Choosing a Nordic Walking Pole (2022) (2022)

Different models of Nordic Walking Poles

Foreword

There is no formal, legal definition of what exact characteristics constitute a Nordic walking pole, or stick.

Established brands of Nordic walking poles in Europe include Exel (Finland), Gabel (Italy), Kompardell (Austria), Leki (Germany), and Swix (Norway). In Canada, an established brand is Nordixx.

There are two points of contention around Nordic walking poles: the question of wrist straps, and the actual construction of the poles themselves.

Nordic walking associations around the world seem to agree that technically if a pole doesn’t have straps and doesn’t have angled rubber feet, then while it may be a fine pole for some kind of walking, and even though the maker of it may say it’s for Nordic walking, that it’s not technically, actually a Nordic walking pole.

Exerstrider poles, which are strapless poles made in the US, would therefore not be strictly classed as Nordic walking poles, though they are considered very good for other forms of fitness walking. Urban Poling poles made in Canada, also being strapless, would seem to fall into the category of being fitness walking poles like Exerstriders. Some poles are half way between, in that they have wrist straps but ones that seem more designed to prevent you dropping the poles rather than being necessarily a means of pushing the poles as the straps are on most Nordic poles.

In any event, the strap vs strapless question seems to be a minor debate compared to the debate of fixed-length, adjustable-length pole vs one piece solid pole.

I have to say that I found that the adjustable people come across as the more flexible (no pun intended) people in life, who seem inclined to say “whatever works best for you”, while some in the fixed-length camp can come across as rigid and ideological, and very unhappy that the rest of the world isn’t compelled to make the same morally superior pole choice as they did. And women won’t be surprised that all the egos involved here belong to men.

This is just to say — weigh the pros and cons of both types of poles (as you’ll see below) in light of what you think will work best for you and your life, and don’t be bullied into deciding otherwise. Marko Kantaneva, one of the founders of the sport, apparently promotes both fixed-length and adjustable poles equally.

Factors to consider

There are six factors to consider when pondering which type of Nordic walking poles might be right for you.

  1. Straps vs strapless
  2. Fixed length versus adjustable
  3. Length of pole needed for you
  4. Material
  5. Handles
  6. Tips

For items such as the rubber feet, snow baskets, etc see: Nordic Walking Accessories .

1. Straps vs strapless

Nordic Walking: Straps vs Strapless

Some makers of Nordic walking poles do call their strapless poles Nordic walking poles, even though others would say they are not. Greater minds than ours can decide the matter; I’ve simply written about the pros and cons as I understand them so far which you can read here: straps vs strapless walking poles.

Some people feel that straps which are not much more than wrist loops aren’t good for developing the push technique that real Nordic walking requires.

2. Fixed length versus adjustable length poles

2a. Fixed length

Fixed-length poles are just that: poles which are a set length, and are all one piece of pole. These poles are generally sold in pre-made lengths between 100 and 130 cm, with differing lengths at 5 cm increments between those two numbers.

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That being said, some fixed-length models do cheat a bit, having a small part of them which will go up or down a bit to help get a more exact fit for the user, allowing (usually) a +/-5cm adjustability range. Without that, some say, the risk is that you could find the a pole just a bit too long or short for you. Sometimes these are called “extending poles” because they extend a bit.

Fans of fixed-length poles say that they are generally lighter in weight than adjustable poles, and that they like the feel of the poles as they swing. They also feel that the poles are sturdier than adjustable poles: that they trust them more to support them should they want to go leaping and bounding about. They also feel that the fixed-length poles vibrate less when they strike the ground than adjustable poles do.

One downside is that should you be the hospitable type, it’s harder to stock up on spare fixed-length poles for visiting guests that you might want to drag out on a walk with you, unless you purchase and keep to hand many different sizes.

2b. Adjustable

Adjustable poles have sections that you pull out to make the pole longer, or push in to make the pole shorter. Generally, you then turn the poles to lock the extensions into place securely and safely.

Such poles can have two pieces, or three. (The three-piece ones are often referred to as “telescopic” or “traveller” models.) The three piece models will collapse down into a shorter rod, easier for packing into a backpack or suitcase, and travelling.

You can easily adjust an adjustable pole to the exact right length for you.

The adjustments can “slide down” over time, resulting in one pole being shorter than the other at the end of an intense walk, say, but that’s almost always the result of not having tightened the pole’s locking mechanism enough.

There’s a possibility that less well- made models could vibrate more in use than fixed-length poles but with modern well constructed ones that risk should be very minimal. There were some adjustable ones made that were of poor quality, but then there are also some fixed length ones just as poorly made. That being said, fixed poles probably may have a bit less vibration, adjustable people will admit, but they go on to say that it probably won’t be noticeable to most people anyway. Some say the most important factor is not adjustable or fixed but rather the percentage of carbon — the more carbon the less vibration.

