(Advertisement) There are various activities and sports that rely on the use of bars, be it Nordic walking, trekking, skiing or biathlon. Although at first glance these rods may look very similar and have similarities, they are individually adapted to the respective sports. For that reason, there are also big differences among the stick species.

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History of the ski poles

The so-called ski pole is used in almost all ski sports with the exception of ski jumping. These include alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, biathlon and cross-country skiing. Skiing is not an invention of modern sports. For example, Chinese researchers believe that humans used skis in China 8,000 years ago, while in Russia they claimed the invention. However, thousands of years old cave paintings were also found in Norway, which is why the real origin of the skis continues to be controversial remains. It can certainly be said that modern skiing is an invention of Norwegians. He has managed to prevail in Germany. According to a study by the Sport University Cologne, there are 22.9 million people in Germany who enjoy winter sports. For that reason, it is not surprising that winter sports events are also very popular on television. The popularity of skiing can also be attributed to the fact that even beginners are able to ski to be able to learn from the ground up, Learning how to use the ski poles correctly may be one of the simplest aspects of equipment. However, as an amateur, you should also keep an eye on obvious things. Since you spend a lot of time skiing outdoors, you have to develop tactics to keep you warm in the cold.

Differences between ski poles

The simplicity is also due to the materials. Nowadays, the bars are assembled from a combination of light metals such as aluminum and fiber composite plastic. The biggest difference between ski poles is the length. Height can be used to determine the correct bar length for each sport. Roughly speaking, alpine skiers usually find waist-high sticks, while cross-country skis use sticks that are almost as long as the skiers themselves. This type of stick is probably the best known, as it is also available in different variants of cross-country skiing how biathlon can be found. Except for the rifle in biathlon, the rest of the equipment in the various ski sports is also almost identical.

Of course, the sports suppliers benefit from this. One of the most prominent representatives of the industry is the German company Leki, which manufactures ski poles of all kinds, This includes equipment for amateurs, but also professionals. So Leki also supplies athletes for major international tournaments. A very prominent example is the Norwegian athlete Johannes Klaebo, who trusts in the German ski poles. Certainly the high quality of the ski poles has helped the Norwegian to win the last World Championships in cross-country skiing. Also in the upcoming World Cup the Norwegian from the Bookmaker Betway attributed the highest odds, As of August 14, Klaebo has a 1.85 win rate, well ahead of Russian rival Alexander Bolshunov, who only comes in at 4.25. Of course, one should not forget that even the best equipment is only as good as its users.

Other types of sticks

Trekking poles

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Sticks are of course not only found on the ski. Trekking is practically a classic hiking tour through difficult terrain such as hills or mountains. The the right equipment depends on the destination and varies from country to country, but the trekking pole is always similar. The canes are variably interchangeable depending on the terrain and can either consist of hard metal or rubber. In addition, there are so-called plates, which are to be found just above the top and the wearer should protect against slipping with the rod in Erdrisse or too soft ground. In addition, there is a built-in suspension system to dampen vibrations during descent can. The handles are wide, ergonomically shaped and designed for strenuous hiking tours.

Nordic Walking

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Nordic Walking has its roots in Finland and is considered one of the healthiest sports ever. This endurance sport is practiced by walking fast, which makes it suitable for both beginners and athletes. Two sticks helped the athletes to repel each other. Unlike trekking, Nordic walking does not rely on many other pieces of equipment, as long as you have good footwear. The biggest difference in the sticks is that the handles are much thinner because you can repel them faster. This makes the handles comparable with ski poles. The tip of the rods is made of rubber and is thus aligned on a paved surface. Unlike trekking, the fitness aspect and not a long-term tour is in the foreground.

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