Walking Sticks for People Who Don’t Like Walking Sticks

We receive a number of enquiries from people, particularly younger people who need a walking stick but do not want an unattractive and bulky cane that screams DISABILITY!

If you or anybody you know needs to use a walking stick or some kind of walking aid in their daily lives but are reluctant to do so for whatever reason, then here is an update on what is available on the market today that may help to change your or their mind.

First of all you need to identify what a stick would be used for. Would it be useful to have a stick that turns into a seat to be used when waiting in a long queue (at the airport for example) when there isn’t a readily available seat? Or would it be nice to have a strong, reliable walking stick that looks like a hiking pole instead of a mobility aid?

Many people, particularly young people or people who have had an accident do not want to use a stick for support. I think the main reason for this is that the thought of a walking stick conjures up images of NHS, bulky and unattractive sticks and people are unaware of the sportier, more attractive sticks available.To take a fresh look at what is available these days, a good place to start looking is on the internet.

Sticks today can be bought in funky metallic pink, designer patterns, pretty floral or sporty styles. You can buy sticks that look like umbrellas but have the strength to support a person and have different walking stick style handles, not just crooks. Whatever your taste or favourite colour, you are sure to find something to suit.

Other considerations are whether a stick would be more of a hindrance than a help. If a stick may only be needed for occasional use then you don’t want to be carrying it around all of the time unnecessarily. You won’t be wanting something too heavy in this case either. Well, the solution is to get a fold-able walking stick. One that can be stowed away in a handbag or (for men) in a jacket pocket. These sticks tend to be very lightweight but strong and reliable when it comes to supporting the user..Carbon fibre walking sticks are also a brilliant solution. Some weigh only 250 grams but are incredibly strong (ten times stronger than aluminium sticks).

Also it is worth keeping up with the ever increasing pace of technology and innovation. For example, if its a stick for the blind that’s needed, you know one that’s painted all-white for increased visibility, there is now talk of a handheld wireless sensor the size of a television remote control that may soon replace the white canes and other walking sticks that have guided the blind for centuries.The sensor is designed to detect obstacles in the way and a working model of the magic wand hasn’t been built yet but give it time…

We are pleased to be able to offer a large choice of walking sticks in many different styles, colours and sizes that we feel there is something to suit everybody!

New Look Website!

Walking Sticks Online Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new-look website. We  have added some new products, such as umbrella sticks, shopping trolleys and quad canes.

We have also added some new and improved features to make shopping with us easier and enabling you to share your finds with others. We have improved our contact us function into a better form so that you can email us from any computer, not just your own. You can also tell a friend using another easy online form if you find something on our site that you want to share with somebody.Lastly, you can now request a catalogue that we can post to any address so that you can browse through our range of walking sticks at your leisure or share it with someone that isn’t online.I you think we have missed something or there is something else you would like us to feature on the website, please do contact us!

Customize your Walking Stick

For all the Artistic people out there why not get some Paintbrushes out and get creative with your Walking Stick. Anyone that watches the TV Series “House” would have seen Dr Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie) own array of Walking Sticks such as this one with cool flames along the side of it as seen here. walking-stick-housesmall.jpgThe possibilities are endless, you could make it Autumnal by painting leaves on it or a Wintery one with Snow, paint your name on it or a loved ones name, dedicate your stick to a Musician you like, there’s a million designs you could do, give it some thought. However if a Paintbrush isn’t your friend then you could instead ask a friend or a relative if they wouldn’t mind designing and/or painting your Walking Stick for you. You will need a water based gloss enamel paint and something to hang your stick to so you can paint it easily without smudging it. After you have finished painting it get a lacquer spray to seal the paint and to stop your beautiful art from being damaged. So go ahead and personalize your Walking Stick. Have fun Painting!

Walk The Nordic Way

Naturally we learn to walk from a very young age, but as you get older walking turns into a great way of keeping healthy and a way of burning a large amount of calories.

You can take your walking up a level with a pair of solid Walking Sticks such as the ones shown here at the bottom. Make sure to use the most suitable tip for terrain you will be on whether its concrete, grass, mud, stone etc.

It is known to have a large benefit on your health by increasing your heart rate, strengthening your main muscles in your upper body and it burns a lot more calories, and to top it off it will feel like less hard work as it is low impact and fluid. It originated from a training method used by ski coaches and skiers in Norway when off Season to keep them fit and healthy. It really evolved from there taking place all over Europe from France to Finland to the US in the late 80s when the technique was “Urbanized”.

It can be done anywhere and many different people use it to there advantage such as backpackers so it can ease the weight on there backs or even anyone with knee pain or hip pain as they find they can walk more powerfully while there pains are being eliminated making for a much more enjoyable walk.

