Choosing Nordic Walking Poles (a brief insight)

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There are 4 key types of Nordic walking poles

  1. FIXED length poleis not adjustable and therefore the walker MUST be confident they have the right height and are not likely to develop and improve their technique substantially
  2. An EXTENDABLE poleis virtually a fixed pole but there is the option to extend to make it fit EXACTLY and be adjusted according to improvement or technique improvement. The adjustment is close to the handle which minimises vibration
  3. ADJUSTABLE polesare great for all levels as they provide full flexibility and are entirely suitable for all Nordic walkers
  4. TELESCOPIC polesfold down to fit in backpacks, suitcases etc – great for city use and travelling but as they are 3 part and therefore contain TWO adjustment points they will tend to vibrate slightly more, although with the top of the range carbon ones, this is minimal

The key things to consider when choosing Nordic Walking poles are:

  • The straps – are they comfy and how easy is it to attach and un-attach them to the pole when you need to. (if they don’t attach at all they are NOT technically Nordic Walking poles)
  • Pole composition – yes carbon is best but it costs more and other compounds are entirely suitable for the recreational Nordic Walker
  • The paws (rubber feet) – are they suitably angled for the Nordic Walking technique? (If not they are not Nordic Walking poles) and are they easy to remove when on softer ground?
  • The weight of the pole – the lighter the better if you are looking for top performance but all standard Nordic Walking poles are lightweight and simple to use
  • The make – avoid cheaper brands and go for the established makes like Leki & Gabel – these companies actually manufacture ski poles too and have invested in the development of their products. Newcomers to the Nordic Walking market are usually copies made in the far East
  • Travelling? – If you know you would like to take the poles abroad or even on the bus consider whether they break down


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