You’ll need a pair of Nordic walking poles which are different from those used for trekking due to the technique of how you use the strap and the way in which you plant them at the right angle on the ground.
Nordic walking poles resemble ski poles as they have many features in common, such as baskets at the bottom, rubber-padded handles and wrist straps. They are specially designed in a one-piece non-adjustable and in varying lengths matching to your height and telescoping two or three piece twist-locking versions of adjustable length. One piece poles are generally stronger and lighter, but must be matched to the user height.
Nordic walking poles feature a range of grips and wrist-straps. The straps eliminate the need to tightly grasp the grips. As with many trekking poles, Nordic walking poles come with removable rubber tips for use on hard surfaces and hardened metal tips for trails, the beach, snow and ice. Most poles are made from lightweight aluminum, carbon fiber, or composite materials.
Fixed length Nordic Walking poles are typically light and they provide the best functionality through a better swing weight and most security (without collapsing). Adjustable poles are not recommended for people with an infirm grip or balance problems as there is always a risk that adjustable poles, if not tightened correctly, can collapse and may cause a fall.
A good quality Nordic Walking Poles is made from carbon composites which make it a lighter and stiffer pole with a good shock absorbing properties protecting your joints. This is particularly important for walking on hard surfaces such as pavement and for all high intensity training. Nordic Walking poles are proven to be safer and more durable than the extendable two or three sections trekking poles.
It is important when purchasing Nordic Walking poles, to ensure that you choose the matching length pole according to your height. The chart below shows the recommended pole length for your height in centimetres.
To verify whether you are really working each part of your body, it is important that the used poles sizes are matching well to your length. They must feel like they are an extension of your arm all the way down to the pole paws pushed to the ground propelling your body forward and allowing a correct technique.
In order to calculate the correct pole size for you, please multiply your height (in centimetres) by 0.68, and then round up or down to the nearest 5cm. For example; if your height is 165 cm (5’6″) x 0.68 = 114 cm then choose 115cm pole. To help you obtain your recommended Pole size, you may check your height using the below table.
Trekking poles (also known as Travel poles, hiking sticks or walking poles) are a commonly used hiking accessory to help walkers maintain a stable walking rhythm on rough and rocky terrain.
Trekking poles are similar ski poles since they have many features in common, such as baskets at the bottom, wrist straps rubber-padded handles. Their maximum length is usually 135 cm, however, they differ from ski poles as they are not fixed but mostly existing in two or three collapsible sections that can be extended and retracted as needed for storage or transport during travel and they may be attached to the backpack.
Trekking Poles such as LEKI Travel Poles have an outstanding easily adjustable grip and support with best safety and performance outcome. LEKI poles, with the Aergon grips, folding lightweight with the smallest backpack size are recommended. They are also the ideal of poles for walking vertical meters (climbing mountains).
The difference between Nordic Walking and Trekking Poles is mainly due to the strap and the handle. As shown in the photo, the Nordic Walking pole has a strap attached to the handle and is fixed to the pole in the same way as the skiing poles.
Since Nordic Walking originated from Cross country skiing, the pole is planted at an angle rather than in front of the walker which requires a push from within the strap. Those who have learned correctly the Nordic Walking technique will notice that they can also use the steps of the technique when trekking and they feel as comfortable with their technique if they plant the poles further forward and more upright.
What difference do the poles make?
When properly used, the poles take the weight off the knees and lower body joints – this makes you feel lighter on your feet.
What’s the technique?
You move in a similar way to ordinary walking and swing your arms from your shoulder with your elbows straight – think of a soldier marching. To get the full benefits and avoid injury, training lessons are advised to be taken to get the basic technique.
• Ergonomically designed, supports the hand
• No need to squeeze, blood circulation not hindered
• Pole stays in hand also when it is not held by hand
• Adjustments for different types of gloves and sizes of hand
• Detachable for washing
• Light and slightly flexible material
• Can take the weight of different terrain and walkers varying weights
• Well-designed spike which sinks into the ground in the right angle
• Hard metal spikes are used in soft terrain and on icy and covered with snow surfaces in the winter
• The tarmac paw softens the jolt and is used on harder surfaces.