What are the differences between trekking poles, Nordic walking poles, and trail running poles?

Poles are poles, you might think, right? However, it's a bit more complicated than that. Nordic walking poles are not suitable for trekking, and you can't go Nordic walking with trail running poles. So, where do the differences lie? Below, we'll explain it to you!

Nordic walking poles, trekking poles, and trail running poles are all designed for different activities and therefore have specific characteristics.


Trekking poles are used for hiking, backpacking, and trekking, whether in the mountains or not. The poles are designed to provide extra support when climbing and descending. Usually, trekking poles are adjustable in length, have a comfortable grip, and a special tip for optimal grip on various terrains.


Nordic walking poles are specifically designed for Nordic walking, a form of walking with poles that uses your entire body and requires a special technique. Generally, Nordic walking poles are lightweight, adjustable, and equipped with a strap to connect the pole to the hand. Additionally, the tip is suitable for use on asphalt and other hard surfaces. All Nordic walking poles from LEKI are equipped with the innovative Trigger system. With this system, you can easily click the pole in and out of the strap, creating a direct connection between hand and pole. This ensures precise guidance and optimal handling and power transmission.


Trail running poles are specially designed for trail running, where runners often have to climb or descend steep slopes and can benefit from some extra stability. Poles for trail running are often lightweight and collapsible, making them easy to store.


As you have read, trekking poles and trail running poles are focused on providing support while walking, while Nordic walking poles are specifically designed for the movement of Nordic walking. It is important to choose the right poles based on the activity you are going to do and the conditions.