X-Pole can be used against almost any level ceiling surface. It's silicone edging has hi-grip capabilities. Rough surfaces, such as Artex, may present a problem depending on how rough they are. It is not a case of not being stable enough, it is as to whether the ceiling will be damaged if uneven pressure is placed on it.
X-Pole cannot be used on false or suspended ceilings.
Is The X-Pole Static Or Spinning?
X-Poles come in two types. SPORT (XS) is a purely static pole. XPERT (XX) is static and spinning in one pole. To change the mode of operation 2 screws are released or tightened to transfer X-Pole from static to spinning or back again. This takes less than 15 secs. With the screws tightened the X-Pole is locked solid and is in Static mode.
In the UK 95% of the Pole exercise schools teach on 'static' poles. It is more difficult to learn on a static pole but better long term as it more difficult to go from spinning to static than the other way round.
Does It Come With A Carry Case?
All X-Poles are supplied with a carry case - the number of cases depends on the type of pole.
X-Pole uses nylon cases as aluminium cases are heavy and can damage car interiors and dent objects if they come into contact. The cases have shoulder straps.
How Much Does The X-Pole Weigh?
X-Poles vary in weight depending on the type of pole and the material it is made of.
In their carry cases X-Poles weigh between 15 ~ 20Kg (33 ~ 44lbs).
However, with the heavier poles (XPERT) the weight is split into a tube case and the base and upper case.
How Portable Is It?
X-Pole is supplied a carry case or cases so they can be transported about easily. Many of the pole schools worldwide move from venue to venue taking their X-Poles with them. Some schooles have as many as 10 poles.
The tube carry case can can also carry additional optional extensions. Both carry cases have shoulder straps to make them easy to carry.
X-Pole was the first truely portable professional pole that could be carried from venue to venue and is credited with being the pole that expanded and help grow the pole excercise and dance industry.
What Height Will I Get In The Box?
Unlike other poles X-Pole does not need to be cut to height so it can be moved to different height venues. Each Box Set will allow you to construct a pole from 2235mm (7' 4" 0r 88") to 2745mm (9' or 108"). To go higher further 'optional' extensions are needed.
Please see our height calculator for extension calculation:
How Many Pieces Make Up An X-Pole?
X-Pole consists of 2 main poles to which extensions are added to increase the overall height.
The X-Pole set is sold with 2 extensions allowing the pole to be used from 2235mm (7' 4" / 88") to 2745mm (9' / 108"). If the X-Pole is to be used on a higher ceiling then additional optional extensions can be purchased.
Pressure supported X-Poles can be used up to 3.35Mtr (11' or 132") without the use of any additional ceiling fixing. For heights above this it is mandatory to have a ceiling plate.
If you intend to use an X-Pole above 11' please contact the sales office for further advice.
What Should I Wear?
Pole exercise and dance moves require friction between skin and the pole therefore the more exposed skin the better. Shorts and a crop top are ideal, bikini for the more daring.
However, it is important to feel comfortable so wear what you feel comfortable wearing even if you may not be able to do some of the moves due to lack of friction.
Is an instructional video available?
The X-Pole International channel (and X-Pole US channel (URL's below) host a number of technical video's on the X-Sport, X-Pert and X-Stage assembly as well as product demo video's with Flying Laura, Fawnia Dietrich and Jamilla Deville.
Lotions & Oils
NEVER use body lotions or oils prior to using a pole. This is extremely dangerous as the user could slip off the pole causing serious injury.
You may wish to try our range of grip products found in our store.
What Shoes Are Best?
For Pole dancing the more friction on the pole the better so bare feet, dance shoes or boots are best.
However, trainers and or any other comfortable shoes are fine. If using trainers try to use ones with a low friction sole as pole dancing requires you to rotate on the ball of your feet and that can be difficult in trainers.
Does Vertical Leisure Have Insurance
Yes, Vertical Leisure has product liability insurance. It covers any manufacturing fault with our products.
