Purchasing Nordic Walking Poles

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

41 Responses to Purchasing Nordic Walking Poles

  1. Sharon Spratt says:

    I have had my Nordic polls for maybe 10 years and the straps are really worn out. Would be interested in seeing what is out there right now. Would like to make an appointment with an experienced person knowledgeable in the proper fit of polls. Sharon Spratt 952-447-3879

    • Linda says:

      Hi Sharon! A couple of options for you. Judging from your area code I’m assuming you are in the Minneapolis area. I would be happy to meet up with you next week when I get back to Minnesota or Hoigaards in St Louis Park carries LEKI Nordic Walking poles and should be able to help you out.

  2. Ron Koczaja says:

    I am looking for LEKI Traveller Nordic Poles(NW6352601).Do you have access to any?

    • Linda says:

      Hi Ron! I love my LEKI Traveller poles! It really is my favorite pole to walk with and my husband would agree with me. I am currently in Bozeman Montana but will be returning home next Thursday for the summer in Minnesota. I believe that I have travellers in my stock there and would be happy to help you out with a pair if you can wait a week.

  3. Dan Warneke says:

    Hi Linda; enjoyed your presentation at the StCloud Library this week; couldnt wait to try out the poles. I am confused by the wide variety of poles available. My wife says I need them but Im trying to be frugal at the same time. Help

  4. Maren Lundquist says:

    Hello, I have a pair of Excel walking poles that I bought in Sweden 8 years ago. I love them but the carbide tips have worn off! I can’t find any replacement parts for Excel poles anywhere on the web. I live on the Iron Range now (I used to live in Minnetonka and once went to a clinic you had there). The poles are otherwise fine. I have replaced the rubber tips a couple of times. Can you help?

    • Linda says:

      Hi Maren,
      I’m sorry for the delay in responding to your request. Excel poles are tricky as their Nordic Walking poles are not sold in the US at this time. You might check with a Nordic ski shop that carries Excel to see if they can help. In the meantime I will check with my fellow Nordic Walkers in Canada to see if they can help.

  5. Deanna Hunt says:

    Thank you so much for this! I was looking on Amazon to purchase poles and then decided to find a coach and help with Nordic Walking. That’s when I found you! If I’m ever in the Minnesota area I will reach out 🙂

  6. Diane Constant says:

    Hello Linda,
    Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley, Minn. gave me your name regarding walking poles. My husband Tom, is a Parkinson’s patient with Doctor Nance.
    He is 6 foot 4 inches ( if he stands up straight, his posture is very bad) & weighs about 250 Lbs. He, of course does not think he needs walking poles. What would you recommend? Are you still giving instructional classes? We live in Princeton, Minn.
    Thank you

  7. Linda says:

    Hi Diane,
    Thank you for your message and thank you to Struthers for passing on my info. I can tell you that my friends Liz and Michael, both with early onset PD will tell you that the poles are a game changer. When mobility improves, quality of life improves and using the poles makes it easier and safer to be mobile. For PD movement is the best defense against the progression of the disease so let’s move! I do indeed do personal/private classes and I live in Cold Spring so it’s pretty easy to find a good place somewhere between us to meet up for a walk and talk about the poles. I think that when you get to try them and feel how much better you stand and walk, obviously your husband gets to make his own decision.
    My phone 952-475-0891. please give me a call tomorrow and lets chat about possibilities. I should be around most of the day.
    Take care and I hope to talk with you soon.

  8. Melissa Holmes says:

    Hello, I’m in Texas and looking to get some walking poles but have no idea how to buy th as I am a beginner. I am 5’2”

    • Linda says:

      Hello Melissa, I apologize for the late response as there was some tech issues with communication on my website.If you have further questions on poles please let me know.

  9. Saul Danoff says:

    surprised you recommend Exerstrider .without straps technique is limited and hands are unnecessary stressed. trying to ease neighbor off Exerstrider a
    towards leki. I understand some people are put off by proper strap use. no experience with gloves. do you have experience with some poor soul hanging themselves during a nordic tragedy. been to toms web and it seems unfortunate. am I missing something. I often use one pole while dog walking without using strap. it is there when I want it. n0t in the way

    • Linda says:

      I would agree with you about the advantage of the strap however there are walkers that have a variety of limitations that getting in and out of straps is a disadvantage. Those walkers are often less mobile, less athletic and may be using the poles in place of a cane or walker to remain active and upright. The grip on the Exerstrider is designed to allow for a relaxed grip and a little different technique but it is a very safe and effective pole for any walker who prefers to not be strapped into the poles.
      For Nordic walking to be inclusive for walkers of all abilities, fitness levels and age it’s nice to have an alternative to the straps.

  10. Lesli says:

    Where can I learn more and purchase walking poles in the Minneapolis. I walk every day and would enjoy the additional benefits of using this equipment.

