Getting the correct poles is an important first step when starting to Nordic Walk – it is also important not to confuse these with ordinary trekking or walking poles – which are designed for a different purpose, use a different technique and achieve different benefits.
Nordic Walking poles are specially designed to work in harmony with the correct Nordic Walking technique – ensuring that the movement is fluid and that the poles become an extension of the body. This is why it is also important to ensure that the poles are the correct size – ensuring maximum benefit and avoidance of injuries.
Capital Nordic Walking provides high quality equipment in partnership with leading Australian and International Nordic Walking organisations ensuring that a range of poles with different features and prices are available to meet different requirements.
IMPORTANT TO TRY OUT DIFFERENT MODEL POLES & CONFIRM CORRECT LENGTH BEFORE BUYING
Nordic Walking poles come with different features that suit the needs and requirements of different users. And although there is a general sizing chart to assist selection of the correct length pole – everyone’s body proportions – torso, arm and leg length – are different. We recommend that you try out the different models of poles during your Nordic Walking lesson to ensure that you get the correct length pole with features that meet your needs.
Choosing a quality and correctly sized pair of poles is extremely important, so seeking advice is strongly recommended. Consider your budget but don’t skimp on quality or be fooled by ‘cheap’ imitations, as they will most likely end up costing you more money in the long run. As a general rule, a pair of quality poles will cost between around $160 and $280.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD NORDIC WALKING POLE?
The enjoyment and physical benefits achievable through Nordic Walking are greatly determined by the quality of the equipment used. The five key factors when selecting a pair of poles includes:
- Quality of Hand Strap
- Is it a PROPER Nordic Walking strap (rather than a simple loop where you put your hand through)?
- Is the wrist strap detachable?
- Does the wrist strap provide control and proper function?
- Is it comfortable?
- Does the material breathe?
- It the correct size for your hand?
Quality of Hand Grip
- Synthetic or cork composites are the most popular
- Consider how hot and sweaty conditions would affect the grip
Quality of Pole Shaft
Carbon composites make for lighter and more flexible poles, which gives a better swing movement than heavier adjustable models. Fibreglass or carbon-alloy composites are cheaper options. But beware of cheap aluminium poles (they are more likely to break)!
Quality of Metal Tip
- Lasting and durable tungsten carbide tips are recommended
- Suitable for use on foot paths and roads
Quality of Rubber Pads/Paws
- How much walking will you do on hard surfaces?
- Will you be changing from hard to soft surfaces frequently within single sessions? Have a look at the All-Terrain Poles
To discuss your needs, inquire about Nordic Walking equipment, find out when the next course is running, or any other inquiries contact Capital Nordic Walking now