However, it does not cover misuse, incorrect installation, modification or any other personal or third party injury or damage caused by any of these. It also does not cover personal injury caused by the actual use of a pole which is entirely at the owner and/or users discretion.
Can X-Pole Be Used On False Or Suspended Ceilings?
No X-Pole cannot be used on false or suspended ceilings.
Does X-Pole Come With Instructions?
All X-Poles and stages come with a detailed photographic assembly manual. The manual shows all that is needed to assemble the X-Pole. The X-Stage also has an assembly DVD.
Further information on assembly and operation can be found by following the technical support links on our web site.
Will It Damage My Floor
No it will not damage your floor. X-Pole has a soft silicone pad around the base. This gives excellent adhesion to virtually any surface and stops damage. X-Pole can be used on wood, tiles and carpet.
When using X-Pole on carpet the pole must be taken down so a lasting indent is not made in the carpet.
What Floors Can X-Pole Be Used On?
X-Pole can be used on virtually any floor concrete, wood, tile, carpet etc.
If a pole is left standing on a carpet it can crease the carpet similar to a chair or any other fixture placed on it.
If there is any doubt please ring our technical support department.
Care needs to be taken on wooden floors which flex to make sure the pole is fully compressed.
What Else Will I Need?
Everything to assemble the actual X-Pole is in the box. Additional items are a tape measure - to measure the ceiling height and the distance from the wall for future installations and possibly a stud finder to locate the joists. A pencil is also useful to discretely mark the pole position.
Which Material Is Best: Chrome, Steel Or Brass?
Each material has its good points with brass and powder coated tending to having the most grip, but brass is also the most expensive. Stainless steel is the second most expensive and has a tendency to be slippery but recommended for high humidity zones. Chromed steel is the most cost effective and has the reputation as the best all round material for pole dancing.
Vertical Leisure also have what is called Titanium Gold (TG). This is a new process which adds an additional electrolytic process over the chrome. This new surface has a similar grip to brass but is more cost effective. Finally, X-Pole has a silicone range of poles for those who wish to pole fully clothed.
My Ceiling Is Over 9 Feet
X-Pole uses extensions to increase its height. Extensions are available in many different sizes.
X-pole can be used up to 3.35m (11' or 132") in standard format. Above that height it is mandatory to use additional support.
X-Pole has been used at 4250mm (14' / 168") with no problems but safety must always be a priority. Please call X-Pole for help with poles above 3650mm (11' / 132").
You can calculate whether you need to purchase extra extensions by using our online calculator:
How Do I Know What Extensions To Buy?
Using the correct extensions is important to the operation of a pole. The shorter the height adjuster can be kept the more stable and rigid the pole will be.
Basic selection of the right extensions for your height is explained in the instruction manual where there is also a height chart.
Insert your ceiling height into our online automatic calculator and it will select the correct extensions for you.
When using the height chart in the instructions select the pole that matches the height of your ceiling and note the size of the extensions required (if any). The box contains a 125 and two 250 mm extensions. Any further extensions required will need purchasing.
Aim to keep the number of extensions to a minimum by swapping a number of small extensions for 1 larger one. For instance if you need 500mm (20") of extension it is better to use 1x 500mm (20") than 2x 250mm (10")
How Long Does It Take To Put Up?
When first assembling X-Pole it will take about 10 minutes as the height will need to be measured, the extensions selected (if required).
Subsequent installations will take 3-5 minutes depending on the level of breakdown.
What’s In The X-Pole Set?
All the X-Pole sets contain all the parts required to assembly a complete pole.
Each set contains all the parts (base, upper support, poles, extensions, tools etc.) to construct an X-Pole to cover heights from 2235mm (7' 4") to 2745mm (9'). X-Pole also includes a photographic assembly manual.
For heights above 2745mm (9') additional extension parts need to be purchased.
Other items needed but not supplied are a tape measure and a stud finder for locating joists
What Is A Stud Finder?
A stud finder is an electronic device that locates solid objects such as joists, beams etc. It senses changes in density of the material it is measuring and either 'beeps' or lights an LED.
