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Why are downhill ski poles bent?

I was cleaning out my garage when I found a pair of bent ski poles. I was going to throw them away when my dad told me they where downhill ski poles. Why are they bent ?

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like redesign said, they are tucked behind to reduce the chance of hooking or hitting a gate and I'm sure they are also tucked behind the skier for more aerodynamics ( as minimal as it may be)
Re-design4 years ago
So that they tuck behind the skier out of the wind and have less chance to catch on the gate as the go by it.
seandogue4 years ago
AFAIk, to fit the body and provide a more streamlined profile whilst racing down the slopes. In a word, they're more ergonomic.