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Volkl Phantastick

Those looking for a solid starting point to build their kits, but don’t want to settle for the cheapest option like the Salomon Arctic above should look to Volkl’s Phantastick. With a similar 18mm aluminum shaft, the Phantastick steps things up in terms of durability and value (not unlike the best Volkl skis).

Continuing the comparison, the Phastastick gives skiers a little bit more traction with both their soft rubber textured grip and steel crown tips. They may be an extra $20 compared to the most affordable alternative, but for the majority of skiers, the hike in price will be well worth it.

The Phantastick delivers value in more ways than one. It’s among the only poles on this end of the price spectrum that includes interchangeable powder baskets with the base package. Additionally, it’s available in some striking color combinations to add some personality to a pretty mundane part of your ski setup.

Our Overall Review

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

4.9

Things we like:

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    Not the cheapest ski pole, but probably the best in terms of value
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    Stout construction with some nice amenities like textured grips
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    Comes in some fun color combinations for on-hill pizzaz

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHeavier than a lot of the competition
  • check-markThough it has some features, it’s still a pretty spartan approach to a ski pole

Where to buy:

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Volkl Phantastick

Specs & Features

  • 18mm fixed aluminum shaft
  • Steel all-mountain tip
  • Textured soft rubber grip and standard adjustable strap
  • Included powder and race baskets

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Our Overall Review

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

4.9

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    Not the cheapest ski pole, but probably the best in terms of value
  • check-mark
    Stout construction with some nice amenities like textured grips
  • check-mark
    Comes in some fun color combinations for on-hill pizzaz

Things we don't like:

  • check-markHeavier than a lot of the competition
  • check-markThough it has some features, it’s still a pretty spartan approach to a ski pole

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