Choose Your Rollerski Poles
Having the right rollerski poles can make all the difference to your enjoyment when roller skiing. Not only do poles help propel you forwards, but they are an important balancing tool to keep you in control. The main points to consider are the material and length of the rollerski poles, as they should match your skiing style and height.
Rollerski Pole Length
The length of your rollerski poles depends on whether you are skiing the classic or skating style. Classic rollerski poles should roughly be 30 cm shorter than your total height. This is optimal for the arm movements you make. The skating rollerski poles should be around 20 cm shorter than your total height. They are recommended to be a little longer than the classic ones because the side-to-side movements allow more room to reach.
Rollerski Pole Materials
Rollerski poles are commonly made with carbon, fibreglass or a combination of the two. Each of the material types have their advantages and disadvantages. Poles that are 100% carbon are stiff, lightweight and offer the best power transfer from arm to pole tip. These are suited for experienced rollerskiers and racers. Poles that have a combination of 50% carbon and 50% fibreglass are more flexible, heavier and won't break as easily as full carbon poles. This is generally more economical and is a popular choice for recreational rollerskiers.
Other features to look out for include pole straps, ski pole handles (generally made from cork) and ski poles tip replacements which come in different sizes. To see more equipment for rollerski poles, you can check out our Accessories for Roller Ski poles.