  11. Linda says:

    Hello Lesli!
    Thank you for your question. Hoigaard’s is the only retail option for poles in the Twin Cities and unfortunately they are out of poles at this time after the article and the great response to it. LEKI poles are available online from Revelsports.com if you’d like to buy from a small business. Amazon is of course another option. I do carry inventory but am currently in Arizona, I live near St Cloud now, so am not available for classes or sales until April. I’d be happy to talk with you more about the differences in poles if that would be helpful. my phone 952-475-0891 or email lindamlemke@gmail.com

  12. Lisa says:

    Thanks for this information.
    Can I use NW poles such as the Traveler Carbon as exerstriding poles for stability while I rehab a new knee? If so, what tips would I use? This would be on paved and cement surfaces (sidewalks, bike trails).

    From what I can tell, NW method isn’t one suggested for stability, but correct me if I am wrong!

    • Linda says:

      Good question Lisa! Nordic Walking poles definitely add stability and balance to your walk. This includes a rehabilitation walk. The poles not only add stability but will help you move into a more natural stride without favoring the weak knee. You can use the LEKI fitness traction tip that came with your poles. If you would like a larger tip they have the rubber fitness walking tip that offers a bit more surface area. With either tip I would recommend using a new one with good traction during rehab. I know my tips that have seen several miles are worn down and less “grippy” on the pavement. Feel free to call me if you’d like to chat about it. 952-475-0891

  13. Theresa says:

    Hi there,

    Can you give more specifics about the differences between the two Leki poles you mentioned? Not sure which ones I should purchaser. I’ve been using a pair of instructor lites on loan, but need to purchase my own.


    • Linda says:

      I’m going to guess that you’re referring to the Instructor Lite and the Carbon Traveller but as the SPIN is also a LEKI pole I’ll include it also.
      The SPIN is an all aluminum, 2 piece adjustable pole, with an older version of their strap and lock system. A little heavier than the Instructor or the Carbon Traveller.
      The LEKI Instructor is their most popular adjustable pole. Part carbon, part aluminum with the new strap and color for 2021.It’s a 2 piece pole.The addition of the carbon makes it lighter and in my opinion the swing weight, ie the way it moves with your arm swing is nicer.
      The LEKI Carbon Traveller is a 3 piece pole so it collapses down to 21.5 inches to fit into a suitcase. It’s my favorite pole to walk with as the carbon makes it very quiet on the trail. The best way to explain it is that it’s the best dance partner.
      All LEKI poles come with warranty and replaceable parts so it’s an investment that will serve you well for many years and miles ahead. If you’re not going to travel with your poles the Instructor Lite is a great choice. But there is no down side to having the Carbon Traveller as your everyday poles.
      Does that help?

  14. Theresa says:

    Thanks, This helps a lot. Do you have poles available for purchase? I’d be interested in the Leki Instructor or the Leki Carbon Traveller.

  15. Greg says:

    Hi Linda!

    I had never ever ever heard of Nordic walking before I saw your videos! I’m in! I live in Washington though, do you ever make it out here? Would love to meet up for a fitting or even a walk.

    • Linda says:

      Good morning Greg! My daughter lives in Washington so we do make it out there. Have a trip planned for September this year. Maybe we could plan to meet up. In the meantime happy to talk about poles and getting started

  16. Kristen says:

    Hi Linda,
    I am so glad I have come across your page! I am trying to lose a lot of weight from pregnancy along with improving my posture and relieving elevated shoulder tension/pain. I am leaning toward the Leki poles because I like the thought of having the added security of the strap. In addition to watching your Youtube videos and educating myself based off your Facebook page, do you have any suggestions (poles, nordic walking advice, etc..) given my current state? Also, I plan to walk more during the evening when my husband can take over baby duties (lol). Do you know of any reflective material/LED lighting that may attach to the poles, or really any suggestions to be more visible in night conditions? I would be so grateful for a response because I have never been so out of shape in my life. I am really looking for a change, the gym just isn’t for me. You have inspired me so much already with all you have done and continue to do. Thank you so much!

  17. Linda says:

    Hi Kristen! I’m so glad that you’ve discovered Nordic walking and I think it will be perfect for meeting your fitness goals. The LEKI Instructor is an excellent pole if you don’t plan on traveling with it, it’s not compact enough for a suitcase. It’s very light and the swing weight and new straps are very nice. In my classes and walking groups it’s the most popular pole. Being adjustable makes it adaptable for all surfaces – pavement, sidewalks, grass, dirt and gravel roads.
    As far as safety for evening walks I’m glad you’re thinking of that. It’s so important as we think cars can see us and they really can’t. Always wear a reflective vest, be sure to buy it big enough to go over a jacket. You can add flashing lights on your poles or on your upper arm. Bike shops and Running stores will have good options for both. If it’s after sunset it’s also helpful to wear a headlight to make it easier for you to see where you’re going. There are some really cool lighted vests now that use colored light tubes for visibility. I’m thinking of getting one of those for the fall when I walk early mornings in the dark. Mostly I think it would be fun!
    If you’re ever in the Twin Cities let me know and we’ll go for a walk together. In the meantime good luck getting started and feel free to reach out with any questions!

