Say goodbye to the hardware store and hello to the High Performance Flag Pole from ColorguardUSA.com and Randall May International.
“Right now poles are basically just a pipe; these poles are designed specifically for spinning,” says Peter Gomez, a color guard designer and choreographer who brought this idea to Randall May. “The weight balance system inside them is what’s unique.”
The precision balance system contains multiple weights that can be added and removed as needed with an interlocking design. The end of the flag screws in securely, so that there is no chance of the weight falling out of the flag like traditional bolts or fish weights.
“My main mission behind the whole thing was to give people the opportunity of having a piece of equipment that is geared solely to make the color guard activity better,” Gomez says.
The pole itself is made from aircraft brushed aluminum tubing. The end caps are made of translucent and resistant silicone. Gomez tested out the new poles at three schools: Chino, Upland and Glen A. Wilson High School in Southern California.
“The feedback that I’m getting from the kids is that they don’t want to pick up other poles now, just these,” Gomez says.