Swix Triac 2.0 Pole Review

Swix Triac 2.0 Pole Review

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

  • Scott

    For years, I’ve wanted a high end skate pole and finally purchased a pair this summer. Previously skied on decent carbon poles (Swix CT2 or equivalent). I already expected the Triac 2.0s to be better, but was blown away by how much of difference I noticed when rollerskiing. They’re remarkably more light and stiff – I am impressed and look forward to more use.

    • I absolutely agree, it’s hard to justify laying down this much money on poles. But when you get these out on the snow they just blow your mind. Definitely more than a marginal gain!

      • Frederick Hartray

        I have some of the original Triacs and they are nice. Not unbreakable as I found out when someone stepped on the basket and it sheered right at the top of the ferule. Because I could not find a carbon tube with which to fix it I started skiing with the carbon shafts I had found for 20 euros at a kayak show and have to say they are about as nice. Last night at dinner I found out from one of our skiers that Triacs sell for far less in Norway. I finally did find a carbon arrow shaft the right size and fixed the Triac but have not used it much as I got used to the removable straps on the poles I built up.

  • Vit

    Last years I used many high end models

    OW 10 Premio – 3 pairs
    Triac 2.0 – 2 pairs
    Rex R1
    Salomon SLab black – 2 pairs
    KV+ Tornado
    KV+ CH1

    And the fact is, that Triac 2.0 is neither stiffest nor the lightest pole. The only aspect where Triac 2.0 wins is pendulum – centre of weight is closest to handle.

    Stiffest is Salomon Slab, but is heavy avg 335g. OW Premio has the same level of stiffness as Triac 2.0 and is by 10 – 15 g lighter/pair than 2.0. Also important is that OW improved the resistance and from Premio model is very solid pole. And probably the Premio HD will have better pendulum and weight thanks to missing laquer on bottom part of the pole.

    Triac is very good complete pole and is better than Yoko, Exel, Ski*Go etc. But it’s not the best one and the pricing is extreme… For me the winner is SLAB because I can afford 3pairs of complete pairs of poles or 5 pairs of tubuses for the price of pair Triac 2.0… and is stiffest.

    • Hey vit, i agree with a lot of what you have to say. While the premios are technically a little lighter, to my arms the weight distribution is far better in the triacs and I have never been a fan of OW straps (probably made me enjoy the overall package a little less). I also agree that for performance to weight ratio you can’t beet the S-Labs especially if you can find them on sale. Wear ddi you think of the KV+ poles you tried? I have never skied with those.

      • Vit

        Hey Peter, kv+ Tornados are a level below triacs and premios. Weight 335 and remarkably less stiff. Also I was surprised that the weight of Tornado was very similar to its predecesor CH1. But also Triac1.0 has approx the same weight and stiffness as 2.0.

  • Frederick Hartray

    The pricing seems scary. I have been able to find some really nice shafts for 20 euros each so with grips and baskets one is under 60 euros. For 599 kids here generally buy two bikes.

    • It is pretty hard to swallow! Sometimes I wonder how much higher pole prices can reasonably go without significant consumer backlash.

  • Mark Elliott

    I bought a pair of almost new Triac poles second hand and the second day I had them I tapped by boots with the poles to get some snow off and the pole snapped. Whatever you do, do not tap your boot. Great poles but too expensive and fragile in my opinion.