Did I Get a Fake X-Pole? | Product Review

or… is it just an older version?

If you’re not a pole dancer, you’re probably laughing and wondering why there are ‘real’ or ‘fake’ poles and whether we’re crazy looking for ‘brand name’ ones. To explain this briefly, a dance pole is the biggest investment for a pole dancer. Cheaper/fake ones cut cost on material, designs and safety features that may break, fall on us, or ruin our property (i.e. windows, glass tables, walls, floors, ceilings). Even the cheapest X-Pole costs upward of $300 so it’s quite an investment and not a disposable prop you purchase at novelty shops.

As an X-Pole retailer, I get a lot of questions asking me how to tell if a pole is genuine or fake. Sometimes I’ll get people sending me pictures of an older X-Pole they bought second-hand and worry whether it was fake. I thought this might be a good opportunity to write a comparison post outlining the difference between the older (2010-2013, XX) X-Pole (read full review here) with the newer (2014-current, NX) X-Pole. With so many pictures and reviews of the newer model, this post will be helpful to highlight the changes and ensure you still have a genuine, but just previously loved X-Pole 🙂

What’s new with the post-2014 XPert?

Unboxing the 45mm Chrome XPert

1. Packaging

At first glance in the unboxing photos, there isn’t too much of a change. I was a little disheartened to see the pole did not come in extra cardboard tubes in like previous model. I used to use the tubes to as extra protection inside the carrying case (see here). Inside, the pole were wrapped in cellophane and fit snuggly into a molded cardboard box. Both newer and older packaging adequately protected the pole during shipping and handling.

Updated adjuster cover on XPert XPole

2. No more adjuster cover

In my opinion, this is the best change in the newer poles! One thing I hated about the older model was how finicky the adjuster cover was. For those that are not familiar with it, you can read about it here under the section Problems, or see the picture here. Sometimes the adjuster cover does not tighten and would require you to readjust (maybe -that- is why they call it the ‘adjuster’ cover haha!) the pole. This only happens occasionally but can be very frustrating when it does.

In the new version, the adjuster cover is no longer a moving part but part of Pole A (bottom pole). On the very bottom portion of the pole, there is a red line, and a small nick on the adjuster cover where you would align with the red line. This ensures the three adjuster screws align with the flat portion of the pole. I really think this upgrade is genius!

Laser-etched X-Pole logo on all poles parts and extensions

3. ‘X-Pole’ logo etched on individual pieces

As the leading manufacturer for dance poles, there are unfortunately many counterfeits claiming to be genuine X-Poles. In the newer models, X-Pole has etched their logo on each of the pole pieces (Pole A, Pole B, and extensions). The logo only appears at the top of the pole which provides an indication of which direction the pole should be (although it doesn’t really matter). The etching is fairly faint and not noticeable from afar. In fact, it took very many tries to get a successful, yet blurry photo of the logo. For those that are concern the etching might scratch or catch skin/clothing, rest assure you don’t actually feel the etching when you’re on the pole!
X-Joints and instructions to expand or contract

4. Larger holes for X-Joint

The old X-Poles were notorious for pieces getting stuck together by their X-Joints, with people complaining they aren’t able to disassemble the parts. Luckily, I’ve never had that problem with both my older X-Pole and newer X-Pole. However, to address this problem, X-Pole seem to have made larger holes for the X-Joints and the pole pieces. The Allen key included is the same size as the older model, but now has an additional rubber coating to provide more grip. While I’m not sure how the larger holes will help, X-Pole claims it’s easier to take the pole apart. I personally thought the pole looked nicer with smaller holes.
Tool kit with 2 Allen keys and spare parts!

5. Spare part bonus

As a nice added bonus, X-Pole included 3 extra adjuster screws and 2 extra spin/static screws. It’s a nice little bonus since it would probably be quite difficult to find the right ones in case you lose them.

6. Snug carrying case with diagram

When I was unboxing, I didn’t notice any changes with the carrying case since I was way too excited about the pole itself! From the outside, it looked like the old black carrying case (picture here). I admit it was not the highlight of the pole, so I stashed it away. But when I finally opened up the carrying case a few weeks later, I was surprised they updated the design… I think I LOVE it! The previous one, seen here, had filmsy velcro straps that could easily scratch the pole so I kept the original cardboard tube packaging for extra cushion. In contrast this new case has beautiful sewn in compartments for each pole part, secured by a wide velcro strap and the bigger flap just in case.

The previous carrying case was very modular so sometimes I forget which piece should be stored where. The little legend printed on the inside of the case tells you exactly where each piece should go. And they fit perfectly in it! I rarely need to use the carrying case since I don’t need to carry it around often but at least now I feel they’re super well protected.

Installation Video

I always love watching people’s jaw drop when I say I didn’t hire anyone to install my pole, or I didn’t need to drill holes in my floor and ceiling, or… I installed it in less than 10 minutes alone! To show it really doesn’t take much time or effort, I didn’t speed up the video and it took less than 6 minutes in total. So let’s start off with an installation video.

 

 

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Was there anything I missed? Were these changes revolutionary enough to make you upgrade your X-Pole?

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