The nordic ski pole market has always been a crowded one, but one Norwegian brand has consistently produced some of the very finest poles available, Swix. Currently the World Cup circuit is dominated by one ski pole: the Swix Triac 2.0. This is mostly due to the superior swing weight (or lack thereof) and incredible stiffness. In this post I will attempt to comprehensively review its Performance, Build Quality, Specifications, and Value.
The performance of the Swix Triac 2.0 poles is an easy topic to discuss. The conversation is simple, they are the best performing poles available on the market. Their swing weight is astonishingly slight. When you first pick up these poles there is this “whoa” moment; they are truly ultralight. Going from using these poles regularly to just about any other top of line carbon race pole is just plain and simple a step down. Now one may think that with the incredibly lightweight construction of these poles their stiffness may suffer. I can attest that this is not the case with the Triac 2.0s. I am not a huge person but I physically have a very hard time flexing the Triac 2.0s more than a miniscule amount. What all this results in is a ski pole which is so light and stiff that it truly feels as if you have an unfair advantage.
While many high end poles are not the strongest poles available, the Triac 2.0s are some of the toughest full carbon poles I have ever used. I have personally caught an edge on many a high speed descent and pretty much sat down on these poles mid fall, yet they haven’t shown a sign of giving out. Not only are the Triac 2.0s incredibly strong, the overall fit and finish of the poles is just a cut above the rest. From the cork grips to the brilliantly simple pole straps, the overall feel of these poles is premium. Last season I put months of daily use on these poles and they are no worse for wear. The cork is barely wearing, the straps are immaculate, and the baskets look almost new despite numerous rough and tumble mass starts. Overall the build quality of the Triac 2.0s is unrivaled.
The specifications of the Triac 2.0s are what you would expect from such a successful and well performing race pole. The grips are high quality cork and the straps are some of the very best and long lasting out there. For baskets the Triac 2.0s are exchangeable and compatible with all TBS (Triac Basket System) baskets and rollerski ferrules. There are many different models of baskets available for the Triac 2.0s from big soft snow ones to almost ferrule like ones for those icy days. Switching Baskets is quick and easy, you just have to unscrew the collar and slide off the basket, replace the basket with the appropriate replacement and re-screwdown the collar. The shafts of the Triac 2.0s are triangular in shape, hence the name. This supposedly aids in stiffness and strength. The Triac 2.0’s are available in sizes from 135cm -180cm.
Value is the only real category where I have something negative to say about the Swix Triac 2.0s. These poles are eye wateringly expensive, coming in at $599.99. These are the most expensive poles ever sold, beating out the former record holder (the Triac 1.0). The only thing to say about this prohibitive price tag is, these are poles which if taken care of will actually improve your ski experience for many years to come.
In conclusion there is not much else to say about the Swix Triac 2.0s. If you can stomach the astronomical price tag then these poles will redefine what you look for in nordic ski poles. They are some of the most durable, high performance, and successful ski poles of all time. It is clear why the Triac 2.0 is the first choice of a vast majority of world cup athletes. What poles do you use? Let me know in the comments down below!