Which poles can I actually climb and spin in the air on? I am afraid I will get one that won't hold enough weight for someone to be able to spin in the air on it. Thank you!
Susan from PDFF says:
Great question! Many people aren't aware that there are different types and qualities of dance poles. Some are meant for weight bearing and airborne tricks while others are really just props meant for walking around and posing against.
In my experience, there are 3 companies that make high quality poles intended for the type of moves you describe: Lil Mynx, XPole and Platinum Stages (though I'm not too crazy about Platinum Stages for other reasons).
As with any new fad or trend, cheap knock offs of these brands were bound to come along. Be very careful if you're not buying from the official websites, as these imitations are more apt to appear on auction sites and in online classifieds.
There are also a couple of poles that I wouldn't recommend for tricks. These include the Peekaboo brand and the Electra-Pole (named for Carmen Electra) as well as lesser known brands such as Mi-Pole.
The Peekaboo and Electra models are well-known for being inexpensive, and in this case you do get what you pay for. Be careful, as they are not intended to support body weight.
The Mi-Pole, along with a few other fairly obscure brands, have not replied to my inquiries seeking more information on their product, so I can't confidently recommend them.
I've written up some fairly detailed reviews on the three brands I mentioned above. You may find it helpful to read these before you make a decision.
Whichever model you decide on, I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience...have fun!
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