The Chamonix ski mountaineering pole. Coming to us from across the pond and made in the shadow of the great and icy Mont Blanc, these unorthodox ski poles offer many small yet meaningful solutions to many small yet meaningful problems ski mountaineers face in the mountains. Made by mountain guide Alain Desez, the 18mm aluminum poles feature long ribbed foam grips which extend nearly halfway down each pole. Alain's Sticks are durable and allow you to grip anywhere along the top half of each pole without slipping. Also, no wrist straps! Straps can make ordinary falls rather dangerous and can make activating your airbag difficult in the event of an avalanche. Without them, you can more easily plunge the tops of the poles into snow. Proven by Chamoniard mountain guides on steep north faces and by American ski alpinists on routes like Foraker's Archangel Ridge, the highest level of pole design is now available to the powder-hunting, couloir-dropping, European-flag-loving masses.
- 18mm 7075 anodized aluminum makes up the shaft for great strength.
- The pommels (the plastic caps on the top) have a strap attachment point.
- Reflective strips adorn these poles for improved visibility at night.
- Includes easily swappable powder and piste baskets.
- Tungsten carbide tips are slightly flexible.
- Comes in lots of fun grip colors.
|Lengths (cm)||115, 125, 135|
|Weight (pair)||424g 
|Grip||70cm long extended foam|
|Basket & Tip||85mm Powder baskets and 38mm mini baskets|
||7075 aluminum, EVA foam, polymer, carbide|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Steep skiing, mountain running|
|Notes||Infinite handle position|
|Bottom Line||Burly, basic ski poles with limitless grip options.|
|Compare to other Fixed Length Ski Poles|
Questions & Reviews
Great question! I typically grip the pole at my normal pole height. It can feel a bit odd at first, but it's easy to get used to. Plus, having the poles sized a bit longer than normal allows for the shuffling of hands up higher on steeps & flats.
When I think of French culture, I think of three things. Croissants, cheap (but good) red wine and now Les Batons d'Alain. You may be saying to yourself "Will, a ski pole is not a culture commodity". But I must beg to differ. This pole embodies the tradition of steep skiing, having been forged in the steep & deep valley of Chamonix, you can almost taste the cafe au lait as you jump turn your way back to the bakery.
I've used these as my one & only pole this year and have #noragrets. They're light, simple, and well designed. Usually, with a single shaft pole, you'll have to worry a bit about strength when using them in anchors, but I have not found this to be the case. The poles also slot in quite nicely behind your backpack.
I'm 6' and sized my poles to be 135cm.
As a temporary(but adjustable) solution, you may be able to girth hitch or clove hitch some material around the foam grip itself, à la SCOTT RC Pro poles.
Everything else that has been said about these is true. They are great to tour/ski with and I have been using them as a daily driver for work since they arrived. Am I splitting hairs here? Sure. But for an object with no moving parts they need to see an upgrade in materials.
THE HYPE IS REAL! COP EM ASAP!
Got the 135 and I'm 5'10 and they are legitimately perfect! Even bought a pair for my brother (yep... I'm the best).
Email SKIMO so you can purchase as soon as they're available again ;)
I woud like to bay turing poles Les Batons d'Alan in lengt 140cm black/orange or orange/blue.
Please note me if it's posibile to get this kind of poles an shipt by post to Slovenia.
Unfortunately, we do not have either of those colors available in the 140cm length at this time. However, we are able to ship to Slovenia! If you would like to be setup for a notification that will alert you when we get those colors in stock at the 140cm length, reach out to us at email@example.com!
I picked these up because I'm sick of carbon poles and I'm sick of adjustable poles. Why adjust the length when you can just adjust your grip? I figure these are pretty affordable, why not give them a try?
Best. Poles. Ever.
They're much lighter than I thought they would be and the balance is really good. The grip is fantastic, I would compare it to the ESI grips for MTB. Just a nice and compressible foam that grips well even when wet. On my first tour with these I immediately adapted to just putting my hand wherever it felt natural. With the skinny top, flip them upside down and they eliminate a lot of the situation where I would have used the shaft of my ice axe.
They're so simple and versatile it's almost confusing at first.
There are two things I've had to get used to; the skinny top and the wide diameter shaft. As for the top, it's a lot smaller than I'm used to and it feels a bit awkward palming the top when I'm ascending or skating. With Dynafit, G3, etc. grips it feels like a mini cane handle I have and my hand struggles to find a secure grip in this position. It's also harder to flick my heel risers with these and I suspect it would be difficult to put a GoPro mount on as well if that's your thing.
As for the wider diameter shaft, this means it catches a LOT more wind. As tubes increase in diameter, they become far less aerodynamic. The first time I got hit by a gust of wind on top of a ridge I remembered this because I nearly lost them. Heads up, these things will sail on you if you're not careful.
I'm 5'8" and went with the 125cm and they're great although in retrospect, I should have gone with the 135cm length just to give me more options at no real expense or worry about fit. These are killer poles and you'll be glad you got them.
Could you tell me when you will be getting Les Batons d'Alain ski poles?
We are anxiously awaiting their arrival, but we do not have a definite date at this time. If you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we can set up a notification for you.
The one issue I will note is that the grips can get a little icy in certain conditions if you frequently put the poles in the snow upside down (for anchor, etc.), which is a great feature of this pole. So keep an eye on that.
But that is a niggle - these things are really a great tool for any season.
Only downside was the carbide tip wore down quickly with summer mountain running, but I replaced them easily with BD tips and G3 baskets and I’ve had no issues since!
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