Adjustable allows for irregularities between different sides of your body, or restricted shoulder movement on one side. Adjustable poles are also easier to lend to a guest for occasional use, and easier to pass onto a friend or another family member as you upgrade poles.

Occasionally, you can overloosen the pieces of an adjustable pole so that it won’t tighten up again. Here’s a handy video from Nordic Walking UK showing how to fix this issue:

3. Length of pole you need

Here is the formula for how long a pole should be for you, whether it is a fixed-length or adjustable pole:

Your height in cm * .68

(You must supply your height in cm or the formula won’t work.)

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For adjustable poles, that is the length to set your poles to. (Note that occasionally lengthening the pole by a few cm from normal for you can give a slightly harder workout and give you extra upper body workout.)

For fixed-length poles, there is one more step: you take the number you got, and then round down or up to the nearest even 5 cm increment. (If you got 112, round down to 110; if you got 114, round up to 115.) That gives you the length of fixed-length pole to buy.

Here is a video covering how to calculate the length of fixed-length poles for you. It’s made by the Exel people but the principles apply to all poles.

When the pole is the right length, then when you are holding the pole, with the pole angled back so that the tip of the pole is by your foot, then your arm should be bent at 90 degrees plus a bit more downwards — that is, about 100 degrees down.

4. Material

All Nordic poles are generally made of light weight metal. The metals used are generally either aluminum or carbon.

Carbon is considered the best material, and generally the higher the percentage of carbon in the poles, the more expensive they are. Good quality carbon poles are made from cross-linked carbon fibre.

Good quality aluminum poles are made from 7075 aluminum alloy, which can be as hard as many steels while still being light weight.

Carbon is lighter than aluminum, stiffer and vibrates less. Aluminum is more flexible, making it better for running and bounding because it’s less likely to break.

Some poles may be composite carbon/fiberglass or composite 6061 / 7075 aluminum or composite carbon / aluminum.

A beginner just trying Nordic walking on for size may not need to go to the expense of carbon poles just yet. They may be better to start off with good quality aluminum and then if they do become a long-term practitioner of the sport, the aluminum ones can be passed to a friend just starting out in the sport.

Some manufacturers (such as Leki) offer a guarantee against pole breakage.

5. Handles

Nordic Walking Pole Handles

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The handles on Nordic walking poles may be made of plastic, or foam, or cork, or any combination thereof. They usually can be replaced when they are worn out.

Plastic and foam last longer than cork, but cork is absorbent, and offers a non-slip grip, especially in hot sweaty weather.

Handle types don’t seem to excite the same sort of passion as pole types do. Most professionals will just say that the handles are a personal preference, but to remember that in theory you’re not supposed to be having a death grip at all times on the handles anyway.

6. Tips

You don’t usually get a lot of choice about the tips that come with your poles. Though with some manufacturers, such as Exel and Leki, you can later buy more expensive tips as an upgrade.

Tips are usually plastic with a carbide tungsten end, which may be blunt or pointed.

SUMMARY

Some people say, if you are only going to have one set of poles, make it an adjustable set, because then you can adjust the length and use the poles for all kinds of exercise walking other than Nordic.

Others say as you get more experience, and as you start running, jumping and leaping about with your poles, you will want rock-solid sturdy one-piece poles.

Nordic walking is a very friendly sport in which people generally don’t take themselves too seriously (if only because they can’t — remember the dork factor), but the topic of fixed vs adjustable pole type is one about which people will get quite arrogant and pushy so just ignore that and go with what seems best for you right now at this stage of life. Remember, there’s such as thing as “hand-me downs” — you can always upgrade later and pass your previous ones onto a friend that you’ve converted to the sport!

Sources

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How to Choose the Right Nordic Walking Pole . http://www.nordicwalkingeastkent.co.uk/all-about-nordic-walking/nordic-walking-gear/how-to-choose-the-right-nordic-walking-pole/

Stewart, Gill. Choosing Nordic Walking poles – a useful guide! 25 November 2013. http://www.nordicwalking.co.uk/blog/2013/11/choosing-nordic-walking-poles-a-useful-guide/

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Choosing a Nordic Walking Pole (2022)? ›

Reviewed & Approved. The American Nordic Walking System SWIX of Norway Nordic Walking Poles are our best overall pick because they are solid, one-piece poles customizable to your height. If you're looking for a more portable option that's easy to pack, the York Nordic Ultralight Folding Walking Poles are a good choice.

What size Nordic pole do I need? ›

70% of your overall height is the recommended length for your Nordic walking poles. The rule of thumb is that your elbow should bend at a 90 degree angle when the pole is perpendicular to the ground (the elbow should be glued to the waist and pole tip touching the ground).

