If the liftline at your local ski area is beginning to look like a bamboo grove, Bryon Friedman is responsible. In 2011 the Park City, Utah, native and former World Cup ski racer helped found Soul Poles, which makes ski poles from bamboo. Over the past four years, the poles have gone from a novelty item to a must-have among trendy skiers. Between R&D trips to South America and China, Friedman took some time to bare his soul

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posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Oct 19, 2015 .

Soul Poles athlete Martin Lentz had a killer winter last season, and here is the proof! Keep an eye out for Martin this season as he competes on the Freeride World Tour and shreds our favorite Little Cottonwood Canyon ski area, Alta Ski Resort.


Martin Lentz 2015 Season Edit from Martin Lentz on Vimeo.

Soul Poles, Pret Helmets, Discrete Clothing, Fischer Skis

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Oct 07, 2015 .

Soul Poles, and the Soul Shop, have a vibe and culture that truly need to be experienced hands-on. From the moment you walk in our door and smell the bamboo to building your own poles in our manufacturing space, we want to share our home with you. Take a brief tour with our founder, Bryon Friedman, to learn more about who we are, where we came from, and why we build the best custom bamboo ski poles in the world.


We hope this peak into the Soul Shop inspires you to stop by when you are in Park City, UT. Whether to just say hello or build your own custom bamboo ski poles, we’d love to share our Soul with you.

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on Jun 28, 2015 .

Oddly, heli skiing feels a lot like downhill racing. Long days of waiting for weather to clear, the good 'ole hurry up and wait firedrill that keeps us alert. All the while trying to conserve energy while combatting an overwhelming feeling of excitement and anticitpation for the risk and reward that lies ahead. Inevitably if you schedule a downhill weather will present itself, and the same rule applies for heli skiing.

After waiting it out for 6 days of rain, snow, sleet, and late nights at the Fort Seward Lodge, a group of retired downhill skiers, including the likes Olympic downhiller Reggie Crist and 2-time National...

posted by in reviews, soul brothers on May 26, 2015 .

Martin Lentz  has thrown down a killer season and qualified for the World Freeride Tour. But what makes Martin truly special are his abilities to ski faster, go bigger, and find new ways to entertain his fans and test the strength of our bamboo ski poles. See for yourself on this Spring Line! 


Line of the Spring... almost from Martin Lentz on Vimeo.

posted by in press, reviews on May 09, 2015 .

Why bamboo ski poles? And who’s making them?


Maybe you’ve noticed them while out carving turns: bamboo ski poles. At first they seemed like a novelty, but more and more skiers are swearing by them. “More stability,” has been the general consensus, along with an improved aesthetic from an environmentally friendly material.

We set out to learn a few things about how bamboo is changing ski poles. We wanted to know why bamboo is a better choice, and the specifics about the models that are available.

Founded by former U.S. Ski Team racers, this Park City...

Has anyone read Deep by Porter Fox? I bought the book directly from Porter well over 2 years ago at SIA (Ski and Snowboard Industries of America). He was on a book tour and made the pilgrimage to North America's Winter sports industry equivalent to the Grand Bazaar. I remember having a brief interaction with him and was eager to read his life's work. After all, Porter is a a skier just like me, intrinsically driven by the frozen flakes that accumulate into fluffy piles of snow we call powder. 

We are both stewards of the mountain and her beauty gives us purpose, yet for some reason I gave the book away to Soul Poles brand manager...

posted by in press, reviews on Apr 14, 2015 .

Poles with Soul – back to the future with Soul Poles
Soul Poles is a Park City, Utah, based pole and accessory company with a dedicated focus on sustainability. Their poles are built with bamboo that offers a claimed durability twice that of aluminum, and is backed by a two-year shaft replacement warranty. Stylish, sustainable and simple – characteristics sought by many of today’s discerning skiers.

Former US Ski Team members Erik Schlopy and Bryon Friedman founded Soul Poles. After going through hundreds of poles during their racing careers, they envisioned bringing back the bamboo as a “moral imperative.” The duo...