If you are familiar with X-Pole then you may know that they make some of the best dance poles for pole dancers and aerialists today, but they come at a premium price and in this post we will be exploring whether X-Pole’s Portable dance pole is worth the hefty $300+ investment. So are they still good in 2021?
X-Pole’s Award-winning Durability & Design
X-Pole is known for its world-class durability and design and it makes them one of the best in the industry where famous strip clubs, dance instructors, and competitions as well as famous competitors where people trust the X-pole brand.
So should you part with your hard-earned cash for a premium portable x-pole dance pole as opposed to buying an affordable strip pole that has similar quality?
In my last X-pole review, I spoke about the X Pole XPert which is another one of X Pole’s premium dance pole options, which faired to be a good stripper pole to invest, its solid pole design is perfect for beginner to advanced people who don’t mind spending the extra money.
The X-Pole Sport is similar to the Xpert series pole, however, the main difference being that it’s a non-spin stationary pole. So let’s dive in and talk more about the X Pole Sport see if its a worthwhile investment.
Please Note: if you are looking for a Spin/static pole then check out the X Pole XPERT here
First Impressions: X Pole SPORT
The Xpole Sport is a static pole which means that is doesn’t have the spinning option like the XPERT does, which makes it the most these dance poles are affordable X-pole option from their range of poles. That said its perfect for beginners who are looking to take their pole dancing to the next level without paying too much money upfront.
Many studios, pole fitness centres, and clubs use the same pole, but as mentioned previously, it’s lacking the spinning function, which may feel like a set back to some people who are looking a full-featured dance pole with all the bells and whistles.
Taking the positives with the negatives, case in point, you will be able to master the stationary styled pole, which is recommended for beginners to build their core pole dance techniques with a static pole first before moving into a spinning pole.
The X pole sport is completely portable and can be set up or uninstalled in less than 10 minutes, this is perfect for people who live in apartments or want to hide their pole from their parents.
It comes as a 2 piece kit that can be installed without screws or bolts into the ceiling so it’s perfect for many who are renting.
How to install the X Pole Sport?
X Pole is the masters of making it easy for pole dancers to install their pole. Take one look at the X Pole instruction manual and it comes with an interactive video so it makes the whole installing process and breeze without the need for drilling.
You can get a sample of the simple step-by-step instructions with the X-pole instructional video below.
So Whats The hard part of installing the X pole?
I’m glad you asked, the most difficult part is getting the pole completely parallel so it is not off-centre, if the pole is off centre then it can lead to the pole coming loose from either of the 2 points of contact which can lead some serious damage and possibly injuries
Its always a good idea to ask a friend, family member or someone you know to help you get it aligned on all angles.
PRO TIP: The easiest way to find out if your pole is straight and aligned is by dangling a piece of string from the ceiling and you will know immediately if its safe or not.
SPORT’s Features and Benefits
- Easy setup and tear down with only a few minutes to put into place without any need for tools and install fixtures.
- The completely portable design which makes it easy to transport thank to their 2 piece design and carry bags you get in the kit.
- Get the pole in your unique style and have the choice of Chrome, Brass, Stainless Steel, Titanium Gold, Silicone, or Powder-Coated Finishes
- Comes in different diameters for the ideal grip situation 40mm, 45mm, 50mm (40 – 45 are the most common pole sizes)
Tips for using the X Pole Sport
Naturally, when you start using it you are going to find that there are some “upkeep” to this pole that many don’t think about — so this is what you should expect while using your X Pole SPORT and this is important if you are renting and you want to avoid damaging the floor or ceiling.
Ceilings: You shouldn’t have any problems with leaving marks on the ceiling, however, there may be cases where your pole can be over tightened which can crack the ceiling gyprock plaster.
Floor: non-carpeted floors are ideal as the bottom plate of the pole won’t leave any marks on the floor.
X Pole’s Color Finishes
X-Pole’s are known for their elaborate color finishes which makes buying your own personalized color something extra special. When selecting the finish of your pole you are going to find that different finishes mean that some may feel grippier than others.
For example, Many prefer chrome and brass for better grip as opposed to powdered coated finishes which tend to be more slippery at first until you get used to it. It’s also important to note that I do recommend getting a chrome pole dance pole if you are interested to train for competitions as this is the industry standard dance pole that is widely used.
First Time Using Your X-Pole Sport
If you are inexperienced and are just starting in pole dancing then you may initially feel that the pole is very slippery, and just needs to be worn in after a few uses.
Be sure to use rubbing alcohol before each session to assure that you will get the best grip possible without sliding, also handgrip aids like sink power and shaving cream are amazing grip hacks for the pole. The mighty grip is a great liquid powder grip for pole dancers that been highly rated
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Pro tip: Shaving cream has proven to be an awesome gripping option and best of all, its super cheap and effective.
Where to buy X Pole SPORT
You can find them on their site or I highly recommend buying from Amazon as its faster delivery times and maybe cheaper. But if you into bargain hunting like I am and you know exactly what you are after trying Craigslist, eBay or Facebook to find a second-hand pole.
I find that many people who sell them if you are located in a metro area then you may find that a studio is selling their equipment, but its important to always do your due diligence and be assure that it comes with all the pieces, screws are no threaded and the pole is in top working condition.
- Costs less than $150 and is the perfect pole for beginners and pros
- Comes in different color schemes and finishes
- The most trusted pole brand in the industry where you can walk into any pole studio or club to find X Pole as their preference
- Instructional install video makes it easy for installation
- It has no Spin options for those adventurous types
- Some finishes like powder coat and silicon may be more slippery than the chrome and brass finishes
The X Pole sport is priced below 150 dollars and makes for a great starting dance pole for the aspiring dancer looking to improve their chops. X Pole is a brand you can trust with their years of business in the game and thousands of people and studios who use their products I’m confident to say that this is one of the best brands out there even though they are not quite the cheapest.
But if you care about quality and the X-Pole brand name and see yourself using it for the long term then this is the perfect strip pole option. If you are in search of a spinning pole, then the XPERT is the next best product from X-Pole