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When you are first buying a pole it can be a little confusing! So many options and not knowing which ones are best for you! I learned through trial and error, and after the years found my preferences, as you will too! The information below is to help you educate yourself before you buy. We stand behind our Golden Goddess Custom Brass Poles. The Platinum & Diamond Standard. Their beauty and longevity stand beyond the test of time. The quality may be higher for a beginner pole enthusiast and the maintenance may be too detailed for someone who just begins their Pole discovery journey however those particular who favor quality tend to pay upfront and with a Lifetime Guarantee on the pole the parts that may have to be replaced, if ever, are a minimal in comparison to the cost of its predecessors.
I have purchased my personal poles from both Platinum Stages and X-Pole over the years. I trust their poles for myself and my students who cannot afford a quality pole for their first time purchase and that is why I am an affiliate with both companies. However the demand is so big for home poles these companies often allot of replacement pieces for your convenience. These companies web-sites have a lot of the common questions answered and are very helpful if you need to call and speak to someone.
TYPES OF POLES
Getting a secure safe pole to dance on can come in different packages. Over the years they have come up with more and more options. Depending on your space, height of ceilings, ability to permanently install in your home, price range, and main use, they have the following options.
FRICTION BASED POLES (also called Removable Poles)
These can be quickly and easily put up and taken down. You can get them for different ceiling heights, but all have maximum height before you will need to bolt or have installed permanently. This maximum height is usually 12-13 feet.
Pros: More easily put up and broken down than other poles. Spinning and Stationary options available. Minimal space taken up.
Cons: Only goes up to certain ceiling heights. Although advertised not to ruin ceilings or floors, I have personally had marks left as well as paint peeled off of ceilings I have had it on. You also need to have a stud available in the ceiling where you want the pole placed in order to set up.
Stage poles usually have more equipment that make up the stage portion of the pole set up. Since there is a stage that is 1-2 feet up off the ground the space you set the pole up in might need to have higher or vaulted ceilings.
The stage is above the actual floor, so the stage space around the pole will be the only area you have to dance off of. Floor moves become limited to space and you have the hazard of possibly falling off the stage!
Pros: Nothing is attached, very portable. Great for performance shows in clubs, studios, or larger spaces where you need to be lifted up a little to be seen.
Cons: Only can be set up if height of ceiling is high enough. (My X-Pole Stage Pole will never be able to be set up in my home unless I cut the pole. The stage and pole together go up to 10 feet. My ceilings are a little over 8 feet) Limited dance space around pole before the edge of stage ends. Limits some pole moves. More expensive.
Pros: Can set up almost anywhere without damaging floor or needing to attach to ceiling.
Cons: When pole is not set up, equipment can be a lot to store. No as mobile as removable poles. Limited pole height is around 9 feet.
Pros: Holds more weight. Works in extremely high ceilings which leaves more pole to work on.
Cons: Can’t be easily taken down and will leave marks when removed on floor and ceiling.
Pros: Convenient when setting up since you have a spot already set for the pole. When installed properly can be more stable and secure than removable poles. Easily can be taken down and set up.
Cons: One attachment or both is permanently bolted or attached. Limited on Ceiling Height.
• What is my main purpose and activities going to be on the pole? (fitness workouts , pole spins, inversions, etc)
• What climate and space will the pole be in? (will it be humid, right next to an AC vent, will I sweat a lot where it is at or will it be kept in a really cold room?)
• How much money do I want to spend? (Some metals are more expensive than others)
• Will I want to compete or have the ability to work comfortably on all poles regardless of metal and size? (Competitions favor a certain metal and some metals strengthen your hands and legs more than others which makes it easier or harder to switch to other metals)
• Do I care if the color of the pole clashes with the rooms décor? (sometimes people care about what the pole will look like and if it will match other metals or decorating in the room)Below are the most common professional metals. These are polished metals except for the steel powder-coated option which has a grip more similar to Brass and Titanium Gold.
Stainless steel has the least grip. It is considered “standard” in the industry. It is the most common and used pole used in competitions. Since it has the least grip, it is the hardest to hold on to. The hands and body will have to work harder and build more muscle to to grip while performing moves which makes it more difficult then all the other metals. If you train on a Stainless Polished pole it will be easiest to work on any other metal. A person that has only worked on a Brass or Titanium Gold pole will find this pole very slippery and a little harder to grip than what they are use to.
So, basically if you want the best grip strengthening and challenging pole, Stainless Polish metal is the one you want.
Chrome is extremely similar to Stainless. It is slightly more porous than stainless and also becoming used in more competitions, but it will feel similar if not the same as stainless to most people.*STEEL POWDER COATED
I have never used or been on a lil mynx pole. To my knowledge Lil Mynx are the only professional and reputable business that sells the powder-coated pole. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from other studio owners that do use them. I would love to get one to try out. The cool thing about the powder-coated poles are that they come in different colors! They also are the only ones out of the three companies that sell the Semi-Permanent Pole Option
MORE GRIP 3
This is considered to be the most porous of the polished metals and to my knowledge does not tarnish like the brass. It is a little darker gold in color than the brass. (I love titanium gold, but after time the finish wears off. Still has a good grip, but doesn’t look gold where the wear is.) Go for quality and durability with brass. Titanium Gold is polished brass which means that it can and will tarnish if not kept clean or in the right climate. However polished brass will eventually chip off the chrome pole under layer.
Brass is more porous than Chrome, but slightly less porous than Titanium Gold. It is polished brass which means that it can and will tarnish if not kept clean or in the right climate. (They all tarnish and get gunked up if they don’t get cleaned on a regular. Brasso has been used weekly to keep them shiney!) They’re other brass cleaners however they are oil based and we know that’s a detriment to the pole
(Clear, Glass, Carmen Elektra, Spencer’s, etc.)
There are much cheaper options for pole purchasing. Most of the most known ones I hear people mention are the Carmen Elektra Poles, or I have seen some off brands for around $100 at sex stores or Spencer’s Gifts. I do not know personally how safe these are, but I will mention that when your body is placing its weight on a piece of equipment, safety must be number 1! I recommend purchasing from a reputable company that has a history of selling and specializing the equipment your buying. I have seen all the poles that Platinum Stages, X-Poles, and Lil Mynx makes be improved upon and changed. They care about selling a quality product and are the first three companies you hear when you are in the industry and look for equipment! If you have any knowledge of any other brands, I am more than interested to hear about them, however, unless I or another respected Pole Studio Owner I know has used and research them, I will not stand behind or recommend the company. My Sensual Secrets has the same poles if you want to check them out.
Excerpt from: http://www.vampsdance.com