xpole silicone pole

 
Wcox
Just wondering if anyone has tried the silicone xpole? I would love to hear some feedback before I decide if I should purchase or not?
Nov 28, 2014
Saeth
I haven't personally used one but my instructor said they are great for those who are held back by fear of slipping, for those trying new and tricky moves for the first time, those who have low poling confidence or those who turn up to class with fully covered legs :P She said something about spins, I think it was negative but I'm not entirely sure, sorry.
Nov 28, 2014
Veena
I have yet to try the Silicone pole but I do know you can't do static spins on silicone. However the xpole silicone pole has spinny mode so you can still use that! It would be a great way to pole with closes on. We just added our new shopping cart to the site so check it out! [www.studioveena.com]
Nov 28, 2014
Wcox
Thanks! Anyone had any experience with a sleeve that would go over your current pole? I'm torn on if I should just get a sleeve or get the silicone xpole. I heard the sleeves are hard to get on/off with pressure mount xpole.
Nov 28, 2014
Veena
This is what pops up when you do a search for Pole Sleeves here. I would say for the price go for the silicone pole. [www.studioveena.com]
Nov 28, 2014
Krissykiki Paid Member
I did a review on Pole Armour which is a grip sleeve. I like it as a training option but I wouldn't want it on my pole all the time. If you are interested my review is here [www.kikispoleblog.com]
Nov 28, 2014
Rose2011
I have a question. Someone mentioned that if you get even a drop of water on the silicone it becomes very slippery. How would it do in a high humid area and sweating?.
Nov 29, 2014
Rose2011
I thought of another question. How does the silicone do in the sun. I want to set a stage pole up outside and I live in Alabama were it gets quiet hot/sunny?
Nov 29, 2014
PoleNika
Silicone will definitely get slippery when wet...kind of defeating the purpose. Pole sleeves have been tested and proven in high humidity situations and even in water shows...check out their Facebook page for pics. There are tons of great reviews for pole sleeves on studio veena. Even if is difficult to take on and off (I don't think it is, but that's my personal experience), you CAN'T take the silicone off and once it wears down the pole will be useless. POLESLEEVES is having a great sale right now making the sleeves only $175! And they are a much superior product to the rip off that is pole armour (there is a thread on here comparing one to the other...armour fell down to a bunched up mess a few minutes into a performance)
Nov 30, 2014
Rose2011
Polenika. Thank you. :)
Dec 2, 2014
Princess Buttercup
I have a black silicone pole for my x-stage lite. Veena is right, you cant do static spins on it. It is best for learning new holds. I had been trying for Ayesha for a while and got on a silicone pole and just did it no problem. I use it for photo shoots too, since you need to hold a pose for a long time. I wouldn't get it unless you already have an x-stage or something you can change out. I have a chrome for my x-stage as well which is more practical for all around use. I like the idea of the pole sleeve, but the cost for the extra pole was almost the same. Plus side is it takes seconds to switch the poles out on the x-stage! Hope this helps!
Dec 2, 2014
Veena
That's great to here you like the silicone thanks for letting us know! Do you have slipping problems if it gets wet?
Dec 2, 2014
Princess Buttercup
I use water to clean it because it collects dust like mad, but that is the only time I have had water on it. A good wipe down seems to resolve any issues, but it isnt terribly humid where we are. Not much help on that subject unfortunately.
Dec 2, 2014
Wcox
Fantastic! Thanks for the response. I just oordered my silicone pole :) I'm super excited! I am sure I will want to change them out time to time.
Dec 2, 2014
CD Hussey fka Jivete
Curious to hear how you like it. I'm super interested in one. I had a pole sleeve and hated it, but I love the idea. There's a studio about an hour from here that has one. I need to just take a class to try in out.
Dec 2, 2014
Wcox
Princess buttercup, or anyone who has used a silicone pole/sleeve - did you find certain clothes were most effective when using?

