October 17, 2005

Coldpole Ski Poles Arrive

Last week, we told you about the Coldpole flask ski pole. This week we're doing a snow dance because our poles arrived in the mail. It'll be a month or two before we can try them out on the slopes, but we had our staff skiing expert give them a once-over. On a side note, is it weird to drink out of a ski pole while you're still inside?

Model: We got the Black Diamond model, which is a step down from the Expert series but will save you $20. After unscrewing the grip, the inside of the poles still smells a bit pungent, but It smells like a problem easily solved with some soap and water. The Expert Series comes with a cleaning brush, and we'd recommend adding one to your order if you get the Black Diamond if you want to make sure the inside is pristine.

As a Ski Pole: One thing we were a bit concerned about was that these were going to be chintzy novelty poles, but as it says in the literature that accompanies them, "this is not a novelty pole - this is a high performance pole with a novelty feature." That about sums it up, too - they're solid, lightweight and strong. We're not sure we'd use them to run bumps all day or go in the backcountry, but they definitely seem like they'd hold up under normal use.

Coldpole GripsAs a Flask: One nice thing is that the Coldpole folks thought of is to make the the actual nozzle you drink from out of plastic. They probably flirted with making it out of metal to make them stronger, but if you've ever had your flask freeze to your lips when it's 30 degrees outside, you know why we mention it.

We also double-checked to make sure it would be simple to re-cap, because you don't want to spend 10 minutes in the cold trying to get your ski pole grip lined up again. The grip is designed to re-align automatically, so when the cover is fully closed, the grip is lined up. Hot damn.

Overall: We're impressed with what we've seen of the Coldpole, and we'll do a full review once we're able to try them out. Somebody get on the horn with Mother Nature and let her know we need some snow in the Northeast, would you?

Learn more about the Black Diamond and Expert Series' at Coldpole.com.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at October 17, 2005 6:18 PM
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