Great Value, Quality product
Verified Buyer Reviewed by I love wool from Willamette Valley, Oregon on Friday, July 3, 2015
I am physically disabled and rely on a walker for my mobility. However, at my own risk, I use sticks at certain times. The walker does not do so well when fishing on a stream bank, navigating a mountain trail or on the beach. I have lockable and shock absorbent sticks, but prefer shock absorbent sticks. I am hesitant to use them on the beach, because sand always finds an entry point and will ruin things or at least wear them out prematurely. Of course with STP prices, I might as well be comfortable. I still have mixed feelings about the cork handles, due to the hardness, but I am sure in the long run, I will be happy. My only fear, which has not happened with these, yet, nor do I expect it to happen due to what seems to be improved quality, is pole collapse. The absorbers don't lock and it could happen. I have a single stick, which is several years older and until I learned the hard way that I have to tighten it at the joints occasionally with prolonged use to prevent collapse, I had a full accidents. Maybe I got a dud, but not enough of one to keep me from ordering a pair vs. a single. The pairs with baskets are great on the beach, but I have not used these on the beach yet, but the baskets are attached and ready. Buy extra baskets and tips. If you own sticks, you know this and if you don't you'll be glad one day that you did. STP prices are cheaper than the local specialty store you would have to find to purchase replacements.