"One ski pole to rule them all, one ski pole to find them, one ski pole to bring them to the summit, and in the deep snow, you'll not fall in..."
Isn't that how the quote from Lord of the Rings goes? Either way, if Dynafit had a retail dealer in Middle Earth, Sam and Frodo definitely would have taken the Speed Vario 2 pole with them on their trek to Mordor. Features like high density foam choke grips and ergonomic 2K hand grips make these poles the obvious choice for all those steep booters up the side of Mordor. Dynafit's updated pressure lock closure system holds the lower section of the pole right where you set it, no matter how many orcs you have to clock on your way to the steep and deep. Burly full carbon construction means that this pole is light and strong enough to fit the needs of skimo racers, hobbits on a cross country tour, and mountain guides alike. Guaranteed to be featured in the LOTR reboot, the Speed Vario 2 ski pole fits a wide range of needs, whether you're trekking to save Middle Earth or searching for the steep and deep.
- Super comfortable EVA foam grip is comfortable enough to be used day in and day out, and a comfy foam 'choke' grip extends down for steeper terrain and general ease of use.
- The updated Pressure Lock closure system, in tandem with 105-145cm of adjustable length, means that this pole fits folks (or hobbits) of any size with a quick lever flick-and-slide.
- 2K Powder Basket is made of malleable and durable rubber that snow won't glop onto, and which flexes to match the angle of the slope.
- Full carbon construction is light and stout enough to fit any mountain traveler, whether you're snowshoeing with the dog or setting FKT's in the big mountains.
Update 2022/23: New sweet color of Dawn to match the rising sun.
|Lengths (cm)||Adjustable 105-145|
|Grip||2K, EVA grip extension|
|Basket & Tip||2K powder basket|
||Carbon upper and lower|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Extended grip for choking up|
|Bottom Line||Wicked light 2 piece pole|
|Compare to other Adjustable Ski Poles|
Questions & Reviews
I thought I'd really baby them, but increasingly I'm recognizing their durability and treating them more or less like aluminum poles. I've skied some area runs with them and even (gasp!) put them in the roofbox with skis a couple times (both of which I vowed not to do, and won't do regularly). I whack stuff with them liberally (mostly other poles and snow surface). Maybe I'm being foolish, but so far they show almost no wear aside from a couple small scratches in the clear coat, and seem like they'll hold up well to years of hard use / mild abuse. Fell on them once, hard enough that I might have bent an aluminum pole - no harm at all to the carbon, good as new.
I took the straps off, so no comment about those, but I recall they are light & minimal.
Only thing I don't like is the relatively hard, slippery blue plastic at the top of the pole above the grip. I'd like more of the grippier, softer black rubber there to better assist "punching" tech toe levers from walk to ski mode (I'm testing a small piece of gorilla tape as a solution).
In summary - totally solid, lightweight adjustable carbon pole. Seems like it's hard to go wrong with these if your budget allows.
On steep terrain when the mohair starts to slip, you can dig in deep with these and they are stiff and solid. I have never had the locking mechanism slip on me, it clicks into place at fixed intervals and shows you how long they are. The straps are comfy and easy to adjust, on long tours when your hands get tired from gripping the poles, you can cinch them a little tighter on the wrist. The mechanism for keeping the strap in place is integrated into the pole handle so there's no plastic buckle to fumble with.
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