Footwear & Clothing
Nordic Walking for Health recommends wearing comfortable walking or outdoor trail shoes. The sole must have good grip and waterproofing is a good idea. Walking boots can be problematic if the upper part covering the ankle is stiff or the laces around the neck of the boot are tied too tight as this can impair free movement of the lower leg over the ankle.
Nordic Walking for Health recommends lightweight clothing appropriate for the weather conditions on the day, including light gloves, a hat and a waterproof jacket for cold and wet weather and suncream/block and sunglasses in sunny weather. It is better to wear several light layers of clothing rather than heavier, thicker clothing. It is also advisable not to wear something likely to flap at the sides of the body.
Rucksacks & Bags
Nordic Walking for Health recommends carrying personal belongings and water in a waist or bum bag as rucksacks and shoulder bags are likely to swing around too much.
A good range of outdoors clothing and footwear, including some dedicated to Nordic Walking, is available for purchase at the following retailers: