Swix RC140 Skate Poles (170 cm)
Got schooled by the kind and knowledgeable folks at Marmot Mountain on the ins and outs of skate poles. Considering my budget, the mid-grade Swix poles seemed to strike the right balance. These are the ones with the blue hatching. Definitely found the middle ground in stiffness in the Swix line, but seemingly stiffer than the full-carbon Yoko pole of the same size.
Poles weighed in at 261.6 and 263.3 g, so 262.5 ± 1.5 grams (with usual caveats about measuring errorbars off two points). Couldn’t find a Swix spec for the poles’ mass.
Grips are comfy, ‘Large’ straps are a little small (I wear an XL in OR gloves), but work fine. I’m new to skating, but these poles felt as though they were the stiffest I’ve used. Other poles I’ve used are rentals or the entry-level Swix models.