Wear the Origo on your wrist for ease of use
The Origo Paso pedometer/watch is a full-function and very smart watch. It is worn on the wrist, like a conventional watch, which makes it easy to check for steps taken, distance traveled in kilometers or miles (reportedly accurate to within two feet per mile), target step count, timer, alarm and calories burned. If you alternate running and walking with your poles, the smarts come in because it can distinguish between the two gaits and keep measuring without reprogramming the settings.
The display is a readable soft blue EL backlight, and the battery life of the CR2032 is up to one year. And if you for some reason you decide snorkel or even dive with it, or more likely Nordic Walk in the rain, the Origo is water-resistant to 50 meters (about 160 feet). It retails for $40 and comes with a one-year warranty. The distributor is North American Gear, 645 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520; 307-332-0901.