My very own pole — what the heck finish should I get?
In my last entry I talked about big picture options for home poles. So now let’s talk a little bit about finishes.
First let me reiterate–it’s super important that you practice on several different types of finishes if AT ALL possible. And if you can, try out different finishes on different types of days. Ideal poling conditions for most peoplel: slightly humid and warmish–not so humid that you get sweaty and slippery, just enough that your skin feels tacky. Cold and dry are the kisses of death for most dancers’ grips (which is why there are sooooo many grip aids on the market, and why most pole dancers have tried every. single. one.)
Don’t write off a particular finish as being too slippery until you’ve properly warmed up and prepared your body. The grippiest of poles will be slick if your skin is dry or cold. And be aware that poles that are nice and grippy in the wintertime can be TOO sticky when it starts to get warm. I know, I know… pole dancers are NEVER happy. I guess what I’m saying is, know how your finish will respond to different environmental conditions and find the one that crosses over the most, knowing that you’ll have to adjust either the environment or your grip aid accordingly during the months when environmental conditions aren’t a good fit for your finish.
So what exactly are the finishes?
- Stainless steel–pretty widely regarded as the least grippy straight out of the box. Fewer pole burns but tougher to grip in general.
- Chrome–next in grippyness (or slippyness, however you look at it). Can be a good compromise if stainless is too slippery and brass is too grippy.
- Titanium gold–next up. Designed to somewhat mimic the feel of brass at less cost, TG poles are grippier than chrome, not as grippy as brass.
- Brass–for a long time, this was pole grip royalty. Nothing beat a brass pole for stick-a-bility until powder coated poles came along. For me, brass often gets a little TOO grippy and makes certain transitions difficult or, at the very least, painful. It can rip my skin pretty badly if I’m not paying attention to what I’m doing, but I tend to have sticky skin (pole dancing blessing and curse, ha).
- Powder coated–the mother of all grips. Awesome for holds and poses but can be a major owie for drops or big changes in position. There are, however, a few new powder coated poles on the market that purport to be less painful while retaining the awesome powder coated stickyness. I haven’t tried any of them so I can’t say… but they’re out there!
Happy shopping … and happy poling to you!!