June 4, 2010, Newsletter Issue #64: Accessories

Tip of the Week

A benefit, or a drawback, depending on your point of view, of Nordic walking is that there really isn't much available in the way of accessories. A pair of  poles, with the rubber tip for walking on trails and streets, is the only thing you really need. The basic rubber tip is shaped like a little boot, and you put it on the pole so it is pointed behind you. (The "foot" part of the boot is back.) These tips are more durable than they seem, but they are replaceable. Make sure you buy poles from a manufacturer who also offers replacement tips, although you may not need them for a while. Some manufacturers do offer alternative tips that are designed for more cushioning or faster walking. Check that out when you're shopping for poles.  I've also seen carrying cases for the poles. If your friends want to buy you something for your sport, direct them to hats, gloves, sunglasses, and the like.  A second pair of poles is nice, too.

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