SO YOU WANT TO BUY A POLE?
When you are first buying a pole it can be a little confusing! So many options and not knowing which ones are best for you can be frustrating! I learned through trial and error, and after the years found my preferences, as you will too. The information below is to help you educate yourself before you buy.
I have been purchasing poles for my home and studio for the last 8 years and always recommend X-Pole first to students purchasing for their homes, as they are my personal favorite company. The design and quality is top shelf. However, if you are needing studio grade poles, the Platinum Stage studio poles have been my choice due to our specific studio needs.
TYPES OF POLES
Getting a secure safe pole to dance on can come in different packages. Over the years they have come up with more and more options. Depending on your space, height of ceilings, ability to permanently install in your home, price range, and main use, they have the following options.
FRICTION BASED POLES (also called Removable Poles)
Cons: Only can be set up if height of ceiling is high enough. (My X-Pole Stage Pole will never be able to be set up in my home unless I cut the pole. The stage and pole together go up to 10 feet. My ceilings are a little over 8 feet) Limited dance space around pole before the edge of stage ends. Limits some pole moves. More expensive.
STAND ALONE (Freestanding Portable Poles)
Similar to Stage Poles these are set up on a base that usually is only 1-2 inches high. They can be set up anywhere there is space for the base and ceiling is high enough. This is basically a stage pole that is on a very short stage.
Pros: Can set up almost anywhere without damaging floor or needing to attach to ceiling.
Cons: When pole is not set up, equipment can be a lot to store. No as mobile as removable poles. Limited pole height is around 9 feet.
POLE FINISHES AND METALS
The material the pole is made out of and how it is finished affects the grip of the pole. Size does too! When comparing different metals, a few things can help you figure out which one will be best for you or what your needing out of your pole. Questions to ask yourself….
• What is my main purpose and activities going to be on the pole? (fitness workouts , pole spins, inversions, etc)
• What climate and space will the pole be in? (will it be humid, right next to an AC vent, will I sweat a lot where it is at or will it be kept in a really cold room?)
• How much money do I want to spend? (Some metals are more expensive than others)
• Will I want to compete or have the ability to work comfortably on all poles regardless of metal and size? (Competitions favor a certain metal and some metals strengthen your hands and legs more than others which makes it easier or harder to switch to other metals)
• Do I care if the color of the pole clashes with the rooms décor? (sometimes people care about what the pole will look like and if it will match other metals or decorating in the room)
Below are the most common professional metals. These are polished metals except for the steel powder-coated option which has a grip more similar to Brass and Titanium Gold.
LEAST GRIP 1
Stainless steel has the least grip. It is considered “standard” in the industry. It is the most common and used pole used in competitions. Since it has the least grip, it is the hardest to hold on to. The hands and body will have to work harder and build more muscle to tp grip while performing moves which makes it more difficult then all the other metals. If you train on a Stainless Polished pole it will be easiest to work on any other metal. A person that has only worked on a Brass or Titanium Gold pole will find this pole very slippery and a little harder to grip than what they are use to.
So, basically if you want the best grip strengthening and challenging pole, Stainless Polish metal is the one you want.
LITTLE GRIP 1.5
Chrome is extremely similar to Stainless. It is slightly more porous than stainless and also becoming used in more competitions, but it will feel similar if not the same as stainless to most people.
MORE GRIP 3
Brass is more porous than Chrome, but slightly less porous than Titanium Gold. It is polished brass which means that it can and will tarnish if not kept clean or in the right climate. (In my studio in Austin TX, they all tarnish and get gunked up if they don’t get cleaned on a regular. Brasso has been used monthly to keep them shiny!)
MOST GRIP 4
This is considered to be the most porous of the polished metals and to my knowledge does not tarnish like the brass. It is a little darker gold in color than the brass. (I love titanium gold, but after time the finish wears off. Still has a good grip, but doesn't look gold where the wear is.)
*STEEL POWDER COATED
I have never used or been on a lil mynx pole. To my knowledge Lil Mynx are the only professional and reputable business that sells the powder-coated pole. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from other studio owners that do use them. I would love to get one to try out. The cool thing about the powder-coated poles are that they come in different colors! They also are the only ones out of the three companies that sell the Semi-Permanent Pole Option.
OTHER KINDS OF POLES-
(Clear, Glass, Carmen Electra, Spencer’s, etc.)
There are much cheaper options for pole purchasing. Most of the most known ones I hear people mention are the Carmen Electra Poles, or I have seen some off brands for around $100 at sex stores or Specer’s Gifts. I do not know personally how safe these are, but I will mention that when your body is placing its weight on a piece of equipment, safety must be number 1! I recommend purchasing from a reputable company that has a history of selling and specializing the equipment your buying.
I like to say, safety before sexy! Don't get on a pole unless you know it is properly installed and the brand. It is not worth it to risk having the pole malfunction and fall while you are executing a pole move.
If you found this information helpful and are starting your journey in Pole, check out some of our informational videos on our VAMPS YouTube Channel and let us know what kind of articles you want to see more of and what questions you have! xoxo
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