Welcome to our big walking poles test 2021. Here we present all the walking poles we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best walking poles for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy walking poles.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Walking Sticks: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying walking poles
- 5 Decision: What types of walking poles are there and which is the right one for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate walking poles
- 7 Facts worth knowing about walking poles
- The right length is crucial for the correct execution of the Nordic Walking technique.
- Nordic Walking is a healthy sport that trains the whole body and relieves the joints.
- The most commonly used materials are carbon/glass fibre and aluminium.
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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying walking poles
How long should Nordic Walking poles be?
The formula is: body height x 0.66 = ideal stick length
A woman with a height of 1.72m would need a pole of 113.5 cm. However, since most manufacturers only offer poles in 5cm increments, the 110cm pole is recommended.
This formula results in the following pole lengths for the respective body sizes:
|Body size||stick size|
|136 cm to 143 cm||90 cm|
|144 cm to 149 cm||95 cm|
|150 cm to 158 cm||100 cm|
|159 cm to 165 cm||105 cm|
|166 cm to 173 cm||110 cm|
|174 cm to 181 cm||115 cm|
|182 cm to 188 cm||120 cm|
|189 cm to 186 cm||125 cm|
|197 cm to 203 cm||130 cm|
|204 cm to 210 cm||135 cm|
How much do Nordic Walking poles cost?
However, there are also walking poles with a price of over 100€, which are real professional models.
What is the purpose of Nordic Walking poles?
However, it is important that you master the Nordic Walking technique correctly, otherwise the training is useless.
Here are some basics:
- the shoulders should be relaxed and loose
- Upper body and hips swing naturally
- feet point forward
- Guide poles close to the body
- Hands slightly open to let the poles swing forward
- one leg is always on the ground
- Press down with the toes and move the hips forward
- the pole touches down with the opposite heel
- at the end of the movement the pole is brought back diagonally
What should you look for when buying Nordic Walking poles?
If the pole is too long or too short, the Nordic Walking technique cannot be executed correctly and the movement is executed incorrectly due to unconscious compensatory movements.
What alternatives are there to Nordic Walking poles?
One ring is carried in each hand while walking and swung along while walking. Four balls are built into the tube of each ring to increase the intensity.
Generally speaking, there are a lot of endurance sports that do not necessarily have to degenerate into high-performance sports, but can represent a challenging but not overstraining level throughout the course.
Which sport you finally decide to do - whether with accessories such as walking poles or not - is entirely up to you and your preferences. We recommend that you first try out a few different sports in trial programmes to find the one that suits you best.
Decision: What types of walking poles are there and which is the right one for you?
If you want to buy walking poles, there are two basic types:
- Walking poles with carbon
- Walking poles with aluminium
What distinguishes walking poles with carbon and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Carbon poles are usually made in combination with glass fibre and have a higher elasticity and therefore offer better cushioning.
For regular walking, poles with a high carbon content are recommended as they are simply more stable and allow for a dynamic and powerful push-off. Poles made of 100% carbon can be extremely stiff.
Due to the high-quality material, carbon walking poles are naturally also higher in price.
What distinguishes walking poles made of aluminium and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Walking poles made of aluminium are cheaper and lighter, but they are not suitable for people over a certain size. From a length of over 1.30 m, it quickly becomes apparent that the aluminium poles lose their dimensional stability. Breaking under increased load is also not too rare.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate walking poles
In the following, we will explain to you which aspects you can orientate yourself on when buying walking poles.
The criteria you can use to compare walking poles with each other include:
- Handle / wrist strap
- Pole tip
In the following paragraphs, the different criteria will be explained in more detail.
As already explained above, the length of the poles is one of the most important factors to be able to perform the sport of Nordic Walking properly.
If you are still unsure about the length, it is recommended that you ask an advisor at your nearest sports shop and try out the different sizes.
When it comes to weight, it all depends on the material. Aluminium weighs less, but is also more unstable and tends to break under increased load.
Carbon and glass fibre, on the other hand, are more expensive, but also have a higher elasticity, which has a positive effect on the damping and thus also on your joints.
Handle / wrist strap
There are three different materials for the handle of walking poles: cork, foam rubber and plastic.
Cork handles are the most suitable for Nordic walking. The material is sweat-repellent and at the same time feels most comfortable. However, the handle made of foam rubber is also often used, as this material prevents the hands from slipping. Grips made of plastic are not non-slip and therefore not really recommended.
When Nordic walking, you should definitely have hand straps with a thumb loop. With the right technique, you can let go of the poles for a short time and then grab them again smoothly.
Basically, a distinction is made between fixed and removable hand straps. There is no real difference here. For regular walking, however, the detachable strap is recommended because you don't always have to pull out the whole strap to reach for something.
Nowadays mainly cork handles are used and most hand straps are detachable.
The right pole tip always depends on the ground conditions. For wet and rather soft ground, the hard metal tip is recommended so that you get a better grip when pushing off.
If you are walking on harder surfaces such as asphalt, the use of rubber pads is recommended.
The choice of the right pole tip depends on the type of ground.
When talking about the system of walking poles, one usually talks about whether the poles are adjustable or have a fixed size. There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems.
The adjustable walking poles are more suitable for occasional use. Because they are made of two parts, they are not as stable and cannot dampen vibrations well.
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How are Nordic Walking poles adjusted correctly?
The correct adjustment of Nordic Walking poles depends on your body size. In principle, the following formula applies: Body size x 0.66 = Ideal pole length.
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