I have had other sticks and enjoyed using them. When I lost the rubber tip on the one I had, and tried to find a replacement, it proved so difficult I decided to buy new ones. If you know when I can get these tips I would appreciate it if you would let me know. They offer great security if you have balance problems, which I do, and using two at once is even more reassuring. The only difference I notice from the one I had, is the smallness of the handle. But that is not a problem. I use my strap and it is fine. Thank you for the opportunity to give a review.