Have you ever started crossing a river only to find that halfway across your thinking, this might not be a good idea? The current is pushing you down stream and you don't want to take that next step. When you do finally get across (nerves a little shaken) your thinking how am I going to get back across. When the time comes, you look for a broken tree limb for additional support. Well having a wading staff is your answer. I have just received some high quality, best-valued staffs I've come across. Compare them to the big names on the market and you will see what I mean.