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.

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 Exerstrider 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 and Exerstrider poles.  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.exerstrider.com for all Exerstrider 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 – all aluminum, to the Instructor – part carbon fiber part aluminum to the Carbon Traveller – all carbon, 3 part so it will fit into a suitcase.

SPIN – fully adjustable high strength aluminum pole, features LEKI’s Trigger Shark grip and strap system and the SpeedLock adjustment  $99.95

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.   $149.95

Traveller Carbon – 100% carbon adjustable pole collapses to 22 inches for easy travel.  Trigger 3 strap and Super Lock adjustment system.   $199.95



Exerstrider – OS2 fully adjustable aluminum poles, features ergonomically designed grips with no straps.  Your choice of blue, green or pink poles.  $89.99

Exerstrider TR3 Travel Adventure – 3 part poles with extra baskets included $104.99

19 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

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