I have received my silicone xpole and love it so far. I never really used spin mode before so I have been doing some light training on spin but it is amazing when it comes to strength training and far less pole kisses! :)
Dec 29, 2014
Princess Buttercup
I am currently experimenting with different clothing. So far, the tighter, the better and less likely to get taken off of you by the pole LOL. I ordered a unitard last week, since the studio I am at uses them a ton for performances on silks. I will let you know how it is!
Dec 29, 2014
Wcox
Thanks Buttercup! Have you tried jeans? I don't think they would work well but when I was looking at all of the Chinese pole stuff on IG, lots of people have jeans on? This seems tricky! All I can imagine is splitting the seam of every pair of pants I own!
Dec 29, 2014
CD Hussey fka Jivete
I would wear a leotard with footless tights. You could also put booty shorts over that. I call it the aerialist uniform, lol.
Dec 29, 2014
Kay Rae
I just got a pink silicone pole for Christmas. I'm in Florida... and it doesn't take long to get sweaty hands. I'm new to this, but got ballsy enough to sit and lay back horizontally. I could have probably gone further back, but I got nervous because my hands, and so the pole, got sweaty and I had to stop. Would any hand grip products hurt the silicone?
Dec 30, 2014
Wcox
Kay Rae, I also got the pink silicone pole for Christmas! I used dry hands on my feet when I was training the starfish. Rubbing alcohol took it off no problem :) I don't know if we are really supposed to use it with the silicone but didnt seem to hurt it!
Dec 30, 2014
Kay Rae
That's nice to know. I just worry because if the silicone gets damaged, that's it. No replacing it like a sleeve.
Dec 30, 2014
ipole2
Hi all - I've been enjoying my new silicon pole, too! When I inquired, this is the response I received from xpole regarding clothing and cleaning: "Yes just clean the pole with rubbing alcohol as needed. You can wear any clothes you would like on the pole- we recommend clothes because the silicone will most likely pull at your bare skin a bit- too much friction. however if you do have bare skin, your skin will not damage the pole, just be mindful that you can get skin burns from the friction on bare skin."
I look forward to hearing what you all find most comfortable.
Dec 30, 2014
ipole2
oops - silicone....
Dec 30, 2014
Kay Rae
Yes, my thighs are fire after sitting on it with shorts lol. Well if anyone else gets info on whether we can use mighty grip or whatnot for hands, it'd be much appreciated. I would like to not need to wipe my hands while I'm up there haha
Dec 30, 2014
Wcox
Just wondering for those of you who have used or who currently have the silicone pole about the best ways to get down. On my chrome I was used to sliding down and hand standing out of almost all moves (and its not really an option with the silicone and its an extremely hard habit to break) Do you have any favourites?
Jan 6, 2015
Princess Buttercup
I climb down similar to a backwards inverted climb. Try it. Its weird at first. You want to climb as opposed to slide.
Jan 6, 2015
AllysonKendal
I haven't used a silicone pole, but have you tried a shoulder dismount from inverted crucifix? It's a nice exit if your stuck and looks harder than it is.
Jan 7, 2015
Papillon
Hello! I am about to become complete nuts and buy an xpole lite silicone! :) First I was thinking of an rpole due to easy mount/dismount/transportation, but it's way too expensive. Also, I use to sweat a lot and I tend to fight people's idea of: pole dance=almost naked prejudice, and this pole is perfect for dancing with clothes.
Are you all still happy with the silicone pole?
Does the material last?
Can you pole with leggings or jeans? Is it really that painful to dance with shorts?
Can you still use grip aids without ruining the material?
Also, is it easy to mount and dismount it? I like the idea of taking it to the mountains to just train or photoshoot :)

Thank you so much in advance for your guidance, I really trust in you...

Thank you all!!!
May 1, 2016
laamhain7127
I have never used silicone and have only been taking pole dance lessons for three months, but I would recommend sticking with a 45mm chrome pole which has both a spinning and static option. I find that I can wear clothes when my pole is on static and still spin. 45mm chrome is what they use in competitions and universally. As such I would be inclined to stick to that......
May 2, 2016
Papillon
Thank you for your reply Laamhaim! I actually own a brass pole in which I've been working this past year. It works for me because it grips better and because I'm allergic to the other metals.

So now, I was planning to buy something "a bit" more portable for photo shoots and to have outside in the summer. Since I already have a metal pole, and because I would adore to pole with more clothes on, I was thinking of getting this xpole stage lite in silicone. But I wanted to check what fellow polers think after trying it for long :)
May 2, 2016
moonflower
I've tried the silicone sleeve before and I don't like it. Yes, it's sticky, but it's too sticky. I wasn't able to do smooth transitions, and it left a lot of horrible friction burn bruises on my shoulder and legs. But the worse thing is that it will get suddenly slick if I hit a patch of sweat. So, sticky sticky, SLIp, sudden super sticky skin ripping stop.

