New colours and the introduction of folding poles are in the fresh range of Exel Nordic walking poles available to buy from August.

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new range of Exel poles.  The production has been beset with delays and complications that have led to the poles being frustratingly late.  We are assured though that the wait will be worth it!  There’s more detail below about what’ll be available to buy but the key changes are:

  • Goodbye orange, hello blue – The new curve and straight 100% carbon poles which are so popular have now changed colour from orange to blue.  (They’ve kept the orange tradition going though with an orange logo).
  • There’s a new folding pole to challenge the Leki Trailstick.
  • A new grip and strap system has been introduced.  As we haven’t yet seen or tried the poles we don’t know the detail nor how it will affect our ability to get spares for our existing poles.

Fixed length poles

Our comments

Colour and Price*

Curve Pro 100% carbon

One of my favourite poles and very popular with our club.  The Curve pro, with its bend near the top of the shaft, has a powerful ‘sporty’ look and is more demanding on the upper body than straight poles.  It’s my ‘go faster, work harder’ pole of choice.  It’s also made from 100% carbon which ensures no vibration up the pole shaft.

Blue (orange logo)

£145

Straight Pro 100% carbon

The best straight fixed length pole on the market.  The speed spike at the tip means you always get a good purchase in the ground to propel you forwards.  Plus the 100% carbon shaft means there’s no vibration.  My pole of choice if you know what length pole you want and aren’t interested in the added workout the Curve Pro (above) gives you.

Blue (orange logo)

£135

Nordic Avanti 75% carbon

A quality pole but with less carbon content which means you will feel more vibration.  It is cheaper than its 100% counterparts but does not compare favourably price-wise with its Gabel and Leki fixed pole rivals which are up to £20 cheaper for higher carbon content.

Black (green logo)

£110

Travel poles

Our comments

Colour and price*

Nordic Pro Adj 100% carbon

This is the latest model of the existing Exel travel pole.  We haven’t seen photos but we understand that it has the same twist lock system with bevelled tips.  Most people are now choosing to buy foldable poles (see below) as they are more portable.  This is still a great 100% carbon travel pole which is comfortable to use and a solid feel to it.

Black (orange logo)

£135

Nordic Pro foldable

The Exel rival to the popular Leki Trailstick.  The only details we have so far is that it comes with separate paws (with the Leki Trailstick you have to buy these separately) and in a bag.  We don’t yet know whether they’re single height or vario but I’m itching to get my hands on a pair to test them.

Black (orange logo)

£145

Poles can be bought through us (info@bristolnordicwalking.co.uk) and Bristol Nordic Walking members get a 10% discount.

Once the new Exel poles are out and I’ve had a chance to test them I will write a review on which poles are best and why.  In the meantime, click here to access the Exel website.

Vicky

 

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