My son and I each used one of these for our recent trip to the Bighorn Mountains (Cloud Peak Wilderness). I wish that I would've purchased two more, so we could have each had a pair. They worked great for the intended purpose with only two issues: The baskets kept coming loose, and the shock absorb feature would turn off while I was using it. Shock Absorb turns on by twisting the shaft slightly, and I must twist my hand while I'm using the staff, because it would turn off occasionally. We lost the rubber tips in a marshy area, too. During steep descents and creek crossings we really appreciated these!
Excellent hiking aid
I used the stick on an 18 mile hike in the Adirondacks. It was after a big storm and there was lots of trees blown down. My first time with a backpack since high school days. It was very helpful navigating the trail, hiking inclines and climbing around fallen trees and wading creeks. The stick was strong and resilient and still looks like new..
My fitness level is low and the stick was truly my right ARM and I really had a great experience. We used the camera mount and took some nice shots.
On my last Ozark backpack, I realized that I am at an age where a pole or staff is a necessity (and I can't always find a good natural stick). I wanted a staff, but didn't want to pay alot. This fit the bill. It is easy to adjust, the grip is good even when steady and seems very durable (after a couple of backpacking trips experience). The strap was cheap and uncomfortable, so I took it off and it works better without. A great purchase!
My Mom was instructed by her doctor to use a walker but it's just horible to use when there are no sidewalks, only a bumpy road. The vibration is so miserable that she stopped going for walks. We got her this walkabout and she loves it. She walks with such confidence and enjoys the attention she gets when using it (especially when she's wearing her sunglasses LOL, I think people think she's blind) Anyway, It turned out to be the best purchase for her, ever.
Invaluable in Antarctica
I had never used a hiking pole prior to my recent trip in Antartica but am very glad I obtained this pole for use during my trip. It helped me keep my balance when walking over bolders, icy ground, up steep hills and down icy slopes, and through inches of penguin manure during zodiac stops in Antartica. I would not have felt nearly as confident navigating without the pole. It was easy to carry--even when boarding the zodiac--and fit inside my suitcase for transport.
Sturdy! Excellent on hard urban surfaces
My first walking stick. Use it daily on my city walks (concrete, asphalt, some gravel). Adjust-ability a plus, but very "solid" once set. Foam grip adequate; I let wrist strap dangle free. I leave the "shock absorption" (spring loading) ON; not distracting, not too noisy. The "rubber" tip has been durable for past 3 months, & will certainly serve for a couple more months before needing replacement. Very serviceable stick for the price.
Bought 3 as gifts. Not quite good as the same one I got about 5 years ago. The old one had a thinner strap with a pad on it. But very good. The old one has been up Half Dome and on a few multi-day backpacking trips and has held up fine. On the Half Dome trip it saved me from a fall several times as my knee was giving out.
She Likes It!
I bought this for my wife as she was using one of my old X-country ski poles which was too long for her. This is much better. After I bought this I found a walking stick at a national chain department store. This one was much lighter and much better made. I'm glad I found this one first.
Great product for the price.
Served me well as a walking stick.
I am 83 and used this hiking pole on my trip to Spain. It gave me greater stability. It fit in my suitcase. Would like to know if I could carry it in my hand to go through security when only using a carry on bag.
Use this staff to provide extra support for short hikes on level ground following recent hip replacement surgery. Excellent for that purpose.I'm putting a good deal of weight on it and it shows no evidence of weakness.Can be a little difficult to change adjustment for length,however.