A lot has change in the past 12 month regarding pole sizes especially in classic technique. This blog is all about making things easier to understand and helping you to find the right size pole in Classic, Skate & Roller ski. Note this measurements are for competition only, but if you plan to participate in intl. races like the Kangaroo Hoppet or Vasaloppet these rule may apply.
International Rules (343.8.1)
In classical technique competitions, the maximum pole length must not exceed 83% of the competitor’s body height
The body height is measured with ski boots on from a flat surface, to the top of the uncovered head. The pole length is measured from the bottom of the pole to the highest attachment of the strap. All measurements will be rounded to the nearest centimeter as follows: less than 0.5 cm will be rounded down and 0.5 cm and above will be rounded up.
In free technique competitions, the maximum pole length must not exceed 100% of the competitor’s height. Measured as per classic poles.
However most skiers use the height x 0.9 formula + 1-3cm
We use a more general approach in Skate pole measurement recommending 18-20 cm minus the skiers height. ( 180 cm - 20 cm = 160 cm pole/ approx. 158 cm to top of handle )
Roller ski competitions Due to the fact that athletes on roller skis are standing higher than on their skis, the maximum pole length must not exceed 83% of the competitor’s body height + 5 cm (max = (h+5)*0,83).
Same 100% rule applies for freestyle/skating technique.
We also get asked many times if the measurement for XC is different to roller ski, Roller skis are generally higher off the ground than skis, but on the other hand, your tip sinks into the snow and the roller ski ferrules don’t dig into the pavement.
Also to consider is that roller ski tips might increase the height slightly when changing from XC tips to roller ski tips.
Official 83% Chart
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