Best Budget Pole
Salomon Arctic

If we admired the Detect S above for its simplicity and elegant execution, the Salomon Arctic is the same concept taken to its logical extreme. A simple, aluminum pole, the Arctic is great for those who want a set of backup poles or need a solid budget option this season.

Despite a sizable 18mm diameter and above-average weight, they’re nothing to write home about in terms of durability. They’re also pretty sparse on features and their strap adjustment system (a cheap sliding buckle) is prone to slipping, leaving something to be desired. Shortcomings notwithstanding, you won’t find much better under the $50 dollar mark.

Ski poles are conceptually pretty simple, and this is a great example of a product that gives you everything you need and nothing more. That being said, they’re available in a few striking colors if you want to spice things up. It should also be noted that the Arctics, sized down, may also make a pretty good pair of park poles.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

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    Affordable and practical
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    Reasonable durability, given the price

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe only thing that stands out about them is the price
  • check-markPoorly made strap adjustment system

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Salomon Arctic

Specs & Features

  • 18mm fixed aluminum shaft
  • All-mountain Tip
  • Standard straps
  • All-mountain baskets

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.3

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Affordable and practical
  • check-mark
    Reasonable durability, given the price

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThe only thing that stands out about them is the price
  • check-markPoorly made strap adjustment system

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