Which ones to choose?
Actually, most walking sticks can be used for any use. The differences between the different types do not lie in their morphology, but in the issues that we have already seen (folding, lightness, resistance, type of handle, rosettes, leash, etc.).
And it is that, if something characterizes them, it is their versatility. Once deployed, they all do more or less the same function. So the choice will depend on factors such as lightness, the folding that we need according to our activity, its rigidity, solidity etc.
If you are versatile and only want a cane.
Without a doubt, a 3-section telescopic one. It will serve you for everything, with very good performance and, in addition, for a long time. It does not matter if you take a walk along a path around your house, that you cross a hill at 3,000 m. altitude, whether you are in a four-thousand of the Alps or in Nepal: This type of poles will work perfectly. The aluminum ones weigh slightly more, and are less rigid, but they are totally reliable. The new carbon models have already reached almost the same resistance, they are stiffer (they transmit less vibrations), and they tend to weigh less.