What should I look for when buying a walking pole? ›

Find the right length: You're aiming for a 90-degree bend at your elbow when pole tips touch the ground. Choose features: Adjustability, foldability, shock absorption, weight and locking mechanisms (for adjustable poles) are just some of the features and options that will guide your buying choice.

How do I know what size walking pole to get? ›

Generally speaking, walking poles should be the height from the top of your palm (when your arm is down by your side) with your forearm held out in front of you at 90 degrees to your body. Essentially the top of the handle should be at waist/hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.

What are some disadvantages of Nordic walking? ›

Some of the disadvantages of Nordic walking include the costly expenses, risk of tripping, complex and time-consuming techniques, discomfort, and interruption of other simple activities.

What should I look for in a Nordic walking pole? ›

Often Nordic Walking poles have an ergonomically shaped handle, and are left and right hand specific. A removable shaped rubber 'paw' covers the tungsten carbide tip of the pole to facilitate walking on hard surfaces such as pavements. A good quality pole will have an element of carbon in their composition.

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Trekking poles are almost always used in pairs. There is also something called a hiking staff (also known as a hiking stick) that is a single pole. Most hikers go with two trekking poles over a hiking staff. I think the pair just provides more benefits.

What is the difference between a walking stick and a trekking stick? ›

4 Nordic walking poles are more sporty and work better on smoother terrain, including hills and most coastal paths. Trekking poles are better for rocky, uneven and mountainous terrain.

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Where is Nordic walking most popular? ›

By the 1990s, Nordic walking had become popular beyond European shores, spreading to North America, where it continues to gain in popularity across the United States and Canada. Many scientific studies have confirmed the health benefits of Nordic walking.

Are trekking poles a gimmick? ›

Trekking poles are not a strictly necessary piece of gear, but many choose to take them on their hikes because they provide a lot of benefits. Poles take a lot of strain off your joints while you hike and can help you maintain balance through various types of tricky terrain.

Is Nordic walking safe for seniors? ›

Nordic walking involves not only the muscles from your lower body but also those from your arms and upper back in order to move the poles. It is a safe and effective exercise for healthy older adults and in people with chronic health conditions.

Is Nordic walking good for knees? ›

Nordic walking is a low impact exercise that produces less load on the joints and increases muscle strength, which may help reduce arthritis pain ( 15 , 21 ). In fact, low intensity and low impact exercise may be just as good of an option for those with arthritis.

How long should my hiking pole be? ›

Generally speaking walking poles should be the height from the top of your palm (when your arm is down by your side) with your forearm held out in front of you at 90 degrees to your body. Essentially the top of the handle should be at waist/hip level and your elbow at 90 degrees.

What is the best height for walking sticks? ›

Here's a good rule on sizing: Standing with your arms at your side, the stick should be about 6 or 8 inches taller than your elbow. Pick a longer stick if you'll be tackling steep terrain. If you're really just planning on walking with your stick, a shorter one will do.

What is the correct height for a trekking pole? ›

With a fixed trekking pole, you need to pick one that is best for your height. Generally, the top of the pole should be 6 to 8 inches above your elbow when standing straight up. If you have an adjustable pole, make it so when you hold the pole, your elbow also creates a 90-degree angle while hiking on flat sections.

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Nordic walking associations around the world seem to agree that technically if a pole doesn’t have straps and doesn’t have angled rubber feet, then while it may be a fine pole for some kind of walking, and even though the maker of it may say it’s for Nordic walking, that it’s not technically, actually a Nordic walking pole.. Exerstrider poles, which are strapless poles made in the US, would therefore not be strictly classed as Nordic walking poles, though they are considered very good for other forms of fitness walking.. Urban Poling poles made in Canada, also being strapless, would seem to fall into the category of being fitness walking poles like Exerstriders.. Some poles are half way between, in that they have wrist straps but ones that seem more designed to prevent you dropping the poles rather than being necessarily a means of pushing the poles as the straps are on most Nordic poles.. Some makers of Nordic walking poles do call their strapless poles Nordic walking poles, even though others would say they are not.. Fixed length Fixed-length poles are just that: poles which are a set length, and are all one piece of pole.. Fans of fixed-length poles say that they are generally lighter in weight than adjustable poles, and that they like the feel of the poles as they swing.. Adjustable Adjustable poles have sections that you pull out to make the pole longer, or push in to make the pole shorter.. For adjustable poles, that is the length to set your poles to.. When the pole is the right length, then when you are holding the pole, with the pole angled back so that the tip of the pole is by your foot, then your arm should be bent at 90 degrees plus a bit more downwards — that is, about 100 degrees down.. Some people say, if you are only going to have one set of poles, make it an adjustable set, because then you can adjust the length and use the poles for all kinds of exercise walking other than Nordic.

