Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stikstool - The lightest stool bar none

The Stikstool weighs less than 5 ounces. Thats all you need to carry in your pack. The seat, collar and 4 end caps. Thats all, less than 5 ounces. Compare that to any comfortable seat or stool out there. Pads don't because they are not comfortable to me.

Stikstool - trekking vs hiking

When did the wooden hiking stick become unfashionable? I still see people using them. It is still a personal preference. I still see blogs where comments about the Stikstool is too heavy. They comment as if you were carrying it on your back. It weighs less than a wooden hiking stick. Now I realize you can make a wooden stick weigh as much as you want. I weighed several and the average is above 26 ounces. How weak are these hikers? My children hiked with hiking sticks that weighed more than 26 ounces. I'll say it again, how weak are you? Have you ever hiked with a wooden hiking stick and at the end of the hike said, wow that is one heavy stick?
Are the trekking poles just a fashion statement? Can one hold the weight of a hiker leaning heavily on it, or do you need two? Do those who prefer trekking poles tell their friends, hey I'm going trekking this weekend. I don't, I go hiking. I can't tell you how many times I need a hand to grab a rock or tree to get to where I am going. I like having a free hand.