I have had the dubious pleasure of using crutches, solely or together with a wheelchair for most of the last 18 months. As i am staying active, I purchased these a month ago to use with my new 21 speed, recumbent trike, so I would have the mobility of folding crutches when I got somewhere. I have found however the design is far superior to my regular crutches, to the point that I use these exclusively. These crutches also are allowing the sores on my hand, made by the other crutches, to heal. I simply feel more comfortable on these than I ever did on my old ones.