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Should I buy fixed length, adjustable or travel poles?. What do I want my Nordic walking poles for?. Foldable and travel poles are fabulous in many respects but their tip systems don’t make them well suited for winter walking in the UK.. Adjustable poles One adjustment either in the middle of the shaft (called an ‘adjustable’ pole) or near the top (called an ‘extendable’ pole). Good if you:. Don’t know what height pole you need;. Want to share your poles with others;. Want flexibility to increase your pole height.. Generally heavier than fixed length poles and not as nice to use (extendable poles excepted).. Travel poles A three piece pole with two adjustment/break points.. Same disadvantages as adjustable poles – except that foldable poles are very light.. The ‘rule of thumb’ formula : Hold the pole vertically beside you with your elbow tucked into your side (make sure you grasp the handle at the point where the strap meets the pole).. Joint mobility – if you’ve had a hip replacement for instance you will probably want a shorter pole; Limb proportion – your leg-to-torso proportion impacts on your pole length which is why most instructors use the ‘rule of thumb’ formula; Posture – Your posture may well improve with Nordic walking and you may end up needing longer poles; Stride length and fitness.. It’s why trekking poles, with their thin looped straps, don’t work as a Nordic walking pole.. The way the strap attaches to the pole differs between makes and models and could be a factor influencing which pole you buy.. A paw that remains attached to the pole is also useful if you don’t want to get mucky hands taking it on and off (but it makes the pole heavier and can affect the swing weight).. BudgetMid-rangeTop qualityFixed length poles Gabel X-2 Carbon (£44.95) 35% carbonLeki Flash carbon (£69.95) 70% carbonExel Nordic Pro Straight/Curve. (£135/£145). 100% carbon Adjustable poles Leki Spin Superlock (£54.95) aluminiumLeki Instructor Carbon Lite (£79.95) carbon/aluminiumLeki Speed Pacer Vario (£125). 100% carbon Travel poles Gabel Fusion (£49.95) aluminiumLeki Traveller Carbon (£122). 100% carbonLeki MicroTrailstick/Trail Vario (£125/£135). 100% carbon Poles if you’re tall Leki 100% Carbon Genius 130-150cm £99Contact info@bristolnordicwalking.co.uk for details of where to buy or if you have any other questions.

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1 How to Choose Nordic Walking Poles 2 How to Use Nordic Walking Sticks Properly 3 Exercise Recommendations for Osteoporosis 4 Health Benefits of Nordic Walking 5 Nordic Walking Straps 6 Exercise Recommendations for Osteoporosis 7 Nordic Walking With Weighted Vest or Backpack 8 References 9 Osteoporosis Exercise Plan. Nordic Walking Pole Length Adjustment Collapsible Nordic Walking Poles Hand Grips Shock Absorption Pole Length. Hand Placement You will feel pressure through your hand from the hand grip as you push on the Nordic Pole.. Nordic Walking Hand Grip Sleeves Some hand grips have a sleeve to accommodate your hand.. The third step is to put weight through your arms as you are Nordic Pole walking.. (Video) How to use Nordic Walking poles?. If you do not use Nordic Pole straps you will need to have enough hand grip strength to hold the poles throughout your walk.. I tell these clients that Nordic Walking will allow them to walk much further than they could without the support of the poles.

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The Filfeel Trekking Hiking Walking Pole Replacement Tips make trekking in harsh environments easy with a durable but lightweight rubber design and a universal fit.. The Montem Trekking Pole Nordic Walking Fitness Tip Protectors with Montem Outdoor Gear and they use a durable rubber to protect the metal of your tips and improve your grip.. view at amazon The rugged design on the bottom to enhance performance and increase stability Designed specifically for Nordic trekking poles Very lightweight at just 0.6 ounces One-year limited warranty Very shock absorbent. Our next pick for the best Nordic walking pole tips is the highly durable Montem Trekking Pole Nordic Walking Fitness Tip Protectors, featuring a pack of 2 tips designed from high quality vulcanized rubber.. We also like that these Nordic walking poles are made to hold up against high impact walking on very hard surfaces to absorb some of the shocks of movement.. The pack of 10 means that you won’t have to go out and pick up another replacement pack anytime soon.. The Pacemaker Stix Rubber Tips are some of the best Nordic walking pole tips available due to their vulcanized rubber material and paw-like design that offers premiums grip and traction for just about any terrain you’re going to be trekking on.. view at amazon Fits most brands of poles Offers great traction on terrains like rocky areas, roads, and pavement Integrated metal washers for durability and protection Lowers noise Reduces damage to the terrain. By protecting the built-in carbide or metal tips with rubber tips, you’ll not only greatly increase the longevity of your Nordic walking pole components, but get the most out of your investment to ensure you don’t have to run out and buy replacements all the time.. You should select walking pole tips designed from premium or vulcanized rubber that will fit with ease over the built-in metal or carbide tips while being durable enough to hold up against the impact of exercise.

