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Best Walking Poles - Readers' Choice Awards 2013

Winner and Finalists

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Updated March 26, 2013

Which walking poles are your favorite? The finalists were nominated by readers and selected by our expert panel of walkers, then readers voted. Results shown during voting may not reflect the audited final counts used to determine winners. For more information see our FAQ.

1. Winner: Keenfit Walking Poles

Keenfit Walking Poles
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Keenfit poles have an ergonomically designed palm strap, but don't have the demi-glove needed for Nordic walking. They have their own Keenfit walking technique which doesn't release the poles on the backstroke. You can learn it from their free online videos or with the DVD included in package purchases of the poles. The poles are height-adjustable.

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2. Exerstrider OS2 Fitness Walking Poles

Exerstrider OS2 Fitness Trekker Poles
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These poles are adjustable and have an ergonomic handgrip without a strap. You can't use them with classic nordic walking technique, but can learn Tom Rutlin's exerstrider technique, demonstrated on the video and in the booklet that comes with the poles.
Nominators said:
"Exerstrider poles are more comfortable and versatile than other brands, and are a good value as well. As a physical therapist, I've found them easier for beginners to use due to the flanged grip, and easier to plant due to larger tip pad."
"The grips fit your hands perfectly and are the most comfortable ones I have ever tried."
"The poles are versatile in any terrain. Grip allows for extra body strength when navigating uphill, can push better, grips fit the hand shape, fit the body ergonomics. No tangle with straps."

3. Leki Instructor Nordic Walking Poles

Leki Instructor Nordic Walking Poles
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These poles have the releasable Nordic walking demi-glove. The Instructor model is an adjustable 2-section pole. It is made with lightweight aluminum/carbon. A nominator said, "Promotes a quicker pace for advanced fitness walkers." You can use the fitness tips for asphalt paths or remove them to use the carbide tips underneath.

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4. More Walking Readers' Choice Awards

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