... Also, Ace, I was looking around on your site today and came across the PDF you did explaining weave poles and the different methods of training etc. I want you to know that is the very best overview and explanation I have ever read! You did an awesome job!
Marilyn (Aire) Lutz
The order arrived in good shape. Nice product! Thank you!
Gwyn Friedl and Finn
Here’s the expanded testimonial I promised:
an American dog sports competitor and instructor who moved to Istanbul
(pop. 15 million) in 2007. I brought my Border Collie (Savvy), of
course, but sold my agility equipment thinking our agility days were
over. At the time, Turkey had no kennel club, no training facilities,
and no competitions.
Turkey joined the FCI, and is expecting to hold real agility trials
this year for the first time. I’ve even imported a Papillon puppy (Dash)
to train for future competitions. Unfortunately, the lack of equipment
in Turkey is a serious issue. Last year, 30+ dogs from all over Turkey
participated in four agility seminars. For each seminar, we had to pool
all the equipment in Turkey to come up with even a “semi-regulation”
course. We were thrilled even to have an 8’ teeter which falls over
sideways and stick-in-the-ground weaves. However, my fast-weaving Border
Collie failed to impress anybody when he knocked all the weave poles
flat every time he tried them.
decided on my next annual trip to the U.S., I’d try to bring back some
REAL weave poles. They had to be steel based (for Savvy), and they had
to convert into channels (for training Dash). And they had to be light
and portable enough to carry up and down flights of stairs every day.
After much searching online, I realized the now-obsolete Porta-Channels
would be perfect. I asked Ace if he could look through his warehouse and
find a set of 6, and he did… as long as I didn’t mind beige sliders on a
white base. No problem! I asked Ace not to send poles, as that would be
too much to take on the plane.
shipped the base to my sister’s house in Indiana, and I picked it up a
couple of weeks ago during my visit. Wow—I was so impressed right off
the bat. The workmanship, sturdy construction, and paint job were all
great. Everything was packaged with care. The instructions were great,
but weren’t necessary, as assembly was a piece of cake. Every slider fit
on every leg perfectly.
few days later, I arrived at O’Hare Airport with Dash, two Rubbermaid
tubs as my checked bags, an over-stuffed carry-on, and the 3-piece weave
base. I had put the legs and sliders in the Rubbermaid tubs, and was
going to attempt to take the weave base on as my “personal item.” I was
stopped briefly at airport security, as they figured a 44” long hunk of
steel would make a formidable weapon. I explained that they were part of
an agility weave pole set on the way to Turkey. Because I’m a
middle-aged American female, and because I was traveling with my dog at
the time, they smiled and let me through security. Getting on my Turkish
Airlines flight was no problem. Nobody questioned the steel rectangle I
was carrying, and it fit easily into an over-head bin. The only
difficult part was the landing… sunny Istanbul had been hit by a
blizzard and would eventually get over a foot of snow!
waiting for the snow to melt, I cut some PVC for the poles.
[The first pic shows] how
compact the set is when disassembled (shown next to an 8 lb. Papillon): When the snow was finally gone, I easily carried the weave poles outside in a single trip and set them up in about a minute.
[the second] photo, the poles are a little wonky because the PVC sizes in
Turkey are different from the U.S. I later found I could wrap a
rubber-band around each pole support, and the poles stay perfectly
channels were very easy to adjust, but stayed in place when I needed
them to. Dash enjoyed running through his new channel weaves, as you can
see in this video: http://www.youtube.com/user/k9shrink?feature=mhee#p/u/7/SXtN6H8ur7c.
I’m so impressed that I hope to bring back another set of 6 on a future
trip to the U.S. A big thanks to Ace and Way-to-Weave for making my
“dream” of steel-based weaves in Istanbul a reality!
We are really enjoying the weave poles. Thanks for all your help! Sharon Yildiz
[In an earlier post]
They're terrific! I am sooooo impressed with the high quality, sturdiness, yet compactness. I think they'll be quite easy to take on the plane too. Thanks for organizing everything. It was so well packed, every piece arrived without even a hint of a scratch ... heck, not even dust! Thanks so much. We agility fans in Turkey will get plenty of use from them, as they're the first set of metal base poles that will be in the whole country of 70 million people.
Thanks very much for calling me on Monday. Our conversation really helped me clarify what I needed and didn't need. I can't wait to get the weave poles. Hopefully, we'll stay snow-free for awhile so I can try them out right away!
They got set up and used for the first time yesterday! Sure has my Collie buffaloed for now, but he will figure it out quickly. So far they are a dream to adjust and very stable once set. Both of these features have been nightmares with previous WAMs I have used.
I LOVE my new WAMs. Phoebe's weave pole performance is already much improved. I also DO very much like the shrink wrapping you did on the poles.
I just wanted to tell you we absolutely love our weave poles. First off, they are of excellent quality. Even my husband was impressed when he put them together for me. We're using them right now as a 12 pole set with the channel open to teach my BC to hit the entrance.
Thanks - I know we will enjoy these for many, many years.
Hi Ace! Didn't get to tell you how much we love our 2x2s! They're SWEET and so easy to move around the yard or inside the basement. Especially love the weighted feature. THANKS!
Dealing with you and your company has been a pleasure. You responded to my questions promptly and with detailed explanations. I
am very satisfied with the weave poles we purchased from you. They are
well made, sturdy, and work exceptionally well on our dirt floor in the
indoor riding arena.
I love the weaves and the craftsmanship is wonderful! Great product and I have already recommended you to a bunch of students. ... Of course you can quote me and you can add: Ace really understands the meaning of customer service!