If you want to gain the full benefits of Nordic walking you need the RIGHT type of poles that are the RIGHT size for you Nordic Walking is all about PROPULSION so unlike typical trekking poles which are designed for STABILITY, Nordic walking poles are used at an angle and the walker pushes into either

Nordic Walking is all about PROPULSION so unlike typical trekking poles which are designed for STABILITY, Nordic walking poles are used at an angle and the walker pushes into either a specific STRAP or a ‘POWER CORE LEDGE’ in order to harness the power of the poles.. A Nordic walking strap (usually detachable). At NWUK we always advise adjustable poles unless you are CERTAIN that the length is correct for you.. ADJUSTABLE Nordic walking poles typically come in either two or three pieces.. Another common mechanism is the CLIP LOCK adjuster which is similar to adjustments used on other sporting equipment.. The Nordic Walking UK website has a full range of Nordic walking poles – all of which come in pairs, with straps and paws.

People ask us "which Nordic Walking poles should I buy?". It's a tough question to answer, as there are so many factors that should influence a purchase.

LEKI Lenhart GmbH Many people ask us “which Nordic Walking poles should I buy?”.. Adjustable pole – LEKI Lenhart GmbH Adjustable poles come in two or three sections, which allows the user to change the length and then clamp the sections together.. The Super Lock clamp is still in use in some of the current range of Leki poles, but is an older type of clamp.. The difference between the heaviest poles and the lightest is minimal and in some ways the lighter poles are not good for most walkers.. Pure or 100% carbon is the latest material in Leki Nordic Walking poles.

Don’t be confused by the myths that Nordic walking poles must be fixed and carbon! We are Nordic Walking experts and have thousands of Instructors around the UK who help us to recommend poles to their clients. Our lovely Nordic Walkers generally opt for ADJUSTABLE poles if they can afford them and without doubt, the most

Don’t be confused by the myths that Nordic walking poles must be fixed and carbon!. Our lovely Nordic Walkers generally opt for ADJUSTABLE poles if they can afford them and without doubt, the most popular model is the Leki Supreme Shark which is neither carbon or fixed length!. Yes, fixed poles provide slightly less vibration but unless you are Nordic walking for several miles a day that’s unlikely to be an issue and the risk with a fixed length pole will always be that it may just be slightly too long or too short for you as they only come in 5 cm increments.. If you are confident about the length of pole that you require we have some special edition Nordic Walking UK poles that are amazing value See the Gabel stride light poles poles which are only £29.95 a pair ( Need two pairs?. (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 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 like Norstix and go for the established makes like Leki, Gabel,Swix and Kompardell – these companies actually manufacture ski poles too and have invested hugely in the development of their products.. – If you know you would like to take the poles abroad or even on the bus, you may wish to look for telescopic poles such as the adaptable Gabel Fusion at £64.95 or the ultimate in carbon luxury the Leki traveller carbon. Other poles we recommend to the recreational Nordic Walker are the Leki Supreme shark (of course) and the Gabel Stretch – both are adjustable, affordable and perfectly suitable for those learning the technique and participating in regular Nordic walks.

The simple wooden walking stick has gone high-tech! This is a quick look at why you might want a walking pole, and what sort of features to look for when you are choosing one.

There's four main reasons to use walking pole of some type:. The Nordic walking style poles especially focus on this.. Walking poles are normally used in pairs, and tend to be the most popular type nowadays.. A walking staff is a single pole.. Nordic poles are specialist walking poles, used with a technique more like cross country skiing.. For walking poles and staffs, you would normally be holding them so that your elbow is at 90 degrees when the pole is held upright on the ground.. Being able to quickly adjust the height, either by adjusting the pole or how you hold it, allows you to use them more effectively.. Some poles, especially staffs, will have an extended foam grip allowing you to hold it at different points which is much faster than stopping to adjust height if you are on variable terrain.. Height adjusters allow you to easily lock the pole to the height you want.. Most only move a small amount, but it's enough to reduce the sudden impact force on your wrists and shoulders, especially downhill Wrist straps stop you losing your poles down a scree slope.. Tips can be hard spikes for digging into earth and sand, with carbide being more durable than steel, or rubber for grip on tarmac or stone - most poles can have a rubber tip fitted over the spike to convert them.. Modern materials like carbon fibre give lighter poles which reduce fatigue in use, and smaller size folding poles allows you to get them in a pack more easily.

