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Ski pole length

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Am I right in thinking it's possible to lop the top off poles if they are too long?
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Yes. If they are metal poles.
If they are composite, then, basically, no.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
is graphite composite?

Sorry, I not very technical!!
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Yes

How long are they? If theyre no good to you are you selling them?
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beanie1, Assuming your sticks are metal, have a look at the top of the grip. Older grips have a screw retaining them - newer grips seem to be glued on. I tried (and failed) this year to remove some of the newer kind...don't know if anyone else out there has any advice ? Puzzled
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beanie1, yes, "graphite" is composite. So, no you can't shorten them.
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2plank,

They're not mine - they're a friend's.

Thanks for the advice.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
You can shorten graphite poles but there's a 9 out of 10 chance that you will break them whilst doing so, so it's just not worth the hassle
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i'll tell him to flog them then, thanks
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D G Orf, that's why I said "basically no" above!
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beanie1,

How do you know they are too long...??

And in case you don't know, to check, turn them upside down and grip below the basket to simulate the poles being planted in the snow. You might want to flex your angles/knees slightly as well. When doing this when the forearm is 90 degress to the ground you have the correct lenght IMO.
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Wellllll, my composites (Goode) have about 10cm adjustment built into the handle. Never moved them so no idea whether this is +/- 5 cm of just 10cm in one direction but worth checking whether that's the case...
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beanie1, yes you can, BUT...

You need to be very careful when hacksawing them, including even how you clamp them. You also need to mix up some epoxy resin for them to "seal" them after cutting.

The best clamps are the big bench type, that have a horizontal grove that the pole can lie in to spread the load around a bit. Before tightening the clamp, rotate the pole whilst scoring the epoxy covering all the way around with a VERY sharp stanly knife. Cut with a sharp, but not brand new hacksaw blade. Do not pres very hard on each pass, as it is easy to split the shaft.

Mix up the epoxy and apply all around the end and inside the pole. Wipe off any on the outside, unless needed for where you may have chipped the rim. Leave min 24 hours to dry.

Job Done
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
paulhothersall, you forgot to say, wear a good dust mask whilst cutting the composite poles as you do not want to breath in those fibers
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paulhothersall,

I think thats a 'no' then as WTFH says...!!
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JT,

A friend told me his poles are too long and asked if there was any way to sort it. Not actually seen them myself, so I took his word for it!
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JT, well.... it's a yes if you ask your friendly ski fixit shop. But they'll probly charge as much as a new set of les batons....

So, yes it's a no.
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Manda, a ski shop wouldn't offer to cut composite poles, as it invalidates their warranty, and may have safety implications.
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