-NORFOLK NORDIC WALKING NEWS-
NEW YOU…NEW KIT! TRY BEFORE YOU BUY… BORROWING POLES vs OWNING THEM
DO NORFOLK NORDIC WALKING PROVIDE POLES ON ALL WALKS?
The simple answer here is, YES on all Taster Sessions and Learn to NW courses. After that, the answer is, we try to. However with 3 of us on the team leading walks and needing poles, we cannot guarantee there will always be enough to go around. Most of you own your own poles – which is great – but for those who don’t, we really do encourage you to have your own pair for peace of mind as WE CANNOT GUARANTEE POLES FOR ALL.
HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR OWN POLES
So you’ve discovered Nordic walking and want to buy your own poles? Congratulations. Having your own poles is liberating. You can go out any time you want using a pole that is suited to your needs and a strap that fits your hand properly. There’s also much more choice than a few years ago so it’s a great time to be buying.
Before you look at the nitty gritty, the first two questions I recommend you ask yourself are:
- What do I want my Nordic walking poles for?
- How much am I prepared to pay (prices range from £45 – £145)?
Once you’ve got an idea on these two counts it’s easier to work out which Nordic walking pole is best for you. Also, I have to tell you now that there isn’t one pole that’s perfect for every occasion. Foldable and travel poles are fabulous in many respects but they are pricey if you go for carbon. Likewise fixed/adjustable poles aren’t very portable.
Fixed length, adjustable or travel poles?
This is your most important decision and will be driven by what you want to use your Nordic walking poles for. Check out Mike from our Nordic Walking UK Store explaining the differences in this film clip below:
NORDIC POLE HEIGHT – GETTING IT RIGHT
The textbook formula: Your height (cms) x 0.68.
The ‘rule of thumb’ formula: Hold the pole vertically beside you with your elbow tucked into your side (make sure you grasp the handle at the point where the strap meets the pole). Your forearm should be horizontal or slightly lower than horizontal.
The above is only a guide. For instance, when you start Nordic walking, a shorter length pole will feel more comfortable. This is principally because you are still developing your technique and it is generally easier to learn on a shorter pole. As you become more proficient a longer pole may be more appropriate (you can get more rotation and greater propulsion behind you).
My best advice is that you don’t rush in to buying a fixed length pole – wait until you’ve become comfortable with the technique. Also, choose a pole height that feels comfortable for you even if it isn’t your ‘text book’ height.
CARBON VS ALUMINIUM POLES – IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
You may have noticed that poles come in carbon, aluminium, or a mix of the two. Aluminium poles are a sensible choice if you’re only Nordic walking occasionally. Carbon is lighter than aluminium and absorbs more vibrations when the pole strikes the ground. Like bicycles, the most expensive poles are 100% carbon. It’s really a question of what your budget is. Even the most expensive Nordic walking poles are cheap compared with golf clubs, tennis racquets and most other sports equipment. TRY A PAIR OF REBECCA’S CARBON POLES if you are thinking of buying a pair. You will be amazed at how smooth they are…..
A key feature of a Nordic walking pole is the glove type strap. Pushing through the strap allows you to swing your arm more fully, giving you greater power and enabling you to use your whole body. It’s why trekking poles, with their thin looped straps, don’t work as a Nordic walking pole.
Your strap should fit your hand snugly to ensure a smooth transfer of power. Most makes offer small, medium and large straps and you can also buy straps integrated into a full or half glove. These are useful if you have arthritic hands as it helps to spread the load, making it more comfortable to push through the strap.
The way the strap attaches to the pole differs between makes and models and could be a factor influencing which pole you buy. It’s best to try first if you can.
A FANTASTIC BARGAIN POLE + AVOID P & P
These Fizan Aluminium (click link below) come in at UNDER £40 with your NWUK members’ discount. Drop them into the Norwich box rather than pay for P&P and it’s a total bargain.
SHOP ’N’ DROP BOX = FREE DELIVERY / NO CHARGE!
The box is back! It’s sitting in the NWUK shop and will be delivered to Rebecca on 8th February. If you are keen to buy poles or accessories (we are loving the NWUK Thermal Winter Warmer pack) and avoid paying for Postage & Packing, simply drop your items into it. Saves you waiting in for a delivery (which as we all know, can be frustrating) – you get your items at a convenient time either at your next walk or to suit you.