I remember when I bought my first pole, I spent about 2 weeks researching before I finally decided to click on the buy it now button. I felt palpitations because of the excitement and also because the search for the perfect pole was finally over. It was now time to enjoy it. I ended up buying a stainless steel X-pole X-pert 40mm. I love it! In fact, although I have the studio, I still refuse to take it down so sometimes the pole becomes the topic during dinner conversations with my hubby trying to explain to me that I no longer need it and me convincing him, how important is for me to have it at home (even though I must confess I don’t use it much like he says but don’t tell him that, lol!)
What pole should I buy? This is one of the questions I get asked the most by my students. To be honest, everybody is different. Poles come in different sizes; from 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and 45mm, the latter are generally used in competitions. Now comes the conundrum of what material, the most common are brass, stainless steel and chrome. In my case, when it was time to buy the poles for the studio I followed my heart one more time and I ended up buying stainless steel material 40mm poles. I find 42 and 45 too bulky for my hands and 38 although very comfy, it would be harder to make the transition to a 45 for competitions so for me 40 it is a happy medium.
Regarding the material,in my opinion stainless steel is king. Why? Some people are allergic to chrome and I prefer it over brass, although some people might argue that stainless steel is a bit too slippery.
If you are just starting out, take your time. There is a lot of information out there and you can even approach manufacturers as they normally have a technical department which can also advise you. It is important that I point out that having a pole at home it is a great advantage as it can help you to advance but it is not for everyone, it is an investment, so make sure you that you have the drive to train by yourself before committing to buy it. If you need another person to train with you, invite some friends to come over or simply save yourself the money and instead attend practice sessions.
Regardless of what pole you end up buying just make sure to buy from a reputable supplier and be safe when installing it.