Took me from "gimp" to "game!"
I first suggested one of these to my mother, who has arthritic knees and said the traditional canes "made her feel old." She loved hers and bought me one after I had foot surgery about 6 months ago. Somehow, as someone else pointed out, there is a HUGE psychological difference between using one of these (designed for active hikers, etc, so it fits right in with the "look" of an active lifestyle!) and the typical "shepherd's hook" type cane that seems to SCREAM "handicap!" Makes it so much easier to maintain proper posture when walking, which enhances healing while making it easier and more efficient to get around. What's not to like about that? We both love the adjustable length, contoured grip and the wrist loop helps stabilize you if you need a little help getting up from chairs, etc. I have found it tends to go into "anti-shock" mode pretty easily, and have had it "collapse" slightly a couple times when I bore too much weight on it after it had turned and loosened. STill, I think it's a great piece of equipment, and I'm still using mine! Also great for travel, since it collapses up small!
better than straight walking sticks
i originally bought one a year or so ago....i thought it came in pairs like walking sticks.It comes as single..not a pair. But i still liked how i could walk with it like a cane or like a walking stick.
Only down fall was it was easy to pull beyond the limit when adjusting. I was walking in some reeds and it got caught and pulled it in half...so was broken.
I just now ordered 4 more...two for me and two for husband. We both have arthritis in our feet/ankle area so we really need help walking. Both of us have so far found we really enjoy the use of the cane feature as well as using it as walking stick.
i just warn him not to pull it beyond...and not to use in thick reed mud!!
But i use it everyday while walking dogs around a lake. It is also just much nicer than regular cane around town too.
Wish they were not discontinuing this.
I have used this style for close to 9yrs. I have delveloped a drop foot so when I walk I can fall at anytime. I find this helps me from falling but the handle is also the most comfortable for me. I have ordered two of these because for some reason the company has decided to discontinue this style and the handle which is made of cork. I find this handle to be the best for using on a daily basis. It is a easy handle to use a lot and am upset they will no longer carry this style. I wish they would at least carry replacement parts since you can take this apart and replacing the damaged parts would be an option. I can not find anything that I would say is a con on this product.
PUT TO THE TEST ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
I backpacked 25 miles on the Appalachian trail in NY over the weekend the trecking poles worked fine. I had added the rubber tip to the poles to save the tips from being flatten out on the rocks. My hands are large so it took a little to get use to the grips, my middle finger would get hung up on that nub on the grip. I think next time I might try wearing a lite weight pair of leather gloves. I had bought these poles because I am getting up there in age (54) and I have a bad back and knees. I had did some research and the trecking poles are supose to take some of the impact and provide balance. Which it did 100%. My friends tried them and they liked the trecking poles.
Best poles for hiking uphill or downhill
I find the "cane handle" grips to be much more comfortable than standard hiking pole grips. They are also the lightest poles I've ever used.
With the poles extended, they're very useful on steep downhills. Much easier to lean forward and put weight on them than with regular poles. On uphill sections, I shorten the poles. On very steep uphill sections they are useful while doing a rest step. And anytime the trail is rocky, the poles come in handy.
The only trail condition where regular poles might be better is on a flat trail where you would use the poles as you would when cross country skiing. I rarely hike trails that are flat, so I don't need or want regular hiking poles. (I have never seen anyone using regular poles correctly!)
Great all-purpose walking stick
I bought the walking stick with the cane style grip because I have back and foot problems, and sometimes, well, I need a cane! I use this while hiking and find that it's great on hills. It's also helpful when negotiating icy sidewalks while walking my dogs. With the rubber tip, I've used it around the house as a cane when I have pain issues. I don't know that it would stand up to constant use as a cane, but for occasional use, it's great. The only thing I don't like is that I have trouble tightening it enough so that it doesn't collapse a bit if I put some weight on it. Overall, I like it enough to have given two as gifts.
Like others have said, this is a good stable cane which can be used for general hiking, provide stability for seniors and those with balance issues, and help folks with hip/knee replacements post surgery. It looks good, the grip is comfortable and the shock absorber feature really helps. I'm currently using it after hip replacement surgery and it really fits the bill. I'll still use it for hiking after physical therapy is completed. It is essential to purchase the rubber tips for general use. Some people have complained it is difficult to adjust; have a bit of patience and work with it and you'll soon find it is a snap to adjust.
Durable and compact
I've had the non-antishock version of this pole for close to ten years and it still works perfectly. I first bought this pole for my elderly mother who needed a cane but refused to use one because she thought it made her look old (she's 84). She's used it every day for several years. I then recently bought this for myself because I've had problems with my shoulder and thought this might be a little easier on it than the un-springy pole. It collapses down smaller than any other pole and I can keep it in my pack when hiking until I want to use it.
Lightweight, compact, cane
The Komperdell Walking Pole with Cork Grip is as billed. It is light weight, collapsible, easy to adjust for users up to 6'4 inches. I am 6 ft 2 inches and still have a couple of inches of length that I have not used when adjusted for my height on a flat surface. The disadvantage is that these poles are labeled ultra light, which they are. If you are going to use them for serious hiking in rough terrain, you are hard on equipment or are of stout build, you would be better served by a stouter set of poles.
Good for any type of walking
This was to replace a defective walking stick of same brand but it did not have the anti-shock feature. In the short time I've had this,it is nice. Needs to have a rubber tip for places where the surface would be slippery (like cobblestones, museums, etc.)and quieter under certain circumstances. I found a rubber walking foot at a local sporting goods store that fits well and makes usage easier. Hand grip is comfortable. This brand collapses to a good size for packing in a suitcase. No real cons so far, other than that it needs a rubber tip.