The different sizes, finishes and setups can be daunting at first when trying to shop for a pole at home. Never fear, Fairy Pole Mother can help you out with this extensive guide on the different options! And don’t forget, you can always contact us if you have any questions.
Static? Spin? Both?
A static pole does just that, it remains static. A spin pole will spin freely and a spin/static combination can be changed between to do both.
Pole Width / Diameter
40mm – Perfect for those who are petite, with smaller hands, or advanced users.
45mm – The current industry standard and used at competitions and a majority of studios around the world.
50mm – Ideally suited for those with larger hands.
Chrome – The most common finish on a pole, is good in all weathers however does wear over time and usage. Is great as a standard pole. The Chrome poles are cheaper than Stainless Steel but can be slightly less grippy.
Stainless Steel – Great for those who suffer from metal allergies, however is very weather dependent. Stainless Steel is perfect for users who struggle or have allergies with materials such as chrome. The stainless steel pole comes polished, making it great for spins and when performing inverted tricks. This material is at its optimal state in humid conditions. It is used in studios a lot more than in homes as the material is more durable than chrome. There is no risk of the pole being liable to rust.
Titanium Gold – Is electronically coated for an enhanced grip. This is done on top of the Chrome to attain this finish. The Gold will wear over time, even though this does not affect the grip, the colour of the pole may vary over time.
Brass – An alloy of zinc and copper – the most superior metal finish on the pole when it comes to grip, brass is a great all round pole as it is very sticky. The Brass pole works well in hot weather, does not rust and is great for those with metal allergies. It is used widely in hot countries, however is a soft material so can damage more easily than chrome or stainless poles. [Please note: there is no such thing as pure brass – if you have seen such statements on other pole manufacturer’s websites, then please note that Brass is an alloy and ‘pure brass’ would not be solid enough to support an athlete]
Powder Coated Poles – This finish is VERY sticky and is only recommended for those who struggle for grip on our traditional metal poles.
Silicone – Used on Chinese pole. You can pole with your clothes on, so it is a great choice for cold countries; kids and men’s classes; and of course great for doing Chinese pole moves. This is great for beginners who want to build up their strength but do not want to take their clothing off.
Each finish is very weather dependant, for instance if the climate is very humid and wet (for example by the beach) then the chrome is more likely to rust, however the brass would be slippery so the stainless would be the best. Both chrome and Titanium Gold will rush and pit over time if the environment is damp. If you live in a hot area then brass is best for you as brass becomes stickier when warm. If in a normal environment chrome is great.
Stage poles are completely portable, not reliant on attachment to ceiling. The stage is usually approximately 1.5 metres diameter and requires reasonably level ground to setup. The pole then secures onto the stage. Keep in mind the height clearance needed. Stage poles aren’t usually adjustable for height so are suited to higher ceilings (approx 3 metres or higher) or outdoors.
Pressure mounted poles come with a base, a few pieces to put the pole together in various heights to suit ceiling heights of 2235mm – 2745mm, and a top piece designed to be pressure fixed in place. When you put the pole together, the final step is to expand the pole between the floor and ceiling to create that pressure that holds it in place.
Bolt in poles come with a base, a few pieces to put the pole together in various heights to suit ceiling heights of 2235mm – 2745mm, and a top piece designed to be bolted in to the ceiling for extra security. These are more suited for commercial/studio use.