How to choose Nordic walking poles - length, materials

Nordic walking today is not only health, an opportunity to combine sports and walks, but also a fashion trend. To get the most out of your classes, you need only one accessory. And here we will examine in detail the question of how to choose poles for Nordic walking.

Basic requirements

In Nordic walking, the poles serve to create additional support for the body, and also allow you to use the shoulder girdle. Without them, walking turns into a normal walk.

How to choose Nordic walking poles - length, materials

Choosing sticks for Nordic walking is not as easy as it might seem, at first sight. Although, from the side everything looks really simple: took any sticks and went.

Special walking canes have a number of features that should be considered:

  • A special handle material that resembles a cork - does not get wet from sweat, does not become slippery or sticky. In addition, the handle is attached to your hand with a special strap, which prevents the projectile from popping out of your hand. The most convenient option is a semi-glove, into which you can stick your fingers in isolation.

  • Sharp ends with teeth. Sometimes they are removable. The teeth are designed for walking on soft surfaces, such as snow.
  • Knocking teeth with asphalt is not very convenient - therefore special caps are put on over the teeth, which can be made of rubber or plastic. They absorb shock, making walking more comfortable.

  • The material of the sticks itself may include metal, plastic, carbon. This increases their strength and elasticity.
  • The sticks can have a fixed length (selected for growth upon purchase) or adjustable.

These are the qualities that good Nordic walking poles have. Choosing them exclusively for the price is not worth it - save it, but you won’t get any pleasure from the process, and quit classes.

If you decide to go walking - choose equipment wisely.

We select by height

The main thing is that the height of the sticks should fit your height. There is a simple formula that allows you to determine their length, taking into account how actively you will walk.

The length of the stick is calculated as follows: your height in cm is multiplied by 0.68 and rounded to a multiple of 5.

Your height, for example, is 180 cm. Then the desired length will be: 180 * 0, 68 = 120 cm.

In the given example - o, 68 is a certain basic coefficient. The height of the sticks thus obtained is suitable for beginners (health group). If you have an average level of physical fitness - add another 5 cm to the result (fitness group).

If Nordic walking is a favorite sport for you, add 10 cm to the base length.

The easiest way to determine the height you need is the following: when you put stick near you and grasp its upper end, your hand will be bent at the elbow 90 degrees - this is the right choice of length.If you need to raise your hand higher, there will be more load on the muscles of the shoulders and less comfort when walking (you need to raise your arms high).

Walk with the selected set a few steps right in the store. Conveniently? So the equipment is selected correctly.

Brands, materials and other details

If you are seriously considering the selection of poles for Nordic walking, then let's talk about specialized equipment. There are tracking models that are ideal for hiking. There are also options for Nordic walking. The differences between them are insignificant for a beginner, but they become noticeable with serious sports.

We select the brand

Today we hear such brands: Leki, Ergoforce, Realstick, Gabel, Karhu, Swix, Kompardell.

By the way, Karhu is made in the homeland of Scandinavian walking.

See any of these brands - feel free to take it. The price of sticks in different stores in the Russian Federation ranges from 30 to 50 US dollars. Naturally, the price markup is very high. If you can get equipment at cost - you will get a huge profit.

Choose the material

Metal sticks are cheaper and heavier than the same carbon. The strength is about the same, but the metal can bend. Carbon - bends (you will not find pure carbon, usually its% in good sticks is 20-30).

Never take strange brands - these are usually Chinese copies that can easily break. There is no carbon fiber.

In general, it is not clear what is in their composition.

Pay attention! During Nordic walking the sticks will bend a little! This is not a big deal - especially carbon products spring well, withstand a high degree of bending. But this does not mean that you need to intentionally bend them and check for strength - with proper persistence, even the highest quality equipment can be broken.

Sliding or monolithic?

In order not to understand how to choose poles for Nordic walking in height, you can choose telescopic. They have a wide range of sizes, but also their disadvantages.

The only significant plus is the interchangeable dimensions. However, the telescopic design will be less durable than monolithic.

This is due to the complexity of the mechanism. The stick consists of moving parts, if the latches break somewhere, it can be thrown out. That is why you are unlikely to come across ski telescopic poles, because of the weight of the body, with an active push, they can break.

Another drawback of the sliding sticks is poor depreciation. The dynamic design does not have the ability to bend. It is tough and it is not very comfortable.

Solid sticks are more expensive and they are strictly constant in height. In view of this, one must carefully select their length so as not to make a mistake.

Because then you only go with such a length.

In general, the advice is this: if you will often go with sticks - take the whole ones. Rarely (for example, once a week) - you can take a sliding one.

Monolithic sticks are harder to transport - they are long. Telescopic can be folded.


The teeth on the end of the walking poles are a necessary element. Above them there is even a kind of emphasis for snow, like ski ones. From the side, in general, walking poles are very similar to ski poles.

