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 company realized the simple fact that if there’s “no snow,” there’s “no ski.” With an aim to curb global emissions and provide local job opportunities, Soul Poles was created.
Theirs was a story that seemed ripped from the Garage Grown Gear pages. It started with a “wouldn’t be cool if…” and grew from there.
Erik Schlopy and Bryon Friedman had this thought in their minds when they sought to create a company that manufactured green ski equipment. With a goal to inspire awareness of the causes and effects of climate change, they sought to motivate their community to develop ways in which materials can be developed and reused into something useful — just like their bamboo ski poles.
And it’s worth mentioning that not only are these poles sustainably made, but they are 25 percent stronger than most aluminum models, as well as far lighter in weight.