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Updated April 15, 2022. Being a frequent mountain climber myself, I can tell you that trekking poles are a great piece of equipment you should consider adding to your adventure-gear collection.. Whether you’re a walker, hiker, camper, backpacker, or trail runner, using a pair of trekking poles during your outdoor adventure can be almost like adding another pair of legs to your body.. So what, really, are the benefits of using trekking poles on your adventures?. Personally, my trekking poles enhance my stability when I go over river crossings, increase my pace per mile, and protect my knees on the descent.. Using trekking poles can also improve cardiovascular endurance, aid your posture while you move, and decrease exhaustion.. How useful trekking poles will be to you will depend on the quality of the ones you buy, which is why we decided to recommend some of the best trekking poles you can get online right now.. ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT

How we Picked the Top walking poles for seniors

#PreviewProductScore1 Aihoye Trekking Poles, Collapsible Lightweight…Buy on Amazon 2 Trekking Poles Collapsible Nordic Hiking…Buy on Amazon 3 TrailBuddy Trekking Poles – Adjustable…Buy on Amazon 4 Brazos Trekking Pole, Hiking Pole,…Buy on Amazon 5 Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles…Buy on Amazon 6 Foxelli Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles…Buy on Amazon 7 Real Nordic Walking Poles from…Buy on Amazon 8 Trekking Walking Hiking Poles Adjustable…Buy on Amazon 9 Women’s Collapsible Hiking Poles -…Buy on Amazon 10 Folding Trekking Poles- 2 Pack…Buy on Amazon. ✔High Quality – The Collapsible Hiking Sticks Are Made Of Premium Quality Aviation Aluminum, Each Poles Only Weights 10.8 Oz,Which Is Sturdy, Lightweight And Easy To Adjust, This Trekking Poles are Retractable From 24” to 55”, Fit The Needs of Men, Women And Kids Hiking Trips.. Lightweight: These hiking poles are crafted with strong aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum, tougher than carbon fiber yet weighing almost 4oz less than your average trekking poles for hiking.. These walking sticks are wear-resistant and help enhance balance, stability, and endurance to explore the beauty of nature TREKKING POLE SIZING RECOMMENDATIONS: If under 4’5″ a 41-inch stick is recommended; if under 5’4″ a 48-inch stick is recommended; If between 5’4″ and 5’11” a 55-inch stick is recommended and if over 5’11” a 58-inch stick is recommended. HIGH QUALITY STRONG VALUE – Built with “Aircraft Grade” aluminum that can withstand more force, is highly durable, and vital when hiking rocky terrain and frigid temperatures LIGHTWEIGHT & VERSATILE – 10.4 oz or LESS THAN a pound – Our aluminum poles provide hikers, walkers, back packers, campers and many more the best option for a lightweight strong pole.. You will feel the difference when on long hikes or daily walks QUICK LOCK & EXTENDABLE – Our quick lock will support you during all your adventures, it is easy to use and reliable for holding the pole at the desired height ranging from 26”- 54” SUPREME COMFORT – CORK GRIPS provide comfort, lower the vibration as you step, and wicks away sweat.. Poles also include tungsten carbide tips and adjustable wrist straps BONUS TIP KIT – includes snow baskets, sand/ mud baskets, rubber boot tips, rubber tips, trekking pole clip and a carry bag.. 100% CARBON FIBER: Foxelli Trekking Poles (also known as Nordic walking poles or hiking sticks) are made from 100% carbon fiber material, which is known for its incredible lightness.. These 1-Piece Walking Poles Are Tough Enough For Athletes, Fitness Walking, Hiking And Trekking – Making Them The Logical And Safest Choice For Seniors And Individuals With Balance Issues too.. These Walking Poles Are Made In Real Ski Pole Factories And Are Not Cheap Flimsy Twist/Flip-Locking Collapsible Poles From China.. These #1 Rated Walking Poles Include Removable Nordic Walking Rubber Tips/Asphalt Paws For Hard Surfaces – Pavement,Cement, Indoor & Outdoor Tracks, In The Mall, Carpet, Tile, ……… These Are The Best Poles For Use In The City, On Pavement, For Those In Physical Therapy, For Athletes, Hikers, Fitness Walkers, ……... Comfortable – Ergonomic grips, lightweight aluminum, an extra wide padded wrist strap and an anti shock feature in each poles helps make our hiking poles the most comfortable poles you will use.. Extras – Each pole comes with 2 rubber tips plus 2 spares (4 tips total), a carbide tip (built into each pole) and 2 mud baskets giving you all the essentials you need to get started hiking today Lightweight & Durable – Our poles are made of lightweight 6061 aluminum weighing in at approximately 12.4 ounces per pole (with tips).. These trekking poles accommodate your body type, height and weight, allowing you to make adjustments to the pole’s height when you feel the need.. If you’re still unsure which type of walking poles for seniors is best for you, I recommend comparing the characteristics and functionalities of the walking poles for seniors listed above.