How to choose Nordic walking poles - length, materials

To be able to walk with sticks in the summer, caps are placed on the teeth. They can be made of rubber or plastic.

The latter quickly cracks and breaks from many hits on the asphalt. Rubber lasts longer and does not rattle so much. However, stock up on a few tips.

Storage Covers

Sticks should be carefully stored at low humidity and plus temperature. This is best done in fabric covers.

Carrying sticks along the street or transporting in a car is also better in a case. This is an inexpensive accessory that will extend the life of your equipment.

How to choose Nordic walking poles - length, materials

To choose a cover is simple - the main thing is that it completely covers the sticks.

Do not forget to set the tips on the dried teeth after walking, before placing the sticks in the case. Otherwise, the fabric can be torn.

Or, if the teeth are removable, disassemble them.

Maximum load

A correctly selected cane will not break under your weight. Pay attention to strength. The characteristics of each stick indicate the permissible load in kilograms. She points to one stick.

Moreover, the maximum numbers proposed. That is, if the permissible load is 140 kg, this means that at 141 kg the cane will simply break.

Since we are talking about a smooth load without jerking, and you can’t recreate this in life, reduce this percentage by 30-40. If it is written that the stick will withstand 140 kg, in fact it alone can cope with a load of 100-110 kg with a sharp pile on it. This is practical experience, consider it.

Where and how best to buy

There are 2 purchase options - on the Internet and in person at a local store. Of course, the second option is preferable, since you can visually and tactfully evaluate the purchased goods.

How to choose Nordic walking poles - length, materials

On the Internet, if you are a beginner, you have every chance to buy a "pig in a poke."

And even in stores you need to be extremely careful. For example, if the product is hidden from view until the moment of payment - do not buy it blindly.

Do not listen to overly active praise from sellers. Some may embellish reality for the sake of completing a deal.

Your task is to choose sticks for yourself and for yourself. Here is an example action algorithm:

  1. We saw a familiar brand (from the above), go ahead.
  2. A plastic pen is impractical.

    Of the cork-like material, that’s it.

  3. A strongly springy stick, as well as absolutely rigid, is not the best option. It should be a little elastic.
  4. Are there tips in the kit? If not, be sure to buy it.
  5. Choose a height if the structure is not sliding.

    Decide on the material.

  6. Pay attention to the loop-clamp for the hand.
  7. The stick sits well in the hand, you like it, the handle is comfortable and not slippery, and the hand in the loop is comfortable - we specify the warranty period and take it. If the manufacturer gives a guarantee of 2 years - excellent, 6 months - you need to think before taking. You yourself will guess: the shorter the warranty period, the worse the quality of the goods.

Now that you have bought your sticks, decide where you will store them. The option on the balcony immediately disappears if it is cold there. A cupboard or even a heated garage will do. As described above - it is better to store in a case at low humidity and plus temperature.

After walking, wipe your sticks dry, remove dirt from them.

Leaving dirty equipment in storage is at least not hygienic.

Will the skis fit?

Instead of canes for Nordic walking, you can use ski poles. High-quality ski poles are made of carbon fiber and have very comfortable palm-rest hinges, like gloves. These fasteners (hinges) fix the handles in such a way that they do not slip out of the hands, which happens with cheap options.

Those who skied during the Soviet period remember very well how sticks constantly flew out of their hands.

From their loss saved the loop. Modern sticks are equipped with more elaborate glove loops. Of course, we are talking about expensive options.

Ski poles are light, have a certain strength coefficient. Carbon options can bend under your weight, but won't break, unlike cheap options.

The big minus of the ski poles is the long teeth. Here you will not be saved by any tips for Nordic walking poles. Therefore, this option is only suitable for winter training.

Do it yourself

If there is no opportunity to purchase a special accessory, you can turn to traditional Russian ingenuity.

So, with the length we figured out higher.

Next is the material.

A dry tree with a diameter of 2-3 cm is best. Long straight branches can be used. You can equip sticks from unnecessary orthopedic canes. If you use canes, their tips can be left as a tip.

Treat the surface of wooden sticks to a smooth state, wrap electrical tape over the top, attach the loops (your hands will hold on to these loops). Treat the lower end with a water-repellent compound and also wrap with electrical tape.

For winter snow conditions, you can attach thick blunt nails to the bottom of the sticks so that they do not slip.

In general, few can make smart sticks with their own hands. But for creative people it’s only more interesting.

When you yourself make canes for Scandinavian walking, ensure their safety:

  • The stick should not be fragile and break easily. Consider this when choosing a material.
  • Roughness, rust, something sharp are not allowed on the upper ends. In general, the presence of everything that can hurt your hands is not allowed. Be sure to take care of comfortable handles.

  • No need to set sharp teeth - if you accidentally (anything happens) stick a cane in your leg. For this purpose it is not necessary to sharpen the teeth, set sharp nails, etc. If you use something sharp, blunt it first.


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