Trekking vs Nordic Walking

LEKI Nordic Walking and Trekking Poles:
What is the difference in technique and equipment?

These two types of poles may look similar, but there are significant differences in design, which allow them to serve different functions.


  • Poles are 3 sections
  • Poles are used in front of the body in order to absorb stress to the joints
  • The poles are planted out in front, using the muscles of the arms and shoulders
  • Used for balance and stability and to take pressure off the knees on steeper slopes
  • The user lightly holds onto the poles with the aid of an adjustable strap
  • The hands can move freely in the straps and are not attached to the poles
  • Carbide Flextips are concave in order to connect evenly with the walking surface, especially rock and ice
  • Rubber Tips over the Carbide Flextips may be used indoors or on pavement; however, they are not advised for use on rock or ice

Nordic Walking

  • Poles are usually 2 sections although three-sectioned and one-piece fixed-length are also available
  • Poles are lighter and their tips are meant to be engaged to the sides and behind the body while walking
  • LEKI Nordic Walking poles are used for pushing off the ground to engage the whole body
  • Follow-through is important – the natural gait of arm/leg motion is intuitive
  • Not meant to support weight but to evenly distribute stress and movement, and engage the walking surface
  • Nordic Walking poles are not gripped as tightly as trekking poles are, but rather, held loosely
  • The hands are connected to the poles with straps that click in securely and have a releasable Trigger feature
  • The Rubber Tips are angled to assist with push-off and maximum movement
  • Poles can be used without the tips on soft or irregular surfaces