The technique to Nordic walking is having a loose grip on each of the sticks and with every stride you apply a decent amount of force with your sticks keeping the sticks close to you and behind you, not in-front of you like crutches.

Its the ideal full body workout for all ages. Give it a go!

Buy Nordic Walking Poles
Buy Nordic Walking Poles

New Completely White Sticks For The Blind

Getting to know your way around is one thing, but being as visible and safe as possible is just as important. Having a completely White stick will keep you highly visible especially in heavy Traffic areas, and with the option of having a Anti-Slip Ice Grip added on along with other useful accessories will make you fully functional and safe this Winter. The Anti-Slip Ice Grip fits any Walking Stick by tightening the 2 screws and when you are indoors or if the weather has turned for the better you can flip up the spiked end very easily. Keep yourself safe with the help of this stick and its accessories.Anti-Slip Ice GripWalking Stick for the Blind

More Carbon Fibre Walking Sticks Now in Stock

Due to the popularity of our range of carbon fibre walking sticks we have introduced a few more this week. There’s the new crook handled canes, one fixed length one piece cane and the other is height adjustable. The fixed length cane weighs just 210g! And the adjustable just 230g!

We also have a new folding cane and two new crutch handled canes, all three in a deep burgandy colour.

Even though the carbon fibre sticks are a little more expensive than the aluminium or wooden canes, we have found them to be one of the best selling sticks. This popularity is no doubt due to the amazing lightness and strength of carbon fibre, this amazing modern high-tech material.

Please go the website to find out more (measurements and images)  about the new walking sticks in stock and ready to order now!

More News about the Slikstik, the Brilliant Walking Stick Invented by Denise Anstey

One of new walking sticks, the Slikstik has sold particularly well since it’s introduction about a month ago and its no surprise! The Slikstik has lots of practical and ingenius features such as a built in torch and strong magnet in the handle to pick up dropped keys and the like. Denise Anstey (the designer and inventor of the Slikstik) was the overall winner at the Global Women’s Inventors and Innovators Network 2009, winning the British Female Inventors and Innovators Award 2009.

Walking Stick Inventor 

Inventor of the Slik-Stik™, Denise Anstey, approached TCL Products in 2008, in the hope that we could help bring her fantastic product to market. After a car accident in 1998, Denise was left significantly disabled and has since remarkably overcome many challenges. Her inventionof the Slik-Stik™ was borne out of her struggles and her desire to help others in similar situations.

Re-defining the walking stick, Denise has created a safetyand environmentally conscious, essential mobility aid which she hopes will make a positive difference to someone’s life. Truly an outstanding award but a recognition of not only the hard work bringing the product to market but to the design and concept of the stick itself.

We think this walking stick is amazing and are pleased that it is so popular. You can order it on the website here http://www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk TCL Products is a family run business offering many other innovative, practical products for everyday living, check them out in Google!

Amazing New Safety Wallking Stick, the Slik Stik!

Introducing the Ventus safety walking stick by inventor Trevor Baylis. Its the stick that everyone is raving about! It has been sold widely already through the QVC shopping channel and has been featured on programmes like “BBC Working Lunch” and in many newspaper and magazine editorials. This amazing new stick is available to purchase from http://www.walkingsticksonline.co.uk at £35 plus P+P.

The SLIK-STIK™ is the brainchild of Baylis Next Generation protégé, Denise Anstey, a disabled lady who was dissatisfied with the poor ergonomics and basic function of conventional walking sticks.

The Slik-Stik folds for convenient storage and portability, whilst maintaining a firm and rigid support when extended. A four – position stem adjusts easily to your preferred height while the comfortable and well designed hand grip has a rubberised non-slip coating.

The front of the hand grip incorporates a super bright LED torch light which shines a forward beam and a foot-fall floodlight to ensure safe footing at night on pavements, steps, and other trip hazards. The rear of the handle incorporates a built in panic alarm that can be activated to alert for help.

A further press on the control button provides high intensity red LED strobe lights located down the shaft of the stick, adding safety and security when walking near to traffic or crossing roads.

Better still, the above functions do NOT require the use of disposable batteries therefore ensuring an Eco-Friendly product. Even though the hand grip has a superb ergonomic and compact profile, the engineers at BAYLIS have skilfully incorporated their latest state-of-the-art induction generator system inside. A minute winding of the retractable handle is sufficient to provide several minutes of emergency illumination, whilst the included mains charger will fully re-charge the system in around three hours.

