958, Ed Scott invented the aluminium ski pole. In competitive alpine skiing, including high speed disciplines such as Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom, Downhill, and Speed Skiing poles may be designed to bend around the skiers body while in a tuck position, in order to minimize air drag. In Slalom skiing, regular straight poles are preferred due to the reduced speeds and increased reliance on poles.