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CAROLINANAN117
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1/18/14 9:31 P

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I have one piece Exerstriders and I love them. I didn't get adjustable ones because so many people complained about them collapsing.

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Thanks for the info! I need to get busy and buy those poles. I was looking at Leki, but now I will check out Nordixx before I buy.


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9/27/12 2:48 P

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Welcome to the Pole Walking Sparkers Team.

In answer to your several posts, I use Nordixx poles, mainly because the Meetup group I walk with is sponsored by Nordixx. I am quite pleased with them but have never tried other brands of poles. I had the chance to try out the poles on an actual 'walk' before I bought them.

I would only choose ones with a 'hand harness', or glove, so that one does not have to grip the poles continuously. My hand harnesses are fixed and must be undone (velcro fastener) but another style has a harness that clicks in/out to release which is more convenient but not sufficient reason to replace my poles.

Re poles 'collapsing' - I have not experienced this except when I have not tightened them sufficiently. I walked all last winter with my poles and did not have problems. If you wanted to take your poles with you when travelling, the ability to collapse them is an obvious advantage.

The rubber 'boot' on my poles just slips on but is easily pulled off/removed when needed for walking on unpaved trails. Don't know how this process could be mechanized!

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9/21/12 3:19 P

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I have exerstriders, and I've liked them and can use them well. But they are the telescoping kind, and as soon as it gets cool out, the darn things collapse on me, so I can only use them in the summer. I also get tired of holding them on really long walks. So now I'm looking for some fixed length poles that won't collapse, and that have the glove-kind of straps so that I don't have to keep holding on like that.


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9/2/09 3:46 P

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OK, I see what you mean. Maybe you read this article on about.com? walking.about.com/od/exerstriding/a/exerst
rider.htm


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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9/2/09 1:44 P

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The way I understand it from what I've read, the Exerstride poles don't have straps on them so you don't let go off them at any time during walking. Whereas the Nordic poles have straps and at some point you kind of let go of them and as you bring them forward, they snap back into your hands. Maybe I read it wrong, I don't know. I haven't gotten them yet because I wanted to get more input or read up on it some more. I did see 2 women using them on the path I was riding my bike on, but I couldn't stop to ask them any questions.

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Hi! I'm just getting caught up on posts today after arriving back in Germany from a trip to the States.

As far as I know Exerstrider is just a brand name of Nordic walking poles, so it's not an either-or question. Nordic walking is a method, not a brand. There are a couple of different techniques and it is good to get an instructor to help you get started for maximum benefit.

I don't know anyone who uses Exerstriders myself, but they're definitely a reputable brand. Did you get some? How are they working for you?



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8/30/09 6:36 P

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Hi! I'm new to this team. I saw an article on FitBottomGirls about Nordic Walking, then when I was researching it, I found Exerstride. Now I'm confused as to which might be better for me. I am already a regular fast walker and fledgling runner so I wanted something in between. Going shopping tomorrow for poles but don't know which method to try. Anyway, I hope to start this up soon because before you know it, winter will be here! Thank you!

DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


If you ever want to feel good about yourself, go out and help someone else!


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