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A pair of Nordic walking poles makes a great holiday gift. This can be a gift for fitness, and also for fun. It can also be a gift for yourself, either by just buying yourself some poles or by recruiting a friend to give you another walking companion. There are several good pole manufacturers. Do your research and pick the ones that seem right for the individual. (I don't recommend any particular brand.) Give yourself some time because local stores may not carry Nordic walking poles and you may have to buy them online.
Unfortunately many stores only carry trekking and/or hiking poles - not REAL Nordic Walking Poles.
I prefer SWIX or EXEL one-piece poles, but if you are looking for twist-locking poles the better quality ones are made by Leki, Exerstrider, SWIX and EXEL.
One-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than twist-locking adjustable length/telescoping/collapsible poles. Be sure to avoid the cheap twist-locking poles from China.
At the American Nordic Walking System and WWW.SKIWALKING.COM we have ALL 12 standard sizes in-stock and ready to ship. Free Nordic Walking DVD included, plus special instructions from the American Nordic Walking System. And there is plenty of time to order for the holidays - we ship FAST.
Walking with poles is the best!