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Review: Best Poles Money Could Buy, Part 2

This is continuation of Review: Best Poles part I

We follow an alphabetic order and continue to present you the very best poles, used by the very best of skiers.

Some poles manufacturers ( we are talking about you, Rex, Start, RCS, SixTen and USSPC ) do produce quality 100% UHM carbon fiber poles – but do not sponsor any World Cup athletes. Whether they are not good enough for the very best or their respective owners have other ideas as to how to advertize, we simply would not know.
The matter is, we can’t show them for the lack of self-taken photos at the top events, sorry.

But even without aforementioned, the field of the World Cup club pole makers is rather crowded with at least 11 companies vying to promote their wares ( we hope we did not forget anyone)

One Way Premio SLG 10 in the hands of Ragnhild Haga ( and the third OW pole you see is that of Charlotte Kalla who did not fit into frame, sorry) . Both Olympic champions decided to stick to time-tested black & yellow brand even after it changed ownership
OneWay wants you to know that it was “originally
founded in 2004 in Finland and now headquartered in Austria”. In other words, at least when it comes to SLG10 like Anamarija Lampic is holding, it compliments other Fischer Nordic racing products
Rossignol Cross Country Pole WCS and its top user, world champion 2017 Federico Pelegrino. Rossignol is one the first companies to provide all gear ( skis, poles, boots and bindings) under the same label.
Salomon S-LAB Carbon and their most internationally recognized user, Francesco de Fabiani. Just like with Rossignol, you can be geared-up by Salomon all over now = skis, boots, bindings & poles. And a racing suit for a good measure
SkiGo Racing 1.0 used by Teodor Peterson, are likely, Northernmost -designed poles in the world. Also the only ones featuring BOA system
It’s hard to select photos of stars using Swix Triac 3.0 – the choice is just too big!
Brav, Swix’ corporate owner, also has a quite unique “blanket agreement” with Team Russia – all top Russian skiers, be it juniors or “fully grown-ups” run with the latest Triac poles.
With that amount of stars winning podiums with the Norwegian sticks, it’s probably not hugely surprising that Triacs are currently the most expensive “regular” poles in our review with RRP running to 399 euros ( KV+ Gold are technically more expensive – but they are more of a collectors’item)
Last year relatively modest Yoko raised eyebrows when it became only a second company in the world after mighty Swix to become an exclusive supplier to a national team – in this case Poland’s national team. Clearly, brand association with a country’s best Olympian ever raised the bar for the Finnish polemaker!
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