I’ve been meaning to post this question for a couple years, but snapping a rollerski pole in two the other day finally spurred me into action. What rules of thumb do people follow regarding the length of skating rollerski poles? Assuming one buys dedicated rollerskiing poles, should they be the same length as one’s on-snow skating poles? My same-length-as-snow rollerskiing poles feel short … they come up to my lips on the carpet in running shoes, but not even up to my chin on my rollerskis. Do rollerskis in fact sit off of the ground/snow more than snow skis? Does the on-snow basket versus rollerski ferrule make a difference in true length?
And, the issue of the design of roller-skis versus skis aside, do people prefer longer or shorter poles for rollerskiing given the nature of the exercise, and how the pole hits the ground? Thanks a lot.
My understanding is that you can use basically the same length pole because the roller skis have you higher off the ground than snow skis BUT the pole tip/ferrule on the roller poles doesn’t sink into the ground at all so effectively it’s a longer pole and matches your “height”. I find I actually preferred slightly longer snow poles. Maybe I was just more willing to commit to hard poling on snow than on hard pavement.
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