Why you should have your own roller ski poles
Swix recommends having special ski poles for roller skiing. Here’s everything you need to know about our roller ski poles.
Body text: Karl Filip Singdahlsen
You’ve probably done the same thing yourself; bought your own poles and turned cross-country ski poles into roller ski poles at the first sign of spring. And there's nothing wrong with using your cross-country ski poles all year round. So why do we make our own roller ski poles?
Why you should poles specifically for roller skiing
Roller ski poles are based on the same technology used in cross-country ski poles, but have some special features that ordinary cross-country ski poles don't have. Roller ski poles are designed to withstand more hits and impact. Also, roller ski poles soften every stroke you make on the asphalt. Roller ski poles are therefore gentler and take better care of your body.
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Soleng Skinstad is a SWIX ambassador and does a lot of roller skiing in the spring and summer. In recent months he has been testing our new roller ski poles Roadline 1.
“My initial impression is very good.” Roadline 1 is simply a good, solid roller ski pole. I’ve tested it over 200 km, doing both skating and classic. Stiffness and pendulum have been really impressive," says Skinstad.
It's a well-known fact that stiff, lightweight carbon poles are known to quickly break when skiing. Manhole covers, cracks in asphalt and uneven terrain put the poles to the test. Roadline is designed to cope with these conditions, so the poles can withstand more use, which ultimately extends their lifespan.
"You also get a sense that they are gentler on the body. This is particularly noticeable in the elbows and shoulders, which is much appreciated when you transition from snow to asphalt,” says Skinstad."
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Which roller ski pole should you choose?
SWIX currently sells three different variants of the Roadline range. But what is the difference between them all?
“What sets the models apart is essentially weight, stiffness and how robust the poles are,” says Svein Pedersen, category manager for poles in SWIX, before taking us through each model:
Roadline 3 – The robust choice
"Roadline 3 is a good roller ski pole for beginners or those who want poles that can withstand 'rough usage'. Here, there is an excess of fiberglass in the material, which makes the ski pole super robust, but also somewhat heavier than the other two models. Weight is 219 grams for 155-cm pole length. If you’re going to try roller skis for the first time and don't care much about weight and pendulum, then go for Roadline 3," says Pedersen.
Roadline 2 – The best choice for most people
“For the ordinary woman/man on the street who wants roller ski poles, I would recommend Roadline 2.” Here you get the best of both worlds. Roadline 2 is light, rigid and highly resistant. They are built with a mixture of carbon and fiberglass. In addition, Roadline 2 and 1 come with our TBS system, which makes it easy to replace studs. The weight is 199 grams for a 155-cm pole length," adds Pedersen.
Roadline 1 – Racing variant
"For the ultimate pendulum and lightest version, go for Roadline 1. This is also the pole with the highest stiffness. Roadline 1 is made from 100% carbon composite and is a super racing ski pole that has both a TBS basket system and handles for the Triac straps. The weight is 155 grams for a 155-cm pole length,” concludes Pedersen.
Wondering how long your poles should be? Use the same guide as for cross-country skis. Find the right size of roller ski poles here.
Looking for straps? Take a look at the selection here.