Henry, what you need are ice testing poles (e.g. Zandstra Ice Poles)
and a throw bag (e.g. Zandstra Safety Line). They're normally
available from Nordic Skater in Newbury, New Hampshire. Nordic Skater
just had their annual spring sale, and those items are currently sold
out, but I'm sure they'll restock in time for next fall/winter.
In the meantime, if you'd like to join one of my skating tours or ice
safety clinics and you don't have the necessary gear, contact me in
advance and I can bring you a set of loaners.
There's some confusion about what length poles to get for ice skating.
The confusion stems from the fact that the poles are dual-purpose:
both for propulsion (where longer is sometimes better) and for ice
testing (where shorter is always better). I do a lot of ice testing,
and I prefer an armpit-height pole so that when I raise the pole above
my shoulder I can deliver a solid jab straight down into the ice
(without spearing my foot). Here is my sizing guide:
6'5" or taller - 165cm
6'1" to 6'4" - 155cm
5'9" to 6'0" - 145cm
5'5" to 5'8" - 135cm
5'4" or shorter - the correct length is not commercially available,
but I can custom-cut a pair for you.
On Sun, Mar 26, 2023 at 9:30 AM Henry Higgs <hhi...@gmail.com
> Hi all,
> I've skated the rivers/lakes around the upper CT river valley for years, but have done so with only my nordic skates, ice pick things around my neck, and my XC ski poles. I want to skate with you guys next year, so I want to get set up with the basic safety equipment (I've been longingly reading the posts). Can somebody remind me what that is, and where I might get it?
> Thanks very much,
> Harry Higgs
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