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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.
I am an avid Nordic Walker and walk with a variety of people and in a variety of settings. Additional accessories that I have found useful include: technical socks that wick the moisture away from your skin which ultimately keeps you more comfortable and blister free. It is essential to wear highly visible and/or reflective clothing if walking in areas of traffic. If walking off roads on trails it can sometimes be helpful to wear gators. Inov-8 sells a great cool-max gator sock that keeps unwanted pebbles and burrs out of the shoes. If walking a long distance it is a good idea to have a hydration pack that can accommodate a water bottle or two, snacks, map, cell phone, etc. Technical wicking clothing can also make a person more comfortable when Nordic Walking. Some people like to wear gloves to prevent getting blisters or callouses. Yaktrax stretch over the bottom of your shoe or boot to help provide traction on snow covered trails or sidewalks. There's lots of gift giving possibilities. Happy shopping and Happy Nordic Walking.
~~ Bonnie Dau
When it comes to travel bags for your favorite Nordic Walking Poles be sure to look for a "padded travel bag" - not just a sack. EXEL, SWIX and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM offer padded travel bags that keep you poles safer during air travel.
A second pair of poles is not a bad idea either. Many of our customers love their poles so much they want one pair at their main home and another pair at their vacation home. Our one-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap twist-locking poles. For more info please contact The American Nordic Walking System and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM