Pole - Finder: Free Standing Poles
Then it is time to choose the colour/finishing and the diameter on the product page. Here are some tips.
Our poles come in many different finishes.
Chrome – The most common finish on a pole, it is good in all weathers. However it does wear over time due to usage. Works great as a standard pole. Chrome poles are more cost-effective than Stainless Steel.
Stainless Steel – Great for those who suffer from metal allergies, however is very weather dependent. Stainless Steel is perfect for users who struggle or have allergies with materials such as chrome. The stainless steel pole comes polished, making it great for spins and when performing inverted tricks. This material is at its optimal state in humid conditions and is very popular in the USA. It is used in studios a lot more than in homes as the material is more durable and hard-wearing than chrome. There is no risk of rust.
Titanium Gold – Is electronically coated for an enhanced grip. This is done on top of the Chrome to attain this finish. The Gold will wear over time, even though this does not affect the grip, the colour of the pole may vary over time.
Brass – An alloy of zinc and copper - the most superior metal finish on the pole when it comes to grip, brass is a great all round pole as it is very sticky. The Brass pole works well in hot weather, does not rust and is great for those with metal allergies. It is used widely in hot countries. It is however is a soft metal so can be scratched and dented more easily than chrome or stainless poles. [Note: there is no such thing as pure brass - if you have seen such statements on other pole manufacturer's websites, then understand that Brass is an alloy and 'pure brass' would not be solid enough to support an athlete.]
Powder-coated Poles - Powder-coated poles are very sticky and is only recommended for those who struggle for grip on our traditional metal poles. If you have experienced problems such as slipping when trying to execute moves or climbing the pole, try powder-coated poles for improved grip compared to a Chrome/Brass/Stainless. The surface finish is very grippy and has a very smooth texture (not rippled) which many users love. Also, powder-coated poles provide more colour selection, such as black, white and pink.
Silicone – Used on Chinese pole. You can pole with long sleeves and long pants on, so it is a great choice for cold countries, kids and men’s classes; and various other pole acrobatics. This is great for beginners who want to build up their strength and professionals who need to perform in long sleeves and long trousers as costumes. The silicone material is a Hi-Grade material used in medical industries. The silicone is permanently fixed to the pole and is not removable.
Location and environment are key factors
Each finish is very weather dependant, for instance if the climate is very humid and wet (for example by the beach) then the chrome is likely to rust, the brass would be slippery, so stainless steel would be the best. If you live in a hot country then brass is best for you as brass becomes grippy when warm. If in a normal environment (EU, UK) chrome is great. Again, it depends on the location and room ventilation and other conditions, for example, your studio may be in the EU, but the inside environment may be hot and humid.
Each pole is very personal as well! It all depends on how your body reacts to working out and how the skin reacts to different metals.
40mm poles are advantageous if you have small hands so you can have better grip on the pole.
45mm poles are the industry/competition standard. This is the bestselling pole size.
50mm poles have a larger surface area and provide more grip with all body parts. That means some poses that require grip from the elbow or the knees can be held longer. It is also easier to change from a thicker pole to a thinner pole, as your grip strength is enhanced the more you practice on a thicker pole. This was the original pole size that was introduced to the industry when it all first started.
Our Free-standing Pole selection
X-Stage The higher stage (32cm) allows you to still be seen performing with the audience on the same ground level.
X-Stage Lite The lower stage (11cm) decreases the step down from the stage of the pole, increases the useable length of the pole be about 20cm and is about 10kg (12%) lighter.
X-Stage Lite with Silicone Pole X-Stage Lite with Silicone Pole.
Lupit Pole Stage Quality stage pole by Lupit Pole. Made in the EU.
GymPole Stage High quality stage pole including robust carry bags. Compatible with Gympole Active Pro. Made in the EU.