Our Top Picks are listed by your primary goal:
Mobility & Balance
(start with Bell Tip that fits on all models suggested)
- Exerstrider (the best strapless option)
- LEKI Speedlock (for ease of adjusting)
- Black Diamond Contour Elliptic (reg or compact)
- LEKI Trekking Poles are our first choice; we can help pick the optimal size for you!
- Black Diamond Trail Ergo
& Fitness Walking
- LEKI Nordic Walking poles provide peak performance
FREE Pole Purchase Consultation: POLE Fitting 101
Determining which poles will fit you can enable you to achieve your goals and help prevent injury. Price is only one of many factors to consider. You get what you pay for. If you DO know which poles you want to purchase, simply click on the purchase button which will take you to a quality internet resource that carries that model.
If you'd like guidance, click the consultation button to fill out the basic info form.
We will contact you - our feedback will be done in the spirit of helping you to make your own decision on which poles fit and suit you best.
Comfort, performance & confidence improve with poles that fit your body and goals. Make the best decision the first time and learn optimal use so you can form a deep and lifelong connection to your poles - really!
Check our Pole Buyer’s Guide Page to learn about pole features & benefits. Check our Blog to learn what optimal pole fit means (and to get DVD updates).
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LEKI Poles have a Lifetime Warranty against shaft breakage & come in 3 sizes:
- short: bottom extends to 125 cm; also known as "women's"
(grip options: cork and composite)
- medium: bottom extends to 135
(grip options: composite and foam)
- long: bottom extends to 145
Check the Pole Buyer's Guide for info on features like SpeedLock, Antishock and long foam grips.
Our favorite model, by far, is the medium size SpeedLock with the foam grip. It’s called Thermolite XL (XL stands for Extra Long Foam Grip) and is available with or without anti-shock on the bottom section.
The foam is comfortable, durable and the extra long foam grip is handy for hikers as well as for people with mobility challenges. (review the Grand Canyon practice sequence in the Hiking DVD for tips on how to use Long Foam Grips)
The long foam grip option costs an additional $20 over the composite grip. We believe comfort is well worth $20.
Anti-Shock is an additional $20. Anti-Shock is a little more expensive and more complicated. It takes a little bit of practice to take poles apart, put them back together and to fix them if they fail to tighten (see troubleshooting on the blog). We make sure people purchasing Anti-Shock models practice these 3 important aspects of owning Anti-Shock poles.
Our 12 year old LEKI long foam grip poles are durable and get more comfy every year.
2014 redesigned locking straps are, for many, more comfortable.
If you’d like more information, fill out the Product Consultation form and we will try to assist you in finding the best fit and making the best choice.
LEKI Thermolite XL
LEKI Thermolite XL Antishock
Black Diamond: Trail Ergo Cork
Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork