Pole Features

General       Specifications Code: Description Characteristics
Permanent P Permanently       affixed to both the ceiling and floor Very sturdy, no       height restriction
Depending on thickness of pole wall (not diameter, but the actual wall)       and height, may require steel reinforced lining to limit flex of the pole.
Semi-permanent SP-1 

SP-2

 

       

SP-3

Uses a       permanently placed adapter screwed into a joist in the ceiling to secure       the top along with a pressure mounting by use of a wrench-tightened adjuster rod to create       pressure between the ceiling and floor      Uses a permanently placed adapter screwed into a joist in the ceiling to       secure the top along with a pressure mounting by use of a hand-tightened adjuster rod to create       pressure between the ceiling and floorUses a       permanently placed  adapter screwed into a joist in the ceiling to secure       the top along with a spring-loaded adjuster rod (like a tension       shower curtain rod) to hold the base in place. Moderately stable       at point of connection with ceiling device, but base may slide across       floor with aggressive use.
Spring loaded less stable than those with an adjustable rod and usually       require a “non-slip” floor pad on non-carpeted floors
Limited ability to move pole to another location as dependent on permanent       ceiling device for mounting.
Removable R-1R-2


R-3

Most are pressure       mounted with adjuster rod that unscrews to adjust height and tension at       top of the pole. These require a wrench to tighten into place. There is no       spring load feature to hold this pole in place
Some are a combination of spring load & hand tightened adjuster rod
             Some are fully spring loaded*Available in one-piece and multi-piece       versions        
Styles using only a pressure mounted adjuster rod (without any spring loaded       component) which requires a wrench to fully tighten is safestAny version of fully removable combing the adjuster rod with a spring loaded feature is not considered as safe or secure for most pole work.  These combination units are minimally safe for lightweight work only.
One piece generally provide an adjustable range of approximately 8 inches.
Multi-piece heights vary from 6.5-12 ft depending on manufacturer and       additional extensions purchased separately.
Can be taken from location to location. Multi-piece have more variability       to adapt to ceiling heights.
Can only be used on flat, secure ceilings.       Not for use on vaulted ceilings.
*Caution: Fully spring       loaded are no better/safer than a shower curtain rod. These are not       intended for spins or tricks – they are a prop.
Stage/podium S Portable stage or       platform with a free-standing pole attached through the center.
Does not attach to any ceiling at the top so ceiling height and slope do       not matter
Some are very       heavy and cumbersome to transport and take a long time to assemble.
Also due to poor design some are very easy to tip over. The pole tends to       sway, creating an insecure feeling when dancing as it is not affixed to       the ceiling and flexes at the point of insertion to the stage.
Limited dance area due to small stage surface.
Newer designs are much improved over the above problems of previous models       and are more stable.
Finish Description Characteristics
Stainless       Steel Polished or satin       – silver tone This is the least       grippy of the available finishes
Powder Coated Painted in       various colors Grip depends on       manufacturer’s application. Usually grips better than stainless.
Polished       Chrome Chrome       application over steal – silver tone Grips better than       Stainless
Brass Softer and porous       metal, gold tone The porous metal       absorbs heat, oils and sweat from skin providing strongest grip.
Requires more frequent cleaning due to it’s attraction of oils/dirt and       due to tarnishing which builds up in a matter of minutes.
Heats up faster by absorbing the heat from your skin – some feel this is a       disadvantage as the pole may become too warm and you stick to to the pole       too much
Titanium Titanium       application over steal       Softer and porous metal       – currently available in the US only in gold tone       so it looks like brass The porous metal       absorbs heat, oils and sweat from skin providing strongest grip.
Requires more frequent cleaning due to it’s attraction of oils/dirt,       however, it does NOT tarnish like brass!
Heats up faster by absorbing the heat from your skin – some feel this is a       disadvantage as the pole may become too warm and you stick to to the pole       too much
Clear Acrylic Clear plastic –       most with LED lighting or other special effects like glitter. Currently       only available in permanent  mount design. Grip depends on       manufacturer’s application
Usually not considered as strong for advanced work as they may crack or       break under heavier pressure.
Custom       Finishes Painted in       various colors, patterns and designs Grip depends on       manufacturer’s application.
Other Features Description Characteristics
Diameter 2-inch (50mm)
1.75-inch (45mm)
1.5-inch
2.25-inch (55mm) rare in US
2 inch is       considered standard in the US & most countries.
The smaller diameter poles generally provide easier hand grip, though they       are harder to grip with your legs during inverts..
MOST women can hold onto a 2 inch pole without difficulty unless you have       child like hand size.
Over 2 inches becomes more difficult for the average woman to grip.
Weight Limit As described by       each manufacturer The weight limit       recommendation should never be considered an absolute. Most manufacturers       will state “up to” so many pounds. This can also be affected by the height       of the pole and keep in mind that proper installation and care is       mandatory for safe pole dancing.      Additionally, when the manufacturer states a limit, it is usually       considered the upper limit for lateral force on the pole. A 150# dancer       will exert more than 150# of lateral force when spinning. So       a dancer of 180# should not be using a pole rated for up to 180# because       their lateral force may be closer to 200#.
Spinning Vs.       Static/Stationary Standard on some       poles
Extra cost for this feature on some poles
The spin mode is       an option on many poles.
The pole can spin or remain static based on a pin or other device that is       inserted, usually through the base of the pole.
Some models are difficult to switch to spin mode as the pin is located       UNDERNEATH the base and pressure from the pole makes it difficult to pull       the pin out.
Other poles have an external screw/nut that locks or unlocks with the use       of an allen wrench to quickly and easily switch from static to spin mode.
Accessories       and       Special features Assembly tools
Carrying Cases
Vaulted Ceiling Adaptors
      Articulating       base (removable poles) 

      Access holes for assembly/disassembly

Some poles come       with the tools needed for assembly – some you must purchase them extra.
Some come with carry cases, some are sold extra, some do not provide a       carrying case option.
Vaulted ceiling adaptors are only available for permanent and       semi-permanent poles.
An       ‘articulating base” floats to adapt for any unevenness in the floor or for       use on carpets as opposed to a rigid base which may result in an insecure       pole placement.Small holes are built       into each section of a multi-piece pole which comes with “release” tools       which are inserted into the holes to aid in separating the pole upon       disassembly. The sections of poles without this feature can become locked       together and extremely difficult if not impossible to separate.