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Why are downhill ski poles bent? Answered

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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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vermontskisport (author)2014-12-01

Aerodynamics is a big piece! When you're traveling at 130+ MPH, any air resistance will slow you down.

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cerberustugowar (author)2010-07-11

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)

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Re-design (author)2010-07-06

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.

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seandogue (author)2010-07-06

AFAIk, to fit the body and provide a more streamlined profile whilst racing down the slopes. In a word, they're more ergonomic.

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