OK, I see what you mean. Maybe you read this article on about.com? walking.about.com/od/exerstriding/a/exerst
Personally, I would go with Nordic walking poles as opposed to the Exerstriders.
The debate has been going on for years as to the optimal way to pole walk, I guess. Tom Rutlin of Exerstrider has the claim-to-fame of being the originator of his unique poles and method.
Personally, I use Lekis and like the alternate grip and release technique. It's supposed to give you a better workout. And I've heard from a trainer friend about studies that show the lower, angled arm position is better for your neck and shoulders. As Rutlin says in the article, there's still research to be done before we really know the difference in the benefits.
By the way, the straps don't really "snap" back - the hand release is just for a second and the grip remains in your palm the whole time. It's not a difficult maneuver once you get the hang of it.
Have fun getting started, whatever you decide!!!
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