    • Kristen says:

      Thanks so much for your response, Linda! The LEKI Instructor sounds like the perfect pole for me. I would love to purchase from you, if you have any available at this time. I really appreciate your suggestions on being more visible at night-since that is the only time I can dedicate to my fitness regimen. The lighted vest and headlight are excellent ideas to be seen for sure! Oh yes, I would love to come visit the Twin Cities as I have never been. Even more so, it would be wonderful to meet you! I hope one day we will! 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you stay safe and well! All the best to you!

  18. Kathy says:

    I just took a Nordic walking class and we used the Leki Instructor. I am wondering if you have it in stock and if so, what is the best way to order it.

    • Linda says:

      Hi Kathy! I’m so glad you’ve discovered Nordic Walking! and yes I have LEKI Instructors in stock. If you live in the Twin Cities area we can meet up for the exchange or I can ship them to you. Please contact me directly to make the arrangements. Lindamlemke@gmail.com or 952-475-0891

  19. Ken Benner says:

    Hi Linda,

    I am interested in the Leki Spin poles. However, I have read many reviews that say the grips are not comfortable, especially after a long walk. What is your opinion on the comfort of the Spin grips?

    Thanks for your help.

  20. Ken Benner says:

    Hi Linda,

    I am interested in the Leki spin poles. I have read reviews of the poles saying the grips are not comfortable, especially on long walks. Do you have any opinion on the Spin grips?


    • Linda says:

      Hi Ken.When Nordic Walking you really aren’t holding onto the grip with any force as you walk so I’m not sure what it is that they are finding uncomfortable about the grip. I’m guessing that it’s not the grip so much as it’s the strap as the SPIN still has the older strap. LEKI upgraded the SPIN a couple years ago to have the same grip as the Instructor Lite and the Traveller poles. The strap is a little stiffer compared to the new ones. Although in my experience it softens with use. You can always purchase the newer strap, but at that point you should just buy the Instructor Lite as the price would be very comparable.
      Does this help?

  21. Ken says:

    I am interested in the Leki Spin Shark SL poles. I am 6 foot 1 inch tall and would like to know if the poles will fit me. If not, are there better options for me?

    Thank You

    • Linda says:

      Hi Ken, Yes the SPIN would fit you. It adjusts from 100-130 so even at your height you will not have it fully extended. It’s a very stable pole and I think it would work very well for you.I have SPINS in stock and Hoigaards may have them as well. We have a POP Up walk next Monday May 16 at 11:00 at Hyland Lake Park Preserve or you can contact me direct for purchase. Lindamlemke@gmail.com

    • Linda says:

      I’m sorry I didn’t answer your full question. Yes the SPIN would fit you. It adjusts from 100-130 so even at your height you will not have it fully extended. It’s a very stable pole and I think it would work very well for you.

  22. Ken says:

    Hi Linda,
    I purchased the Leki Spin shark poles and have been using them for about two months. Where I live, Northeast, Ohio, I see no one other than me Nordic Walking. Hopefully I can start a trend 🙂 I feel I am just know getting my technique correct. How often do you suggest I do Nordic Walking per week? I also do strength training 3 days a week. In my experience it has always been recommended that after resistance training the next day is taken off to rest the muscles worked. Is that the same with Nordic Walking since it incorporates resistance training? Also, how long should my Nordic Walking sessions be? Currently I Nordic walk for 60 minutes three days a week.
    Thank you for your help.

  23. Terrific article however I was looking for more info on the URBANPOLLING as y ou did with the LEKI.

    I am 80 years, young , a man who wants to get into the sport and thinsk it will be great for me. I do have some balance issue’s and Spinal Stenosis that causes some lower back pain.

    Any recommendation as to what Pole I may best be suited for my life style is welcome.

    Again…thank you for posting this great article. It is certainly helpful.

    • Linda says:

      Thank you Andrew, I will work on including UrbanPoling along with the LEKI poles. In the meantime I would suggest either the 4Life Poles or the Activator in the Urbanpoling line. You can purchase them online at urban poling.com. They will direct you to USA distributors. The poles have the same sculpted handle and the difference between them is in the locking systems and the rubber boots that come with them. 4Life is a twist and turn lock with a walking boot that allows for a more natural swing of your arm with your poles.If you are a more confident walker and want to use them in the traditional Nordic Walking position of pushing down and back you want that boot. If balance and stability are the main concerns and you are walking slower and with less confidence then you might enjoy the round tip on the activator and using more of a bent elbow movement to move the poles with each step. If you want please feel free to call me to talk it through. 952-475-0891

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