The classic pole guard has an exceptionally smooth outer surface with a large coverage area for extra protection. It has no sharp edges on either the outer or the inner, so it works to minimize friction from hitting gates, helping ensure you can always find your best time. As polyethylene is unaffected by the cold, the hand protector does not become brittle, making it very well suited to use in the very coldest temperatures. The guard features a drill guide so alpine ski racers can secure it closer to the pole for a personalized fit. A rubber shim gives a secure fit on 16mm pole circumferences.