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Stuff We Like: Level's Freeride ski pole

Stuff We Like: Level's Freeride ski pole
Freeride ski pole
Strong Silent Type

Snapping a ski pole during an epic day is downright frustrating—and, inevitably, a huge waste of time. Level’s new Freeride ski pole ($80) aims to keep you on the hill and out of the shop. The pole’s cloverleaf shaft design increases tensile strength while also maintaining the pole’s light swing-weight. In addition, the Freeride takes a new tack on adjustable ski poles: The soft plastic grip has two height positions, which comes in handy in the backcountry. levelusa.net

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A pole is a pole, right? True enough, until you’ve found one you love.

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Poles are good for balance and getting to far-off places. Check out the latest and greatest poles for 2007-08.

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Last winter 634,000 Americans bought new ski poles, leaving at least as many of us to get along with battered and nicked shafts, missing or dull points, and frayed straps.

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Want to escape resort crowds but not quite ready to test your ski skills-or endurance-in the mighty backcountry? A less intimidating alternative is snowshoeing.

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Goode has made a name for itself in the ski business, but not in a conventional way. For example, the company's owner, Dave Goode, has become famous for his water skis, which are responsible for both the men's and women's world records in slalom; in fa

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