There are many options for quality Nordic walking poles. Keep in mind that equipment is designed for specific purposes and you are looking for a Nordic walking pole not a hiking pole or ski pole. It really does make a difference. So if you do a search on the internet be specific about Nordic Walking poles so you don’t get lost in Trekking poles. See my post on the differences in poles for more information.
Be prepared to spend $100-$200 for a pair of Nordic Walking poles. You want to make sure you have a pole that is safe to use, includes a quality rubber tip, comfortable strap, has warranty and replaceable parts. This is an investment in equipment that should serve you well for years to come. Make a good decision now for the equipment you will use for many years to come.
There really isn’t a “beginner” or “advanced” performing pole. You will receive all the benefits of Nordic Walking from any of the poles recommended below. Your actual workout will come from your technique for applying pressure to the pole tip to maximize the upper body workout. the Instructor and the Carbon Traveller will be nicer to have in your hands. I like to say they are better dance partners.
You don’t want to go into this thinking you’ll buy a less expensive pole and then upgrade when you’re more experienced. A pair of poles will last for several years, replacing tips as needed, about once per season for most people. All LEKI poles have replaceable parts so if you lose a strap or the dog eats it you can get a new one. LEKI has outstanding Customer Service and you will take to a live person with any issues you have. I use LEKI and UrbanPoling exclusively in all of my programs and truly believe that they are the best poles available
It’s difficult to find Nordic walking poles being sold in local retail shops. Many shops will carry hiking or trekking poles but we know there is a difference and so you will most probably end up surfing the internet to find your poles.
I sell both LEKI Nordic Walking poles and also use Urbanpoling Activators in my Parkinson’s programs. Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing and I can help you make the best decision for you based on your walking style and budget. You can also order on line at www.LEKI.com for all LEKI poles and www.urbanpoling for their poles.
LEKI Nordic Walking poles –
All models come with straps, trigger release, rubber tips with a carbide tip underneath and the speedlock for safe and effective adjustments.
The main difference is the material that they are made out of from the SPIN and Traveller Alu- all aluminum, to the Instructor – part carbon fiber part aluminum to the Carbon Traveller – all carbon.
SPIN – fully adjustable high strength aluminum pole, features LEKI’s Trigger Shark grip and strap system and the SpeedLock adjustment $129.95
Instructor Lite -The Instructor Lite is a fully adjustable pole that combines high strength aluminum and 100% Carbon shafts for added stability and balance, Trigger Shark strap system and the next generation SpeedLock2 lock adjustment system. $159.95
Traveller Carbon – 100% carbon adjustable pole collapses to 22 inches for easy travel. Trigger 3 strap and Super Lock adjustment system. $219.95
LEKI Aluminum Traveller – All Aluminum 3 part adjustable pole, compacts to 22 inches for travel. Trigger 3 strap and Super lock adjustment system $159.99