How Do I Insert/Remove The Adjuster Cover Quickly?
The best was to do this is to hold the adjuster with the tube hanging downwards and spin the tube. Either brush your hand over the tube to spin it or get someone else to spin the tube.
How Tight Does The Adjuster Have To Be?
The X-Pole adjuster needs to be tight but not over tight. Tighten the adjuster and check the X-Pole for movement. Try a spin if there is no movement the X-Pole should be fine. If there is any movement further tighten the adjuster.
It helps to have someone stand on the base to compress the floor whilst tightening the adjuster, especially on sprung wooden floors.
What Are Joists?
Joists are the pieces of wood or metal that support the floors in a building. The ceiling is also normally attached to them. X-Pole uses pressure to stabilise it so it needs to be positioned against two joists.
How Do I Locate Joists?
Joists can be located by either tapping across the ceiling with a knuckle or with an electronic stud finder. With a knuckle you tap across until a more solid sound is heard - this is a joist or beam. A hollow sound is the space between the joists. A stud finder will locate the joist electronically (see what is a stud finder).
What Delivery Methods Are Available?
X-Pole South Africa delivers X-Pole by a contracted carrier.
Once you have placed your order you will be invoiced and requested to pay by EFT. As soon as your EFT has cleared your goods will be dispatched and will arrive within 3-4 days (main hubs).
X-Pole SA is not a delivery company and we rely on outside carriers and therefore cannot be held responsible for late delivery. X-Pole SA will try its very best to give you the best service possible but cannot be held responsible for actions outside our control.
How Do I Order One?
X-Pole products can be ordered by browsing our catalogue site and then emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or calling our sales lines: 0027 (0)21 674 0074 or 0027 (0)71 681 7184
It is very important that you measure your room height before ordering and check what extensions you need (if any are required). Do not forget the standard X-Pole sets go from 2235mm (7'4" or 88") to 2745m (9' 108").
If you have any queries or questions regarding your ceiling height or what to order please call +27 (0)21 681 7184 or +27 (0)71 681 7184. X-Pole South Africa is here to help.
Export Sales And VAT Sales Tax
In South Africa all consumer prices have VAT sales tax of 14% included in the price.
VAT is payable at SA rates on all sales in South Africa.
Vertical Leisure sells goods on an FOB (Free on Board) plus freight basis. All local taxes and import costs/duties applicable to the importation to delivery destination are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Providing an order is accepted and paid for before 12pm and the items are in stock it will be dispatched the same day, by our chosen courier.
Orders after 12pm will be dispatched the following day.
Your pole will arrive in accordance with the courier delivery time you instruct.
Delivery times are in 'working days' from the day of dispatch, NOT the day of order.
So if an order is taken on Monday before 12pm, using standard delivery, it should be dispatched Monday afternoon and delivered before 7pm on Thursday.
If an order is taken after 12pm it will be dispatched Tuesday afternoon and delivered Friday before 7pm.*Main hubs only. This may vary for more remote areas.
Please Note: There are no Saturday deliveries
X-Pole South Africa will do its very best to ensure the delivery times as above but no responsibility can be accepted for late delivery which is outside X-Poles control.
Please quote your name/studio name and area code at all times when enquiring about an order.
How Strong Is An X-Pole
X-Pole has been designed for general pole dancing use. It uses hi-grade material and has been developed with strength and stability in mind.
A dance pole is used in many different circumstances - gyms with sprung floors, different heights, different celling types etc. and any weight limits would also be dependent on how the pole in used. Approached and used properly an X-Pole will handle high weights - people of 115Kg (18 Stone) have used them as have two dancers (guy and a girl) but a 115kg (18 stone) rugby player that takes a run and throws himself at the pole, introducing extreme side loads, is a different matter.
As far as strength and weight goes an X-Pole in capable of being danced on by anyone up to 115KG providing the pole is installed properly (that is very important as is it being checked regularly) and also used properly.