Our own roller ski poles: Is there really any point?

Do you really need dedicated roller ski poles? And which model should you choose? Here is everything you need to know about roller ski poles.

Text: Karl Filip Singdahlsen

You've probably done the same yourself; bought roller ski ferrule and used the cross-country poles as roller ski poles for the arrival of spring. And there is nothing wrong with using cross-country poles all year round. But why do we make our own roller ski poles?

This is why you should own roller ski poles

Roller ski poles are based on the same technology used in cross-country poles, but have some special features that ordinary cross-country poles do not have. Roller ski poles are designed to withstand the impacts and tough conditions that comes with roller skiing. In addition, roller ski poles soften every shove you make from the asphalt. Roller ski poles are therefore more gentle and prevents injury.

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Mårten Soleng Skinstad is a SWIX ambassador and uses roller ski as part of the training in the spring- and summer season. The last couple of months he has tested our roller ski poles Roadline 1.

- My impression of the poles is very good. Roadline 1 is simply a durable and good roller ski pole. I have tested it over 200 km, both skating and classic technique. The rigidity and pendulum have really impressed, says Skinstad.

It is known that light weight and rigid carbon poles can quickly break when skating on roller skies. Rough asphalt, cracks in the asphalt and uneven terrain put the poles to the test. The Roadline is designed to cope with these conditions, that makes the poles last longer.

- You also feel that they are gentler to our body. Especially the elbows and shoulders, which was very nice in the transition from snow to asphalt, says Skinstad.

Which roller ski poles should you choose?

SWIX today offers three different choices of The Roadline series. But in what do they differ?

What distinguishes the models is mainly weight, stiffness and how robust the poles are, says Svein Pedersen, category manager on poles in SWIX, before he takes us through each model:

Roadline 3 - Det robust choice

- Roadline 3 is a good roller ski pole for beginners, or those who want poles that can withstand impacts. Here, there is a predominance of fiberglass in the material, which makes the pole super-robust, but also somewhat heavier than the other two models. The weight is 219 grams for the 155 cm pole length. If you’re trying roller skiing for the first time and you don't care so much about weight and pendulum; then you choose Roadline 3, says Pedersen.


The Roadline 2 – The best choice for most people

- For the average woman / man in the street, who wants roller ski poles, I would recommend Roadline 2. Here you get the best of two worlds. Roadline 2 is light, rigid and can withstand a lot. It’s made of a mixture of carbon and fiberglass. In addition, Roadline 2 and 1 come with our TBS system, which makes it easy to change the basket. The weight is 199 grams for 155 cm pole length, continues Pedersen.

Roadline 1 – The racing choice

If you want the ultimate pendulum and the lightest variant, then you choose Roadline 1. In addition, this is the pole with the highest stiffness. Roadline 1 is made of 100% carbon composite and is a super racing pole for roller skiing that both have TBS ferrule system and TCS strap system. The weight is 155 grams for 155 cm pole length, Pedersen concludes.

Are you wondering which pole length you need? Use the same guide as you do for cross country. “Find the right size for your roller ski poles her