How we Picked the Top nordic walking sticks for seniors

#PreviewProductScore1 TheFitLife Nordic Walking Trekking Poles…Buy on Amazon 2 TheFitLife Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles…Buy on Amazon 3 Trekking Poles Collapsible Nordic Hiking…Buy on Amazon 4 ACTIVATOR™ Poles for Balance and…Buy on Amazon 5 Real Nordic Walking Poles from…Buy on Amazon 6 Nordic Walking Carbon VIP Poles…Buy on Amazon 7 Women’s Collapsible Hiking Poles -…Buy on Amazon 8 York Nordic Walking Poles -…Buy on Amazon 9 York Nordic Walking Poles -…Buy on Amazon 10 Aihoye Trekking Poles, Collapsible Lightweight…Buy on Amazon. Anti shock/ shock, absorbing poles: With the High Quality 6 Series Aluminum Material, the Shock-Absorbing Effect Can Strongly Reduce Damage From the Impact Force Extra long eva foam handles with straps: Soft and Comfortable, Absorbs Moisture From Sweaty Hands and Very Comfortable to Hold Built to last: We use 6 series Aluminum to make the Strongest & Lightest Poles in the Outdoor Market Extendable: Our poles feature our Quick Lock so you can collapse or extend your poles from 26″ (65 cm) all the way to 53″ (135 cm) quickly.. These 1-Piece Walking Poles Are Tough Enough For Athletes, Fitness Walking, Hiking And Trekking – Making Them The Logical And Safest Choice For Seniors And Individuals With Balance Issues too.. These Walking Poles Are Made In Real Ski Pole Factories And Are Not Cheap Flimsy Twist/Flip-Locking Collapsible Poles From China.. These #1 Rated Walking Poles Include Removable Nordic Walking Rubber Tips/Asphalt Paws For Hard Surfaces – Pavement,Cement, Indoor & Outdoor Tracks, In The Mall, Carpet, Tile, ……… These Are The Best Poles For Use In The City, On Pavement, For Those In Physical Therapy, For Athletes, Hikers, Fitness Walkers, ……... We are dedicated to the fact that one-piece poles are safer and lighter than cheap/flimsy 2-piece and 3-piece collapsible twist-locking poles Patented comfortable Nordic Walking straps – don’t get scammed by crappy straps from China Durable carbide tips (trail, beach, snow & ice) plus removable rubber tips for indoor use and outdoors on pavement and other hard surfaces.. HIGH QUALITY NORDIC WALKING POLES: 2 pack of adjustable walking / hiking / trekking poles with classic Nordic style cork grip that has a glove that slides over your hand.. If you are interested in a Trek Grip, please see ASIN B08ZBVZLRY NORDIC STYLE GRIP: Securely connects to your poles with a quick-release thumb button, easy on/off velcro strap with ergonomicaly shaped thicker grip for comfort ADJUSTABLE & COLLAPSIBLE: Telescoping poles adjust from 32″ to 54″ using new exclusive flip lock – better than twist locks.. These are Nordic Style grips for classic Nordic walking FROM YORK NORDIC: Great Customer Service, 5 year warranty on poles, Free access to training videos.. HIGH QUALITY NORDIC WALKING POLES: 2 pack of adjustable walking / hiking / trekking poles with classic Nordic style cork grip that has a glove that slides over your hand.. If you are interested in a Trek Grip, please see ASIN B08ZBVZLRY NORDIC STYLE GRIP: Securely connects to your poles with a quick-release thumb button, easy on/off velcro strap with ergonomicaly shaped thicker grip for comfort ADJUSTABLE & COLLAPSIBLE: Telescoping poles adjust from 32″ to 54″ using new exclusive flip lock – better than twist locks.. These are Nordic Style grips for classic Nordic walking FROM YORK NORDIC: Great Customer Service, 5 year warranty on poles, Free access to training videos.. ✔High Quality – The Collapsible Hiking Sticks Are Made Of Premium Quality Aviation Aluminum, Each Poles Only Weights 10.8 Oz,Which Is Sturdy, Lightweight And Easy To Adjust, This Trekking Poles are Retractable From 24” to 55”, Fit The Needs of Men, Women And Kids Hiking Trips.. If you’re still unsure which type of nordic walking sticks for seniors is best for you, I recommend comparing the characteristics and functionalities of the nordic walking sticks for seniors listed above.

You may think walking poles are an unnecessary accessory for hiking - but a lightweight, collapsible pair will help lessen the stress of hiking on your joints and keep you steady while out on the trail

Best walking poles for hiking from Decathlon, Craghopper, Regatta. A great pair of hiking or trekking poles will work to support your joints, minimising the risk of trips, slips and falls and generally increasing and improving stability and confidence when out on longer hikes.. You may be familiar with ‘Nordic walking’ - it began life as a means of cross-country training for skiers in the summer month, but essentially it is walking with the aid of walking poles strapped to the wrist.. The best thing about this method of walking is that it engages the full body - by walking with walking poles, you engage 90% of your body’s major muscles, rather than the 45% utilised during regular walking.. While Nordic walking purists will point out that there are dedicated ‘Nordic walking poles’, in essence, standard walking poles perform the same function in terms of turning walking into a full body work-out.. Cheaper poles are fine for day-trippers and occasional hikers, but if you’re serious about your walking, a pair of lightweight, ideally carbon fibre poles that are easy to adjust are worth forking out a little more for.. We enjoyed the carbide pole tips, which although fairly standard across a range of high-performance trekking poles, increase stability and durability when faced with hard rock or ice surfaces.. As a basic intro to the trekking pole world, this will add support, comfort and confidence-inspiring safety to your everyday hikes or dog walks.. Buy now You may think walking poles are an unnecessary accessory for hiking - but a lightweight, collapsible pair will help lessen the stress of hiking on your joints and keep you steady while out on the trail

