Nordic Walking Poles

Commercial versions of these poles are quite hi-tech and expensive. They are usually made of aluminum or carbon fiber, but could cheaper versions for occasional use be made from bamboo or rattan perhaps? The shapes of the handles look quite complicated on some models.

Anyone like to have a go at designing and making some?

Paul W.

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ferball5 years ago
I Actually just put one together using EMT metal conduit available at the local hardware store for about $4 for a 10 ft piece. With the fittings to make it telescoping I spent a total of about 7 bucks and have enough material to make at least two if not three. Only draw back is it may be a little on the heavy side for some of the light weight hiker types.
a friend had me try hers a couple weeks ago, they were the 3 piece twist type, and they collapsed on me. i hike with poles all the time , and i need 3 piece so they fit next to rucksack. i obly buy the best available or the best on sale. i have had trekking poles collapse on me too manu times. IThe ones she got were from people trying to strasrt a business selling nordic poles and instruction on how to do it. There fore they were selling poles at a hufe markup.
i have to spend near 100 for a good pair, i must have 3 or 4 pairs of the ones that failed. i gave a pair to my father to use when it is icy, to prevent falling and breaking a hip, he wont use them. i will use mine in nyc if it is icy, same with something on my feet to prevent slippage.
I am past the age of falling and not getting hurt, and have a lot of climbing to the tops of the mountains north of here in winter. I know how many times the poles have saved mu butt, both way up on top and on a simple hiking trail, where a trip stick gets between my legs and causes a face plant. Even when they collapsed, my face was still a couple inches above the rocks i was on..
ZRG also makes great carbon poles for xc ski ing, also paddles
i should update this, since it didn't answer your question,
with bamboo you could use epoxy, and epoxy on screw type 3 or 2 piece.
a lot of the older ski poles were made with bamboo, i have seen the ferrule you need, so it is out there, a old school nordic shi ship may know where to get them
caitlinsdad7 years ago
Put "walking stick" in the search box, many instructables on how to make your own. Good luck.
Paul Wotherwell (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
Are there any specifically for "nordic walking" though?
Hmm, I've never done nordic walking but looking at the pro commercially made poles, they look like adjustable ski poles. The ergonomic grip could be carved from wood/plastic, built up with epoxy putty or sugru. The wrist strap and wrist support could be made from leather or nylon web. You can even take some rubber bicycle handlebar grips to modify. If you use the poles like in cross country skiing to dig in and push off while walking, you could wrap nylon thread around the rattan or bamboo with epoxy to form a stress matrix for extra strength. Look for the instructables with the bamboo bike frame to get some ideas.
Paul Wotherwell (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
No, it is an outdoor exercise.


I am sorry Paul. I shouldn't have joked about on your forum about your serious question. I apologize.

So, if the poles, according to your link, are "like" ski poles, what makes them different ?
Without knowing that, it would be hard to design them.
actually ski poles that are sized correctly will prove far superior to the cheap/flimsy 2-piece and 3-piece twist-lock and flip-lock collapsible poles flooding the market and destined for the landfill in record time. Cheap/flimsy collapsible poles tend to rattle, vibrate, gradually collapse or collapse unexpectedly. for sizing it is ideal to have your elbow at about 90 degrees and forearm parallel to the ground when strapped in and standing tall. If you don't have the correct length ski poles to use look for SWIX and EXEL Nordic Walking Poles - quality one-piece poles that come in 16 different lengths at WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System. They also make the best ski racing poles - all in the same Euro factories. Quality poles with real Nordic Walking Straps patented by the Salomon Ski Company.
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