G3 has completely overhauled their line-up of ski poles this season and jam packed them full of great design, solid materials and innovative features. These are the best backcountry, splitboard and resort ski poles bar none. Bravo G3 for continuing to produce amazing products.
The Backcountry Skiing Canada Team.
For the 2020 ski season, G3 has totally redesigned their ski pole collection which includes the VIA Carbon, PIVOT Poles and FIXIE Poles. Each of these new poles serves a specific purpose but they also overlap in their intended use so you may find that a single-pole can do exactly what you want and so much more. The VIA Poles come in both a carbon and aluminum option and are adjustable so they are ideally suited for backcountry skiers, however, resort skiers will appreciate them also. The PIVOT Poles are collapsable and ideal for backcountry split boarders, but again backcountry and resort skiers can also use this version. The G3 FIXIE Poles are a high performing, low-cost aluminum pole ideal for resort skiing but can also work for backcountry travel. Read the full review below for a detailed overview of each of these three new poles and find out why we think G3 makes the best poles on the market.
G3’s new pole options shown below are the PIVOT Pole, FIXIE Pole and VIA Carbon Pole.
Each of G3’s new poles were designed with a specific function in mind but they all still have design elements in common. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the VIA, PIVOT and FIXIE poles to see which one is best suited for your needs.
Price: $155CAN /
Sizes: Short - 90-125cm; Long - 115-145cm
Weight: 219g / 7.7oz - 259g / 9.1oz
The VIA Carbon Pole is G3’s premium ski pole for those who want adjustability in a lightweight package. Ideally suited for backcountry skiing, the VIA Carbon has a comfortable ergonomic foam grip that wraps around the handle and incorporates an extended utility tab for switching the risers on AT bindings and adjusting boot buckles. The pole’s wrist straps are minimal in size/weight and easily removed by depressing the built-in fast clip in case you want to lighten the pole up even more. Below the handle, you’ll find an extended sidehill grip running down the full length of the upper shaft. About four inches under the main grip you’ll find a protruding grip point which provides a sturdy place to firmly grip when side-hilling or poling in really deep snow. The VIA’s asymmetrically designed Powder Baskets help reduce drag in deep snow yet still easily hook binding heel lifts for adjustment up and down. The VIA pole also comes in an aluminum option which will save you money but also be a little heavier than the carbon option. Both VIA poles come with extra trekking baskets for spring and summer hiking use.
I was fortunate enough to get a pre-production pair of VIA Carbon poles from G3 at the start of last season which allowed me to ski tour with them for an entire season already. The PIVOT and FIXIE poles arrived this fall and I’ve had enough time with them to know that they follow the same innovative design sense as the VIA poles. All three models are strong, durable and super comfortable to use. The grips provide an ergonomic hold which feels solid and comfortable in your hand. The long utility tab protrudes out from the grip providing most of this comfort but also provides a super-effective way to adjust heal risers and unclip boot buckles, something most other poles do poorly. The ability to remove the straps easily without any tools is also a huge plus—watch this video to see why all pole straps should be removed:
The VIA poles have a generous lower grip running down the length of the upper shaft with two built-in grip points with one being the adjustment lock itself. This is ideal for side-hilling and a must-have on any backcountry pole. The FIXIE and PIVOT also have lower grips but they are about half the size of the one found on the VIA poles. While these also work well, a longer secondary grip is always preferred for ski touring.
While the FIXIE poles are not adjustable both the VIA and PIVOT are and the locking mechanism found on both is easy to use with gloves and offers a solid lock so you can be sure that the poles won’t slip no matter how much pressure you place on them.
The FIXIE poles are G3’s only non-adjustable poles but they still incorporate the lower grip, well-designed power basket, removable wrist strap and comfortable grip with built-in utility tab. All this for $74 Canadian / $59 US! This is the not only the best-designed resort-slash-slackcountry pole on the market but it’s also the best value for any ski pole.
The PIVOT pole’s most appreciated feature has to be the way that they store away in a nested configuration without any pole segments flapping around—this is pure genius and something most other poles don’t do very well. Bravo G3 for coming up with a simple solution to this annoying problem.
Beyond their functionality and innovative design, all three poles offer up clean lines and an appealing overall appearance that is not only functional but surprisingly durable. Not only does G3 make the best poles on the market bar none—but they are a great value as well. If you need a resort, split board or backcountry ski poles then look no further than G3’s new lineup, these poles are as good as it gets.
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