Today I’m reviewing the Flexyfoot walking stick. I’ve been using the Flexyfoot ferrule for a good few years now, and I love it! It made walking with a stick much easier on my hands and shoulders. I
seriously wouldn’t consider a walking stick without one now. I recently discovered that Flexyfoot have made a range of walking sticks, walking poles and crutches as well. So today I am reviewing their folding walking stick with oval handle. They also do a telescopic walking stick. Both walking sticks come with either a cork handle or the soft grip oval handle.
When it first arrived I thought that the colour (even though its not my normal choice) was quite striking. It definitely doesn’t look at all medical, which is always a plus point in my eyes! The wrist strap is a big help. I’ve been known to drop my stick and not be able to pick it up more times that I can recount. Its quite soft so it doesn’t hurt your wrist.
The handle itself does really help reduce the pain I get in my wrists. It spreads the weight across my hand rather than in one direction. My wrist is in a far more natural position than when using a straight handle. The soft grip is softer than some grips but it’s not quite as soft as the gel grip that I used before. I’m sure it will soften further with use.
This folding stick also adjusts, which is very helpful! It also comes in 2 sizes. Size A, which is the one I have, suits heights between approximately 152 cm -180 cm (that’s around 5ft to 5ft 10). Size B suits heights between approximately 172 cm – 188 cm (possibly taller but that depends on your proportions). These are only rough guidelines. To get an accurate measurement measure from your wrist bone down to your feet (whilst wearing shoes). I once made the mistake of measuring without wearing shoes and ended up with a stick that was too short!
The folding mechanism is great. Two problems I find with most folding walking sticks is that they either are very stiff to pull apart, or they’ll spring back and nip your fingers whilst you’re putting it back together. The flexyfoot does neither, and has a no sharp bits to catch your fingers on. It folds down to a small enough size to put into a backpack or a large handbag. It also comes with a little carry bag so if the ferrule gets muddy you don’t get mud everywhere else.
Now coming down to the ferrule itself. This is what makes this great stick a fantastic stick is the ferrule. Its very flexible and has given me great stability when walking. It also reduces the pressure put upon your wrist.
All in all I think it’s a great product. It is a bit more expensive than standard walking sticks, but the ferrules last a lot longer than standard ones, and the quality in this case is worth paying for.
The only thing I would change would be making the soft grip a little softer, but it’s perfectly fine to use as it is.