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Who Makes Your Poles, Anyway?

Here, three pole choices FITNESS likes:

Exel Stride Gray/Lavender ($85) is your best low-cost bet. It's made from a lightweight, durable carbon composite, so it's strong but relatively light, which translates to greater comfort and efficiency on longer walks. (nordicwalker.com)

Our favorite feature on the Swix NW 520-PC Classic ($99) is the incredibly comfortable mesh strap, which feels soft against your skin without getting too clammy. The rubber tips are slightly rounded, not angled, so they won't trip you up if they twist. (swixsport.com)

Superlight and superfast, the LEKI blue Instructor poles ($149.95) adjust from 39 to 51 inches and feature an aluminum/carbon construction that gives you speed without weight. The releasable trigger straps also let you slip out of the poles without unstrapping. (leki.com)

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