Not my cup of tea.
May 7, 2016
Papillon
I totally understand your point Moonflower. It's definitely super grippy, I was able to try it for the first time a couple of days ago, and I could grip so well, but then, no chance to smoothly slide. I didn't experience the slippery sweaty part, though. I have already a brass pole at home in which i normally train. But I wanted to take advantage of the summer and buy something for the outside. And I thought it would be best, to buy something VERY different than what I currently have. Also, would be great for photo shootings. I'm still thinking about it...not sure of what to do!
May 7, 2016
Cherry Blossom
I really enjoy my xstage lite pink 48mm silicone pole. Perfect for wet sunny day in summer and cold winter. I wear jeans or short or leotard. It is better for working the strength and tricks (like extend butterfly). No, it is not very painful with short (well, don't try superman or spin, of course).
May 9, 2016
Papillon
Thank you for the repply Cherryblossom! Very helpful! I'm thinking about this more seriously since it's so hard for me to grip due to my sweaty hands! Even using grip aids...it's really frustrating not being able to do 4 combinations one after the other because I start to slide :(
May 9, 2016
snowwwhite
I also own a silicon pole and like it especially for training new tricks and for super hot days, feels more secure. Never had problems with water on it, since you are wearing clothes, its always super grippy. You can train the same trick more often, as less painful. But having said that, its my second pole, if I would only had one, it would be the normal chrome..you are more limited on what you can do on silicon. I have found, jeggins work best for me, stretchy but tight, I have ripped a pair or two though after a while, lol! If you want it for pictures, it does work great. I have used dry hands with it and its fine, but be prepared for some skin burns if you go on it with shorts and repeat the same move more that once or twice :D
May 9, 2016
Papillon
Thank you for such a helpful answer Snowwwhite!!!! Photo shootings is one of the uses, but I'm so looking forward to try new tricks (I also noticed it is less painful!) and to be able to do small choreographies in spinning mode without sliding and having to stop to wear more grip aid all the time! It's really frustrating...

I have ordered it and I can't wait to receive it!

Thank you for your advises!!!
Xxx
May 9, 2016
Spiltsugar
Just got my Silicone XPole after taking a long break from pole dance (a few years but I teach aerial arts so i have maintained my ability to invert and do some intermediate skills) . I had a chrome before and I LOVE that the silicone is helping me get confidence again in moves I have not practiced in a long time without fear of slipping cause I used to sweat so much on the chrome. However, I do greatly miss being able to do static spins to the ground and it has been challenging finding clothing that works as others have said. So for conditioning inverts, certain leg hook and hand supported skills, and practicing spin mode spins, it's great! Luckily I have a friend who is letting me use her older chrome xpole soon so I'll have options but not looking forward to switching them out over and over. I think I need to discover what else I can practice on the silicone before I'll love it more, feeling a tad limited at the moment. I'll post a little video on my profile of a couple moves I am trying to figure out how to not get so stuck on the dismounts but also how confident the grip feels even after years of not being on a pole itself.
May 15, 2018
Zara Maria Paid Member
Pole beginner here, and I just recently got myself an XPole Silicone pole. I'm echoing much of the feedback already given here: very grippy which is great for strength + conditioning training (which is what I need at this stage of my pole learning journey; that's why I got the silicone finish), though challenging when you're trying to slide or do static spins.

What I want to share though that I just discovered is that you could make silicone pole feel more "slidey"...by rubbing some beauty oil on it. :) I know it sounds weird, but that's what I've been doing, and it allows me to control the level of "slippery-ness" and "stickiness" of my silicone pole. (It also makes my pole smell good, lol.) Just as you would apply gripping powder on your hands to increase your grip on a chrome (etc.), you could rub some oil on your hands (and legs) to make your silicone pole transitions smoother. Or you could even rub some on the pole itself, and you could static-spin and slide on it, with shorts and tank top on. And you could control how slippy you want it, depending on your learning level. It's not the same as when you're on a chrome or brass or TG, but it works, at least as part of the learning and strength building!

That's my little hack that I just discovered -- sharing it here in case it helps someone! You could spin and slide on a silicone pole, with skimpy clothes on! :)
Aug 12, 2020
 
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