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Product: Bamboo Ski Poles

Brand: Panda Poles

November 30, 2018

Bottom Line

Panda Poles might not be your cheapest option when it comes to your sticks but the peace of mind you gain from knowing they are as Earth friendly as ski poles get, makes every penny spent well worth it. FIVE STARS.

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Field Notes

  • The Grips: "Their grips are beyond any other grips I’ve tried over the years. They’re plush and grippy and they come in four length options for those backcountry enthusiasts..."
  • The Baskets: "The baskets are probably my favorite feature of the Panda pole. No other company seems to be doing this but their tee-pee style baskets really do result in less drag. Not only that but they are cut in a certain way that really provides excellent grip when you’re polling through the flats..."
  • The Bamboo Ski Wands: "Two choices. Either the RA bamboo which is grown in Vietnam or the Toasty bamboo which is grown in India. Both come with a two year warranty, not that you will need it."
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testing environment

Alta Ski Area and Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah


  • Indestructible
  • No drag baskets
  • Unique and cushy grips
  • Customization
  • Sustainably sourced and manufactured


  • A bit pricey, but you will have them forever
  • Slightly heavier, but indestructible