WHAT: Lightweight carbon-fiber ski poles
WHY: Poles should help you maneuver, not weigh you down
These carbon-fiber, fiery red poles weigh just 18.3 ounces per pair—30 percent lighter yet six times stronger than aluminum alloys. The Goode Fire Pure Carbon Super-Lites ($150) feature an ergonomic grip and come with two basket styles—T-baskets for racing and powder baskets for, well, powder. Swap them out as needed. While they might be light in weight, they are full of shock absorption, thanks to the carbon fiber. All Goode poles are designed with “pencil” instead of tapered shafts, for better balance and less impact on elbows, wrists, hands, and shoulders. Palm Plus straps with an Inter-Loc system keep the poles where you need them, but the strap releases from the pole upon high impact—say, if it catches on a tree branch in a glade. Founded by the skier David Goode in 1975, the company introduced the first carbon-fiber ski pole in 1990. All of the research, development, and production is done at Goode’s Ogden, Utah, headquarters.