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Hi, I read your history, we’ve got some similarities, firstly the name Marek, and I was also born and lived in Warsaw, then moved to Vienna in 1989 and then in 1990 to Australia.
I’m really interested in walking poles, would you advise me on Exel vs Leki brand. What would be total cost (including delivery) to Australia. At the moment I need them for myself but later was thinking maybe about distribution over here.
Marek, nice to meet you! Isn’t it amazing about all of those similarities?
I have tried Exel poles and although they do seem to be well-made, the Swix and LEKI poles seem to be agreeing with me more. That’s one of the reasons why I pretty much limited myself to selling those two brands. The LEKIs have a very convenient quick strap release, which allows you to quickly detach the strap, with a press of a button, rather than having to take the straps off your hands. My favorites are the Speed Pacer Varios (must get the proper size, as they only adjust plus and minus 5 cm) and the Traveller Carbons. The Instructors are also very nice, less expensive, with a mixed, carbon/aluminum construction.
As far as shipping to Australia, it would be the actual price of the poles, plus $30 U.S. The easiest way to pay for shipping would be to simply purchase $30-worth of gift certificates (which you would obviously not actually get).
Hope this helps. Hope to hear from you again.
I have been Nordicwalking in Scotland for 6 years my total distance is approx. 6,500mls not as fast as you I try to keep good form, await your comments.
Speed isn’t everything. The 6.5-mile distance that you are walking is a very nice and ambitious workout. Keep it up! Most of all, keep doing it regularly and DO enjoy yourself!
I recently joined TOPS, there main article in the November issue was on Nordic walking. I can not tell if it is the same poles that people use for hiking. And I also confused at such a huge price range, I have seen from $20 to over $200 for a set of poles. Do you how to if there is any place you can try befoe buying, a place to rent them,etc.
the web address of the article is
Diane, please take a look at these articles of mine about poles. There is a subtle, but significant difference between trekking, or hiking and Nordic Walking poles.
As far as prices are concerned, there is a big difference in quality between some off-brand poles at Wall-Mart and real Nordic Walking poles from LEKI and Swix. As usual, you get what you pay for. Quality poles, which you (hopefully) will be using for many years are a relatively cheap investment. Also, don’t forget that LEKI has a lifetime shaft breakage warranty.
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