Due to a balance disorder I need a cane to get about. I tried folding canes, but all of them made a clicking noise with every plant of the cane. I'm tall (6'3") and heavy (around 275#) so sturdiness is essential.
I tried the Komperdell Walker and it's perfect. The two clamps make it infinitely adjustable between the minimim and maximum. Clamped tightly (a twist of the wrist does it, it supports me well. The cane came with two rubber tips, which I use all the time (the aluminum tip is useful only for off-the-road walking). The cork handle is comfortable over long periods of time, and when it's time to collapse the cane it is compact enough to stash anywyere.
I put a carabiner on the nylon strap and hang it from my belt whenever I want the cane out of the way (as in restraunts). I hook the strap over a cup holder in my car and the cane always handy and ready for use when I get out.
Only one caution: you must be sure to tighten the clamps firmly, or the cane will collapse -- as I discovered one night on the stairs at my sister-in-law's. Also, be aware that the aluminum tip on the cane will wear through the rubber tip pretty quickly. I put a small washer into the rubber tip before putting it on the cane, which cuts down on the punching action of the aluminum tip. I like mine so much I've ordered two more, just in case one gets lost or damaged.
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Komperdell Walker Trekking Pole is a single lightweight trekking pole for suitable for a day hike or backcountry treks. Features a comfortable breathable cork grip, nylon system strap, aluminum alloy construction, vario mini baskets, steel tip. Very compact.
Adds balance and stability to your outdoor strolls with the Komperdell Walker trekking pole. Telescoping aluminum pole is lightweight and strong, and adjusts quickly and securely. 2-position grip can be used as a cane on gentle to moderate hills. Compacts down to 20 in. and extends to 39 in. Cork grip molds to your hand over time for a personalized fit, insulates in cold weather and absorbs sweat in warm weather; adjustable strap. Durable steel tip and a trekking-style basket suit a wide range of conditions, from dirt and rocks to hardpack snow. Closeout.
Like a 4 X 4 engage your arms as well as your legs on your power walks and hikes with the Komperdell Walker Trekking Poles. Proven to save energy on uphill climbs by 25%, this stick saves your knees on descents, and significantly improves your stability and safety when you are on the move. The Komperdell antishock system built into the pole adds extra cushioning. A comfortable cork grip offers a variety of grip points, and an adjustable strap helps take the load off your wrist. This lightweight pole collapses to less than two feet, making it supremely packable and portable; when you're ready to hit the trail, deploy the Powerlock system to set the pole to the desired length.
- Altrec Outdoors
The Komperdell Walker is the most basic in the Walker series | No airshock allows this 3 piece pole to come in at a great price | Sold as a single pole | Comes with a cork handle, strap band, steel tip, and trekking basket
- Tahoe Mountain Sports