Swix Carbon TBS Premium Composite Poles

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Nordic poles are way more important than your alpine ones are. Prepare for sticker shock, but upgrade if you can. They need to be light and stiff, vibration damping, and the correct size. Of the poles we tested, the TBSs hit the sweet spot: plenty light, stiff enough for performance skiing, and not outrageously expensive.

Brand: Swix $160
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