TOP OF THE POPS – PICK OF THE POLES
As walkers get the Nordic walking ‘ bug’ – yes, this is a rather addictive activity – people often ask about poles. Whilst I always provide FREE poles on all walks, having your own pair of Nordic walking poles is liberating. It enables you to go out any time you want, not just when there’s an organised walk on. You can use them when and where you like and you know that you have exactly the right sort of pole for you.
If you want your own poles but don’t want to spend too much cash, the Leki Spin Speedlock and the Gabel Stretch Lite are the most popular budget poles. Great value adjustable entry level aluminium poles which can be adjusted to different heights (110cm – 130cm). Perfect if you don’t yet know your pole height or want to lend your poles to friends and family. Under £60
The sporty poles
Carbon all the way! Adds on expense but these poles are fabulous if you are looking at speedier paced walking. Gabel do 80% Carbons for around £80, plenty of choices in-between up to Leki Speed Pace Vario poles at £129.95.
Most travel poles are made up of three sections and collapse down, telescope style, to somewhere between 60 and 70cm long. This is usually small enough to fit comfortably into a suitcase or down the side of a medium sized day pack. The Leki Traveller Carbon is 100% carbon and comes with the new speedlock system, which makes it quick and easy to adjust. Cost £125.
You keep talking about the carbon content of a pole – why?
It’s all to do with the amount of vibration you feel up the pole shaft when you punch the pole into the ground. The 100% carbon poles absorb the vibration better which is why they are so nice to use. If you’re a regular Nordic walker, walk on pavements or have neck/shoulder issues you should always use a 100% carbon pole. They are more expensive but worth it.
Should I go for fixed length or adjustable?
We always suggest adjustable because as you get fitter (and faster) your stride length increases so your pole size will increase accordingly. The size of your poles is very important in achieving the right movements whilst out Nordic Walking. At the right height, the poles will aid in propelling you forwards, therefore effectively working the muscles in action, but also extending the movement by stretching the arms out behind you as far as possible. When learning you have them slightly shorter to ensure you pick up the right technique, which is why adjustable poles are recommended.
Check out your pole height on our NWUK calculator
If your poles are too long, you will have difficulty propelling yourself by the all-important shoulder swing. Your elbows will take over or your poles could span outwards as you walk. If they are too short, the movement will not be ample enough. Use this calculator to check if your size is correct for YOU:
THINKING OF BUYING POLES? SHOP ’N’ DROP BOX NEARLY FULL…
Save on P&P and ‘drop’ any items you buy from the NWUK Online Store into Rebecca’s Norwich box. Final orders Friday 26th October ready for delivery the following week. Winter’s approaching so how about flashing paws for those night walks?
THE WEEKLY SCHEDULE from 22nd October
Book all courses / walks at www.norfolknordicwalking.co.uk/activities
Monday 22nd October
9.30am Kick Start Monday! Whitlingham Country Park – FAST WORKOUT WALK – Be prepared to sweat…
10.30am TWO MILER Wellbeing @ Whitlingham – A gentle safe way to walk yourself fitter in this beautiful location
11.30am INTENSIVE Learn to Nordic Walk course – Whitlingham Country Park
5.15pm Monday Motivator @ Broadland Business Park – Expect some double poling!
Tuesday 23rd October
10am Autumnal Colours at Blickling Hall 3.5 miler. Simply enjoy sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location – you never know what you will find! (USUALLY ON WEDNESDAYS BUT NOT THIS WEEK)
6pm Step up a Gear Nordic Night Walk – Add in revs or simply unwind after a busy day – choice is yours! HEAD TORCHES A MUST…
Wednesday 24th October
5.15pm Broadland Energiser @ Broadland Business Park –This workout walk will incorporate static exercises, hill work and strengthening/conditioning drills. The hour FLIES past!! Go at your own pace…
Thursday 25th October
10am Learn to Nordic Walk in Catton Park Session 2
11am Catton Park Wellbeing and Feel Good walk – Such a beautiful park – come and see for yourself and enjoy a gentle walk
1.30pm Stepping Up (hills) & Back Caistor St Edmund / High Ash Farm – Sociable Nordic walking in a stunning location with hills for added exertion. TURNS YOUR WALK INTO A WORKOUT!
Friday 26th October
9.30am Learn to Nordic Walk – Eaton Park – Session 1
11am Friday Circulars from Eaton to Earlham – Varied routes through the UEA at your own pace but with optional exertion to push yourself that little bit extra…
Saturday 27th October
10am The Two Stations 5 mile circular from Reepham – A Marriott’s way adventure…
“ I do the same things that I did when I was 12 years old:
I ride bikes, I read books, I walk in the woods. And I listen to music.”