Discover the best nordic walking poles for 2021 in this ultimate review and comparison. We countdown the top poles and sticks so you can make the most out of any nordic walking adventure.

Beginners can get their hands on a trusted and reliable pole, while experienced walkers can upgrade their poles to this highly rated Nordic walking pole.. If you take Nordic walking seriously, then poles like this are want you need.. Nordic walking poles (or Nordic walking sticks), are used for Nordic walking.. Something to bear in mind is the subtle but notable differences between Nordic walking poles and regular trekking poles.. Nordic walking poles, however, are used for the whole walk, as part of the activity.. Nordic walking poles will have a gloves that attaches to the poles for use.. If you are serious about Nordic walking then investing in an ultra-light pair of poles will reap benefit when you’re out walking.. Nordic walking poles are often shorter than trekking poles.. This is because of the walking technique used during Nordic walking and the poles being used for forward momentum as opposed to balance and support.

How can you make walking a better overall workout without feeling like you are exerting any more energy? How can you overcome the slouching, neck and shoulder pain many get from working at desks and computers? Across Europe, millions of people have taken up Nordic walking to give them a good workout...

Nordic walking uses two specially designed poles to work the upper body while walking.. Unlike regular walking, walking with poles engages the arms, shoulders, and back muscles with a brisk, pumping motion in each step.. Nordic walking has even been found to increase upper body muscle strength better than resistance training.. Correct arm motion can relieve neck and shoulder tension while toning upper body muscles.. There are different glove or strap release systems.. With the Nordic walking technique, the walker does not need to grip the pole at all, it travels via the strap/glove.. Check the pole for a good locking system that is easy to adjust yet resists loosening accidentally.

Discover our complete guide and reviews to the best shoes for nordic walking of 2022. Find the best rated best shoes for nordic walking with great sole flexibility from this roundup review.

Great for wilderness treks Comfortable and sturdy design Offers fantastic shock absorption Rubber soles for good gripping Removable insoles and midsoles. The shoe sports mesh lining for enhanced ventilation and breathability, while featuring removable midsoles and insoles.. view at amazon Very comfortable and sturdy Perfect for wider feet Works on a range of terrain types Removable insert for arch support Leather design. Our next pick for the best shoes for Nordic walking is another product by New Balance, the Men’s MW840v2 Walking Shoe.. view at amazon Functional yet stylish options Durable rubber soles that offer great traction Spacious toe box Leather upper Perforated elements for breathability and quality ventilation. Our final pick for the best shoes for Nordic walking is the Asics Men’s Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe, designed to be very stabilizing while still being incredibly lightweight to wear.. The best shoes for Nordic walking offer fantastic sole support.

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If you’re new to poles, you may think that using only one is the way to go.. Yes, poles can take a bit of getting used to.. If you do actually have a bad leg or hip, and already use a single pole when you walk, note that your other leg/hip will thank you if you start using two poles instead.. It’s worth paying a bit more for a good brand which will mean lighter weight poles, a comfortable moulded hand and a built-in shock absorption mechanism.. In cheaper poles (and even some of the more expensive ones), these mechanisms often fail and stop locking properly, especially once you make the mistake of extending your pole sections a bit too far.. Here, the sections of the poles are joined together by a flexible rubber connection and simply lock into place when you extend the poles to their full length.. You can’t adjust the length of the poles, and you’ll need to buy the right length poles for your height.. You can adjust the length to be a bit shorter when you go uphill, and a bit longer when you go downhill if you want (or just reposition your hands a bit further down or further up the pole grips themselves – some poles have a padded section below the main hand grip to allow you to do this).. What’s the best way for me to use my poles?. It’s a short motion and you want to keep your poles pointed in the direction you are wanting to go, or rather, in the direction, you are wanting your poles to push you.. Good quality trekking poles will also have a bit of an anti-shock spring mechanism built into them – you should feel a bit of a “bounce” when you push the tip of the pole down onto the ground.. and with straps on, you can’t drop the walking poles.. They make the impact of your trekking pole tips a lot gentler (you’ll feel that in your arms) and can give you a far more secure walking pole placement by reducing the unexpected skidding of your poles that can happen when you put the bare metal tips on rock.

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