The OPST Wading Staff is a four sectioned aluminum staff with a hardened
tip. It self-assembles thanks to an internal bungee cord--just throw
it out into the air and it will come together without any awkwardness.
The handle is PVC foam that secures to a tether with a clip. It has a
spring-loaded height adjustment with six different settings, and it
comes in a neoprene case with a sleeve for a wading belt. The tether
cord is centered into the top of the handle so that it stays put in the
water instead of side-planering away from you as do most other wading
staffs. The tapered ferrules are machined from aluminum bar-stock and if
you wax them, you won't need to pound them apart on the stream-side
boulder the way you do with other less well designed staffs. Have we
actually used one of these staffs...no, they are too new, but we have
used enough different brands and designs of wading staffs to know the
weak points. It appears that the team at OPST has put a lot of thought
into correcting the difficulties with other staffs. The price on these
new staffs is very attractive as well.