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Why are downhill ski poles bent? Answered

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

4 years ago

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

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cerberustugowar

8 years ago

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

8 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.

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seandogue

8 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.