Barbara Currier, Georgia
We love the weaves! Such nice workmanship and packaging. I'll be ordering a second set early in the new year. Please feel free to use my comments on your site. I also wanted to add how sturdy they are and perfect for our 2x2 training.
Mary Ellen Sheedy, New York
in the midst of using the 2x2 method with two Goldens - one is learning
to weave and the other is improving existing skills. I really like the
slider and central base design because it gives the dogs the picture
they've built up to with my 2x2's and the picture they'll see in
competition. Being able to slightly offset single poles when
needed then move them back in line is helping them master weaving
I love the improvements you've made to your weaves over the past year! They are engineered very nicely. I just love them!
H.P., Iowa (purchased EZ Channel 2/08, ALL-WAYS Weaves 1/09)
I love the design and the ease of moving the sliders. Your instructions
for setup were also very clear ... I am very satisfied.
Sionag Black, agility judge
Wow! I expected them to be nice but I was really amazed -- not only with the
weave system, but your packing too!! Everything was almost too pretty to unpack.
But we did get them out and set up easily and using the poles at a 20 degree
angle really gets the dogs striding through smoothly. We're really pleased and quite impressed.
R.S, North Carolina
I should have write before, but we were training weaves!!!!! The
weaves are great, and easy to carry. The 2X2 fit super in the car, the others as
they are 3 poles, I managed to find a hole that works OK !!! They are a lot help
for me because I have to train my dog in different places to make him do the
weaves independent of everything (yesterday we trained in the woods).
and more venues these days are on indoor surfaces that don't allow
staking of equipment, like soccer turf or like our own facility's
rubber flooring. And for those of us who have clubs that use these
facilities, weaves are a problem. It's really hard to get them anchored
well. Carpet tape can work, but as soon as you rip it up the first time
it starts losing grip.
Our club bought 2 sets of 24" weaves from
Ace Russell at Way To Weave in 2008. And we love them, but it has been
a real PITA to deal with anchoring them onto our RB rubber flooring,
which was installed grip side up. The best solution was lots (and
lots!!) of gorilla tape. So we'd be taping weaves down, going through
rolls of tape, then having to discard and retape between each class.
And even with gorilla tape, the weaves sometimes got away from us.
We've got a big male hard-driving Golden in this area who last year
ripped the weaves right up and carried them with him, and then there's
Cala, my dobe, who has broken poles, dragged poles halfway across the
arena; well you get the picture.
Out of the blue a couple of
months ago, Ace emailed me and said he would like to try to build us a
set of weaves that might work better on our floor. We talked back and
forth several times, and the day before our Halloween trial, a set of
poles arrived on spec, to see if they would work for us. Ace warned me
they were heavy. Put together in a set of 12, they weigh a whopping 80#.
let me tell you, we LOVE these poles. We had them in our Jumpers ring,
and they didn't move. Not even under Cala. Not even with that Golden.
Not a single spec of tape on them. And the dogs loved them too. The
base was heavy, but the rods for the poles still allowed good flex. No
jamming of shoulders and very few weave popouts all weekend.
add a single strip of gorilla tape to the first couple of legs for the
6 poles in Novice, but IMO we really didn't need to; we've had that set
of six up for our classes since, and it's stayed exactly where it was
put. I do think that part of the reason why they worked so well is that
they are also spaced at 24", so less banging. But even so, we had some
dogs hit the entrance with a lot of speed and still not move them.
wanted to post about them because we got a ton of compliments and
questions about them at the trial, and because I'm really impressed
with Ace's commitment to quality and improvements of his product. I
don't work for them and I've actually never met the man. But we were
sure happy to send him a check for those poles. I also wanted to share
because I know a lot of other clubs are having the same issue and might
be interested in what worked for us.
Posted on AGILEDOGS list by Robin Nuttall, Missouri
The weave poles are working great! I've trained my little toy poodle on
them using Jane Simmons-Moake's method and she is doing wonderfully.
Sometimes I buy things on the spur of the moment and have been a little
sorry afterwards. Not so with your weave poles!
Diane Holleman, agility judge
I am enjoying the weave poles. They were easy to set up and easy to adjust.
C.M., North Carolina
Love the weaves. I waited this long to get back to you as I wanted to make sure everyone had a
chance to put their weaves together. We're all happy with them. On mine I love
not having feet/legs for packing them up. I'm quite pleased with the look, the
weight and the system. Very cool!
I.M., for group of buyers (3 ALL-WAYS sets, 3 Competition sets), Hawaii
I have to tell you that I
am SO impressed with the workmanship for The Way To Weave 24” 2x2’s and all the
details that went into these weaves. Everything from the packing, the user
instructions and being able to make the 2x2’s into 2 separate rigid sets of 6
poles, a rigid set of 12 poles or even a mix of rigid with a hinge in the
middle. The quality is WONDERFUL. It exceeded all my
expectations. I am very happy with what
I ordered and wouldn’t hesitate to order from them again.
Nancy Gagliardi Little, Minnesota
Ace, my weave pole base arrived December 31. I wasn't expecting them so soon. I
was able to pick them up at the PO yesterday and tried them today, at my club
training grounds. I am so pleased with them! I am ordering a second set! I
am going to show them to our Agility Director tomorrow. I know our club needs to
replace our current ones, so I'll get back to you. But I could not wait to
thank you for all your help.
F.A., Puerto Rico
Thanks again and if all manufacturers would care as much as you there wouldn't be any consumer issues! You are the best.