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Without the right poles, it is difficult to make progress on nordic skates and roll skis. But what makes the perfect pole and which poles are suitable for what? Let's start with the structure of the cross or Nordic poles. A nordic skating pole is made out of three parts. The tube - this can be made of carbon, aluminium or a mixed material (carbon with fibreglass), the handles, including straps, and the pole tips. [read more]

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Nordic Skating Poles from your Nordic Skating expert

Everything is joined together using hot glue. This is how all fixed poles for Nordic skating are constructed. With Vario poles it is different. So that the poles can be continuously adjusted in height, Vario poles consist of two tubes that are inserted into each other. The poles can then be adjusted to the desired height by means of a locking mechanism.


When to use Vario poles and when fixed poles? Vario poles are especially practical for athletes who often have to transport their poles. Thanks to the adjustability, the pack size of the poles can be significantly reduced. Another advantage of the adjustability is the adaptability to changing conditions. If you share the poles, e.g. in the family, they can always be perfectly adjusted to the required body size.

What is the required or best pole length?

The Nordic skating pole has the optimal length when it measures 90% of the body height, plus the standing height of the Nordic skate / roller ski. So body height in cm times 0.9 plus the frame height of the roller ski or crossskate in cm (measured from the ground). This formula applies to both fixed and vario poles.

Compared to the Vario poles, the fixed poles cannot be adjusted in height. This makes them lighter overall. When buying, however, make sure that the pole length is ordered to fit the user. On request, we can shorten fixed poles to any length. But the weight saving is not the only advantage of fixed poles. Because they are made of one piece, they are also stiffer. This leads to better torsional rigidity and thus better power transmission.


Now the question remains, what material should the pole be made of? Aluminium or carbon? Both have advantages and disadvantages. Aluminium is very robust and blows are less likely to damage the poles - in contrast to carbon poles. These are very sensitive to impacts against edges of all kinds. Carbon is lighter than aluminium. Carbon is also much more torsion-resistant. This leads to better power transmission when cross-skating. So who should buy which pole? For a Nordic Skating beginner or novice, we would recommend the aluminium pole. The robust poles are inexpensive to buy and, thanks to their robustness, forgive the occasional skiing mistake.

The carbon poles are for advanced skaters who want to get more out of their cross skates and themselves.

The right pole length for Nordic skating

The appropriate pole length for Nordic skating is primarily calculated by body size. The following formula serves as a basis:

Body height (in cm) x 0.9 + the stand height of the Nordic Skate

As the poles are always offered by the manufacturer in 5 cm increments, they normally have to be rounded up or down. On request, we can also shorten the pole to the exact length (for an extra charge).

Beginners and athletes with less strength should, in case of doubt, rather use a shorter pole when deciding. Experienced and more powerful skaters can tend to choose the longer pole. Depending on anatomy, skating style and the route to be skated, longer poles can also be artificially "adjusted" by setting the point at which the pole is placed further back. This protects the shoulder muscles and makes the poles easier to handle, but it also means that you can't ride with as much pressure.

Shorten Nordic Skating poles

1. Heat the end with the handles
Option 1: Wam water bath
Boil water and place the poles in the hot water for approx. 5 minutes until the hot glue comes off and the handles can be pulled off.
ATTENTION: This method is not recommended for handles with cork inserts.

Option 2: Hot air dryer:
With sufficient distance, heat the handles until they can be pulled off.
ATTENTION: Pay attention to the distance, otherwise the surface of the handle could be damaged.

2. shorten the stick to the desired length, this works best with a fine metal saw.

Reattach the handles with hot glue if necessary. Some handles sit so tightly on the poles that they do not need glue.

We generally recommend buying one-piece Nordic skating poles that fit the length and not using size-adjustable poles. These are well suited for testing and rental purposes due to their flexibility. However, the adjustment mechanism becomes a weak point over time if it can no longer be closed safely and reliably. One-piece poles are also lighter and offer the higher torsional rigidity.



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