Individual Review Grass Sticks: Cool, Retro, and Highly Functional

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I have crashed at least 3 times this year (including today), where the first thought that went through my head was, "oh no I snapped a pole!" And in every case my Grass Sticks have been totally in tact. Today my poles were far more durable than my shoulder. :(
not again?????? hope ur OK
 

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Does that mean they would support something like a tip roll or pole flip? Not that I would be trying anything like that at my age.:eek:
 

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I have crashed at least 3 times this year (including today), where the first thought that went through my head was, "oh no I snapped a pole!" And in every case my Grass Sticks have been totally in tact. Today my poles were far more durable than my shoulder. :(
Nooooooooo!!!!!!!
 

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Come on, tell us what happened. Enquiring minds want to know.
 

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Separated my shoulder and sprained my wrist. I'll be skiing tomorrow for sure.
Ouch. I separated my shoulder about 17 years ago while rollerblading. It was probably the most painful injury I've ever sustained and it hurt for months.
 

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I don't mind them visually, but I worry that it will cause damage, like water seeping in? Not an issue?
Bamboo or cane as it is called in some circles, is amazingly resistant to water. Amongst my fly rod collection is a cane rod that has seen more water than a set of ski poleswill likely ever see. I did strip it down completely once, revarnish and rebuild it just because I hated the grip and reel seat. I now have $50 worth of hardware on a $15(1930 pricing) cane rod, :huh:
 

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Ouch. I separated my shoulder about 17 years ago while rollerblading. It was probably the most painful injury I've ever sustained and it hurt for months.
This has been a somewhat persistent thing for me the last 5 years. This first time was a 1st degree separation. I didn't even realize it happened until the end of the day when I went to lift my skis up onto my shoulder. After a week or so I forgot all about it. The second time it happened was about 5 weeks after I broke my clavicle on the same side. When I went down, I thought I rebroke my collarbone, but it turned out to be a 2nd degree separation. It hurt but I was skiing after 2 days. This most recent crash pretty much aggravated it again. I'm definitely going to take it easy but I don't really see the need to stop skiing.
 

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Just bumping this up with a warranty report. I purchased my Grass Sticks in December 2015. I've had 2 repair experiences with Grass Sticks and both have been awesome.

The first time the entire tip and basket assembly just came off. Nothing fun, just popped off. I was able to recover the assembly and contacted the company. As it happened I was going to be in Steamboat the next weekend so they just came to the condo when I was out and about, repaired them at the truck, left them by the door and sent me a note not to use them for 24 hours. No issues with that since.

A couple weekends ago I noticed that my straps were coming unraveled. They used to use hemp for their straps which was great in theory but they've since gone to a polyester as they didn't hold up well. I sent an email to the company on Saturday, had a response on Monday and new straps were in the mailbox last night with instructions on how to replace them. The email even inquired to find out if the baskets were holding up okay as they've beefed those up as well. Technically they are out of the 2 year warranty but there was no hesitation about just getting me new straps for free.

Great product, great company. If I lose these poles for any reason I'll be buying another pair without a second thought.
 

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I'm one of those guys who loves recycling stuff. I found an old set of bamboo poles at a yard sale this summer and decided I wanted to ski them this year. I cut the rubber that they used as handles off and took a pair of semi modern grips from some broken rental poles we had by our patrol shack and attached them. I wanted to put modern baskets on but the diameter of the pole at the basket end was to big. I'm kind of glad I still have the old rubber baskets though since they are definitely conversation starters on the lift. I've skied them everyday I've been on the mountain this year and their holding up great.
 

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I bought some GrassSticks before Christmas and have been skiing with them since the New Year, and would recommend them as well! My DH really likes the flexibility of them. They kinda of spring back. Ours are also getting some scratches, so its good to know that water penetration isn't going to be an issue at all.
 
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I bought some GrassSticks before Christmas and have been skiing with them since the New Year, and would recommend them as well! My DH really likes the flexibility of them. They kinda of spring back. Ours are also getting some scratches, so its good to know that water penetration isn't going to be an issue at all.
Scars are cool! :ogcool:

No worries on the H20.
 

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Yeah, I'm not gentle on them as far as scratches etc. No issues. And they were used a couple of times to boost myself out of unconsolidated powder this past December so still very strong.
 
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