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Antique ski poles, Alpenstocks or “push sticks” were originally made of hickory and oak. Then, in the 1930s, bamboo a lighter, yet very strong wood became the preferred material for ski poles.  This made for a perfect combination with local company Soul Poles.  Founded and designed by former U.S. Ski Team racers competing at the World Cup and Olympic level, they have recreated this tradition with eco-friendly bamboo poles by hand in Park City, Utah. Unlike the traditional poles made today, Soul Poles’ 100% biodegradable bamboo shafts create a minimal environmental footprint. In addition the ski pole grips made...

After a few back and forths with Snowbound Magazine Editor | Contributor, Lauren Jacobsen, her article went live featuring the full story of Soul Poles' development as a cause-oriented brand on a mission.  

From the days of SP Founder's Bryon Friedman and Erik Schlopy on the World Cup Circuit, to our current campaigns partnering with non-profit organization, Snowbound captured the essence.  Here's a sneak peak...

'“The poles are a climate change icon,” Matt Hundhammer, brand manager of Soul Poles, said. “They are all about creating awareness (of the climate problem) in the ski world.”

And it seems to be working. The...

posted by in reviews on Jun 23, 2014 .

At Soul Poles we are constantly trying to bring good vibes and good times to the outdoor lifestyle while giving back to our community and environment. When we see other people and companies promoting a similar ethos, it encourages us to keep pushing for the world we want to live in. The discovery of Kate’s Real Food, an energy bar company dedicated to making wholesome bars with ingredients sourced from responsible and organic farms was no coincidence. We sought out the most environmentally and socially conscious bar company in the outdoor industry to partner with us for our mobile workshop tour, and Kate’s Real Food met and...

posted by in reviews on Jun 16, 2014 .

Kate's food doesn't skimp out on any ingredients. With wholesome energy bars handcrafted from the highest quality organic ingredients, you know you are getting the nourishment needed to fuel your active lifestyle. Between now and June 21st Kate's Real Food is offering a 20% discount on all products with the code, "SUMMERSCHOOL". Head on over to their website, Katesrealfood.com, and score an awesome deal while you still can. 

 

Make sure to check back later this week to find out more about Kate's Real Food's mission to fuel the most active lifestyles.

posted by in reviews on Jun 15, 2014 .

“We do not choose cancer, but we can choose to out live it.” This statement is the driving force behind First Descents’ mission to ease the depressing and scary realization of being diagnosed with Cancer.  Since it’s inception in 2001, First Descents has inspired thousands of cancer patients and survivors to live passionate lives.  Taken by the mission and inspiring stories of FD program recipients, Soul Poles joined Team First Descents to give more cancer fighters and survivors the opportunity to enjoy free outdoor adventures.

Photo: First Descents

With a variety of week long programs including kayaking, climbing,...

posted by in reviews on Jun 09, 2014 .

Going into the ‘13-14 season we formed a relationship with Ethnotek Bags as a marketing partner for our North America West Soul Shop Tour. As a producer of active lifestyle bags, the connection with a bamboo ski pole manufacturer doesn’t intuitively fit; nevertheless, Ethnotek’s inspiring story and mission won our hearts over. So, whether you’re gearing up for an urban assault to the office or a day trip on the PCT, consider Ethnotek Bags up to the job, with enough style and global consciousness to meet the strictest standards of the conscious consumer.

With a full line-up of daypacks, roll top backpacks, messenger...

posted by in press, reviews on Nov 23, 2012 .

We are beyond excited to be featured in Outside Magazine's gift guide this month. For those of you that have the magazie it's on page 142 and they featured the Limited Edition hand-painted by contemporary artistR. Nelson Parrish.

posted by in press, reviews on Nov 19, 2012 .

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ALEX C. PASQUARIELLO

Poles are often an afterthought, but former U.S. Ski Team downhiller Bryon Friedman knows better. “Skiing is soulful,” he says, “and your poles should express that.” This season he launches Soul Poles, hand made from sustainable bamboo and mostly recycled materials (from $125). Acclaimed artist R. Nelson Parrish paints ski poles in the style of totem poles from his native Alaska. Schussers send him helmet cam footage, which he translates into an abstract work on three poles—the extra pole is for over the mantle ($1,000).