Having correctly fitted ski poles, suited for your type of skiing is important to aid in your skiing technique. A lot of skiers see poles as "things you hold to push your self along on the flat sections" but this is definitely not what poles are for. Ski poles play a major role in putting the body in to the correct position to initiate a the start phase of the turn and correct use and positioning of ski poles helps to aid balance through out the turn, keeping your weight in the correct place over the skis.
The price of ski poles depends on the composition of the pole and the use. We have a range from children's poles and budget poles to the higher end specialist poles. You don't need to blow the budget for a good set of poles.
There are a few different types of poles out there:
On piste/regular use: For your hard pack, pisted runs use a standard size basket.
Touring: Touring poles will have an adjustable height for varying angles of terrain. These poles will be quite light, often made of carbon fibre so they won't be a nuisance on your backpack.
Off Piste: These poles will have an bigger 'powder' basket for the deep snow.
Poles are either composed of aluminium, carbon composite or complete carbon fibre. Your carbon fibre poles are going to be lighter, offering a nicer swing weight as you ski, but do cost more.
Different types of straps exist in addition to regular straps. Backcountry poles have a safety release at the top of the strap and Leki have created a pole that clips to a strap that permanently sits around your gloves. There are also cork handles which believe it or not actually help to keep your hands warmer when skiing, even through your ski gloves! You will find the majority of mid priced poles come with a rubber handle and lower priced poles with a plastic grip.
Our size chart (see below) will help you in finding the correct fit for all mountain use, if you are very much in to off-piste skiing then go one size shorter than recommended below, and freestyle skiers tend to go a lot shorter. This is because the poles are not used to plant in the snow, but just for the balance and body positioning point of view and a shorter ski pole is useful in a lot of freestyle manoeuvres.
*For off piste skiing go one size shorter than suggested
**For freestyle skiing drop a few sizes shorter than suggested