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9/4/15 2:41 P

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Hi, Mel! No problem - the older threads are still informative!

Besides the fact that trekking poles don't have the same kind of "feet" that Nordic walking poles have, Nordic walking poles are more flexible. Also NW poles have a special style grip that allows for the plant, push and release movement of the NW technique.

Trekking poles, on the other hand, are used for support and navigating as you hike.

Here's an article that explains the differences quite well and also recommends a pole that is made for both NW and trekking. www.nordicwalking.co.uk/blog/2013/02
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I would go for a pair of NW poles simply because you can use them for both, as the article suggests. Some of my walks in the hills near my home are more like trekking but the NW poles work just fine.

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9/4/15 12:15 P

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I realize that this conversation was posted around a year ago but Zella, your response interested me. Do you find that the trail and beach walking you do is still in the category of Nordic Walking, or would you consider it to fall more into the category of hiking or trekking?

Since I stumbled upon this interesting team and started reading and looking at various websites, I realize I am probably more excited about the idea of hiking or trekking with poles than I am about fitness walking on pavement with poles.

Let me elaborate. I am soon to turn 75, am a stroke survivor with some minor right-side balance deficits, but have relearned to walk and walk nearly daily on our beach and the bluff trails and dunes. I am now able to walk three or more continuous miles but am working toward longer times and distances and have an enticing image of myself wearing a not too heavy overnight pack and backpacking with a group. This last is a sort of fantasy but with consistent effort it may be perhaps not too far from my grasp.

Would you mind elaborating on your own experience with Nordic Walking and the poles you use or anything you think might help me figure out how to choose the right poles?

Thanks,

Mel

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8/2/14 5:33 P

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I'm afraid that I hardly ever use the tips on my Lekis because most of my walking is done on trails in Germany or on the beach in Florida. I hope the Leki tips work out for you, and hope that another member might be able to post more info that you can use.

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8/2/14 12:33 P

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I NW 5 miles, at least 3 times a week on neighborhood streets, 100% hard scape. I am using black diamond adjustable poles with shock absorbers. I go thru the black diamond $6 rubber tips I buy at REI in every 5 miles! I am pretty sure these are not the right poles for suburban use. I just bought some Leki rubber "feet" and have attached them to these tips, will give them my first trial this AM. I have spent a lot of time online trying to figure out the best equipment to purchase next. Before I make anothe wrong purchase, what do you recommend?

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