I finally got around to trying the poles when I was hiking. I think I prefer my trusty old walking stick to the poles, although I did find them helpful when I hit flat ground again. They are a wonderful way to keep rhythm in one's walk and to keep moving forward. I have noticed that a majority of the hikers in my age group, late middle age or early old age, are using the poles when they hike. Most of my PD effect is on my right side so the walking stick held in my right hand works pretty well for me when hiking, but when I'm in town walking I definitely like the poles.