The PoleClinometer slope meter is compatible with the vast majority of ski poles available today, but there are exceptions. Here’s what to look for…
Your pole must be straight and uniform with little or no taper in the upper section of the shaft.
Your pole’s cross-section must be circular in the upper shaft area.
Almost all ski poles are either 14mm, 16mm, or 18mm in upper shaft diameter, so that’s what a PoleClinometer kit fits out-of-the-box. If you find you have something odd that it won’t fit, just contact us; we have a fix in the works for tiny/huge/inbetween sizes, and can provide samples to get you sorted.
But really, unless you have something ridiculously skinny (eg. Goode “pencil shaft” models) or monstrously huge (eg. Black Crows Furtis), your poles are almost certainly a compatible diameter. If not, just tell us; we’ll get you sorted. Want an accurate measurement of your pole shaft diameter just to be sure? Try this trick.
Unobstructed Upper Shaft Space
Your pole must have sufficient unobstructed space in the upper shaft area to attach the PoleClinometer sticker.
The minimum unobstructed vertical space needed depends on your upper shaft diameter:
- 18mm diameter → 75mm minimum vertical space
- 16mm diameter → 69mm minimum vertical space
- 14mm diameter → 60mm minimum vertical space
Many backcountry poles these days have extra features in the upper shaft area (such as extended grips for for side-hilling) that can sometimes get in the way of a PoleClinometer mount. Make sure you have room for PoleClinometer per the above dimensions.
* Check the get-it-on page for some tips on getting the protective sleeve in place if you want to install above some non-removable obstacle on your pole shaft.