X-Pole Xpert 50mm Chrome
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The X-Pert is the X-Pole with new and improved features!! The X-PERT is the world’s first ‘bottom loading’, static and spinning dance pole. Designed with Professional Dancers and Pole Tricks in mind the X-PERT incorporates all the features required to meet the demands of the world’s best. Bottom loading, no longer is a ladder needed for installation, the X-PERT uses X-Pole’s unique adjuster system to expand and fully lock the pole in position, while the dancer stays firmly on the ground. No locking nut to come undone. The X-PERT also incorporates a special adjuster cover, which when in place creates a totally smooth pole from top to bottom. No sharp pole edge or screw adjuster to scrape arms and legs, no cover edges to hit, just smooth pole all the way. It even features a Micro Base for minimum contact. IMPORTANT NOTICE WHEN PURCHASING: If you think you are missing parts please contact the seller first before returning to Amazon. X-pole has combined parts in the packaging for easier installation and shipping. This is NOT reflected on the parts list and DVD. Many of these concerns can be answered quickly by the seller.
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This product is worth its weight in gold! Okay, well, maybe not quite that much. But, even as an 'exotic dancer,' I honestly can't imagine being happier with a different product. In fact, it's easy for me to forget that it's a portable pole!
But I'm getting ahead of myself. First of all, prior to purchasing this product, I was deciding between a few different portable poles: the Li'l Mynx, Superpole, and the X-Pole. By the way, if you buy this pole, do not buy the product directly from X-Pole! They are based in the UK, and you'll end up paying a hefty sum for shipping, even though the pole appears to be cheaper on their site. Buy it from Amazon.
As a disclaimer, I have heard good things about all three of these pole brands, but to me, the X-Pole seemed the most...intense. Its advertising really emphasizes that the pole is meant to be swung upon, and seeing as how its price was competitive, I decided to try my luck with the X-Pole. I was primarily looking for a pole that would 1) Hold my weight, even at high velocities, 2) Be completely portable, and 3)Spin like a real stripper pole. I don't look like I weigh much, but at 145 pounds, I was afraid that I'd easily topple anything that wasn't constructed very, very well! I honestly was ready to send back any product that didn't meet my expectations to the T. There is no way I would risk my safety just to have a recreational pole in my apartment.
The pole arrived in good time. The box (at 39 lbs) contains two sporty/stylish bags (to carry the differently-shaped parts for total portability), two longer poles, two bases, two extensions, a tool kit (contains everything you need to put the pole together), a DVD, an instruction manual, and a metal cover for the otherwise-exposed, adjustable top. I was concerned at first because one of the metal bases seemed very unstable. However, as demonstrated by the DVD, it is supposed to be like this before you put the pole together.
I started trying to put it together using the written instructions. And I really shouldn't have bothered. The written instructions are so confusing compared to the visual DVD!! On the DVD, two instructors put the pole together very simply (with no fade-in-fade-out tweens: it really is easy!). Then again, I'm a visual person. But in my experience, the written instructions just complicated what the DVD clearly explained. (Also, the DVD contains step-by-step instructions on some basic pole/floor moves.)
It is very easy to put together (though I'd recommend having someone help you). The learning curve is sharp: I won't need to refer back to the instructions if I decide to move the pole elsewhere: its construction is very simple. Simple, but STURDY! I live in an old apartment, and so had to find a place on the ceiling where it was completely flat. I didn't search for the ceiling beams (though I probably should've); I just searched for a place where it would stand straight. But this pole is SOLID. I can literally grab the pole, shake it as hard as I can, and it still does not budge. With the two extensions, it fairly easily reaches the top of my 9' ceiling, and still does not feel wobbly (some poles get noticeably more wobbly as more extensions are added on).
Of course, you can also choose to put the pole in 'static' mode, but where's the fun in that? This pole is exactly what my pole at work looks and feels like, even though the one at my job isn't portable! The grip, the spin type, and the material, are all authentic. Trust me, I would know. :0)
I really find very few products I'm passionate about, but I cannot find anything wrong with this one. Whether you're buying it as a sexy workout toy, as something to make your significant other's jaw drop, or because you're a stripper who likes to take her work home, this is the pole for you. I LOVE IT.
Note: Poles are not easy to work on at first. It took me about three months at work to stop getting bruises on my inner thighs just from simply "sitting" on the pole and spinning! If you're looking for a pole that has an easier grip (a "stickier" pole), then consider buying the titanium gold pole or finding one made of brass. But stainless steel will definitely make you earn your pole creds!
I only paid a bit over $300 for my pole when I bought it awhile ago. I have no idea why its price has raised so dramatically on Amazon, but I'd advise searching for a better price elsewhere! I hear that X-Pole now has a base in the US, so try buying it from them!!
First, this pole is STURDY. I did not want to become some YouTube star from falling off of a home pole so I researched my heart out and this was the very best choice. I used to pole years ago and I wanted a pole that fit the professional standard I was used to, a truly SAFE pole that wouldn't come crashing down and the ability to stow it away (I am not a single girl living in my apartment free to roam in my undies anymore, I am a married woman with a formal living room. After I get done with my risqué workout, the living room needs to return to it's regular state) and this fits the bill.
Very smooth, great grip for a chrime finish and installation was a SNAP. I suggest you YouTube "xpole Xpert install video" and watch the one with two blondes showing an open ceiling drawing. I watched the video over and over before the pole even arrived so I would know exactly what to do and knew exactly what to expect in the box. "A" for preparedness but "F" on this seller's part for shipping me a damaged pole the first time around. I opened up the box to find the main pole of the unit was bent in at the connection points and all the screws on the bottom to control the spin option were stripped. I couldn't even attempt to put the pole together and contacted Amazon immediately. Even though I called them within an hour of my pole arriving, they gave me a hell of a time about a return. That being said CHECK YOUR POLE UPON DELIVERY. I had to give them quite an earful before they would refund my card and place an order for a new one (since they couldn't just send me the part). So now, after paying for 2 day shipping and actually getting it a week later, the new pole comes and is in perfect working order. I set this up by myself within 10min, 5min of that was just making sure the pole was totally level. Another suggestion, cut your install time in half and measure your ceiling and find your joist before the pole arrives. I marked my joist spot with a small X in crayon so I would know where it goes every time.
Last side note: this pole extends UP TO 9' even, not 9' 2", not 9' 4", just 9ft MAX. My ceilings are 9' 3" so I had to purchase a separate extender (500mm extension to be exact) from xpole directly. Attached is a picture of the clearly damaged pole I was first sent.
EDIT: Only minutes after placing this review, Dan, from Microfiber products, called to assist and provide guidance on the warrantied remedies available. Great company. Will keep you updated.