Grips and wrist straps
Contrary to ski or trekking, Nordic Walking requires to constantly grip and release the pole by opening and closing the hand which causes perspiration= moist hands. It is therefore important to choose a grip which is confortable and moisture absorbing to avoid the pole to slip. There are 3 types of grips:
- Plastic grips: Doesn't absorb perspiration. This lack is generaly compensated by wearing a wrist strap with thumb which will provide absorbancy.
- Rubber grips: good even very good perspiration absorbtion, excellent handle.
- Cork ou Rubber-Cork grips: good even very good perspiration absorbtion, excellent handle.
Plastic grip Cork grip
Whichever grip you decide upon, the use of gloves is recommended to avoid blisters.
To make the pole return automaticaly to the palm of the hand once released, a special fixation system called the wrist-strap is fitted to the poles. There are 3 types of wrist-straps:
- Basic non-L/R specific straps: can be used on the left or right side. Poor return of the pole as the wrist-strap is not adapted to the shape of the hand
- Hand specific trapeze straps: trapeze in shape they are left and right hand specific to provide perfect grip of the pole. Adjustable in length allowing the use of gloves when required.
- Glove/Thumb-through straps: It provides a piece of fabric between the thumb and first finger which will allow absorbtion of perspiration. Most widely used on professional equipment.