@chndlr04, I get it I think the point is that there is no power in the pole. Apart from making you look a certain way, I have always thought the conventional trekking pole unbalances you - so that you don't rely on quads, glutes, core and back-posture to maintain a solid gait - and also (as a result) the standard pole puts stress on your wrists, elbows and shoulder girdle. It also seems to excuse dropping your head forward .. which in the end weighs a lot . I'd go so far as to say that the only proper use for a conventional pole is to hold up one end of a tarp That said, I have seen lots of alpinists with poles, and the scandinavian tradition of walking and x-country skiing with poles (and its particular, attendant stride) can't be entirely overlooked, I guess. Anyway and whatever, this is not that. The Pacer Pole - with the reversed handle and associated techniques of use - isn't a crutch. It is a correctional and mnemonic device used to rehabilitate your walking towards a less effortful and more sustainable mechanics of exercise by making you think about foot placement, rhythm etc. It will, even if you adopt only the technique of their use and not the poles themselves, improve the efficacy of your pace even to the point that you may find it hard work keeping up with yourself. If you are a 200lb pneumatic athlete, this isn't likely for you. But that's not everyone Though agfain, that said, my guess is that there are plenty of hale lads and lasses out there using these poles. They pretty popular.