Finally, one further frustration for Denise has been addressed by the handy inclusion of a strong pick-up magnet in the handle – just in case you drop those keys again, and a convenient wrist strap for portability.
Another BAYLIS winner!

“My original windup radio pioneered a new eco technology that is as relevant and cutting edge today as it was sixteen years ago.

Now we have developed a range of products that combine the best of these modern ideas with the freedom and energy efficiency of windup technology, including this fantastic safety walking stick.

I am so proud to associate my name with this revolutionary aid that could benefit so many millions of disabled persons worldwide.

Welcome to the next generation.”
Trevor Baylis OBE.

SlikStik safety walking stick

Things to Consider when Choosing a Walking Stick

The most important thing when choosing a walking stick is to
get the correct height. The easiest way to discover what height stick
you need is to stand up straight with your arms to your side and measure the
distance from your wrist to the ground, then this is the height you need.

It is important to find out more about the measurements of a walking stick
on a website before you buy because sometimes the measurements shown describe
the total height (i.e to the top of the handle) and sometimes it is the height
from the ground to the underneath of the handle. This could mean a difference
of up to a inch, depending on the handle type.

Some sticks are sold as a one piece, fixed length item and others are adjustable.

The second consideration is the TYPE of handle that will best suit your needs.
There are generally quite a few different styles to choose from, all with their
own special purposes.

Derby walking canes are popular because the Derby style handle is designed to hook over the wrist to free up the hands when required. Crook handles offer the same benefit, hooking over the wrist or arm.

Anatomical shaped handles, i.e handles made of a resin or moulded plastic which fit the shape of the palms are the most comfortable handle type. These types of sticks are usually sold in a right and a left hand model and usually bought as a pair. They are best appreciated by people who rely heavily on a walking stick (or two).

Crutch handles provide a reassuring grip, promoting confidence in the user. Crutch handles are also lighter and generally smaller than other handle types.

The third thing to find out about a stick is the maximum weight it has been
tested to support. Some sticks are stronger than others depending on the materials used to make the shaft.

Carbide walking sticks are the strongest (and most lightweight) that
money can buy. Other materials used are usually: Aluminium (for hiking poles, collapsible canes and folding sticks), wood ( Chestnut, Hazel, Beech, Ash and Hardwoods) or Bamboo.

Aluminium is strong and lightweight, wood used for stick making is carefully selected, dried for a year and treated so is a reliable source for stick making and bamboo is flexible and strong.

Number four. Will the stick be for occasional or frequent use?

This is a very practical question you need to ask yourself to save you money and to get the perfect stick for you. If a stick is for occasional use (for instance, you may need something to lean on when in a queue) a fold-able or telescopic stick is probably best. It is best to have a lightweight stick that folds or collapses down to a small size that can be kept in a handbag or rucksack when it is not needed so that you don’t need to unnecessarily carry around a walking
stick.

A flip stick or foldaway seat is a good option if you need a seat when out and about when there might not be any available (i.e at an outdoor event such as a fair or in an airport). Flip sticks usually incorporate a seat and a walking stick (with handle) in one, so you have the choice of a quick seat or stick as required.

If a walking stick is going to be used for frequent use, then a lightweight stick with a comfortable handle is the best thing, or perhaps even two sticks to evenly distribute your weight and the pressure on your hands.

The fifth point to consider is where the walking stick will be used. Will it be used around the house, for going to the shops and out and about, for walks in the countryside or to take away on holidays?

For use around the home, you will a stick with a rubber ferrule (tip) which provides a better grip on slippery surfaces than steel or brass ferrules. For general use around town, things to consider are the same as the previous points already mentioned.

For country walkers and hikers; lightweight hiking poles are an excellent choice as they are strong, lightweight and most importantly, adjustable. Usually sold as a pair, hiking poles can be easily and quickly adjusted in height. This is particularly useful for hill walking because you can shorten both sticks to ascend, lengthen to descend or have them at different heights for walking across a hill on a steep slope to help keep your balance.

There is a large choice of walking sticks on the market suitable for holiday makers. Any sticks that are fold-able or collapsible compact down to a small size for luggage.

To summarise, the five most important points to consider when choosing a walking stick for yourself or for someone else are; the height needed, the best handle type to buy, strength and weight designed to support, how often the stick will be used and where.

New Luxury Foldable Seat Stick

 

We have a new luxury foldable seat available now to buy online, price £52. The frame is made from Rose wood and the seat is made from strong leather, held together with strong fixings. This lovely seat folds up nicely and can be carried over the shoulder with the leather shoulder strap.

Leather Foldable Seat Stick

This very sturdy seat is great for picnics, bird-watching and outdoor events.