Overall: 4.2 / 5 based on 16 reviews
13 of 16 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great quality -
By: KDHunter from Bella Vista, arkansas
Compact and out of the way until you need it. Quick and easy to get out of the sheath and assemble for use. Appears to be made of superior quality and works like a dream. You get what you pay for.
Love Hate Relationship -
By: datongdave from Exeter, NH
Top 50 Contributor
While this staff performs its job as advertised, I have concerns about its long term durability. The obvious weak points are the retractor to secure it to my belt and the tip. I've lost multiple tips on rivers around the world. Additionally, with one big fall, I bent the the staff 45 degrees.
Good Solution -
By: pete41 from La Junta, CO
Folding staff solves a lot of issues the wife had with a fixed staff made from a recycled cross country ski pole. It would be a five star item if it didn't require so much effort to seat the ball in the socket.
Excellent product -
Used in river and rocky streams. Light weight but very strong construction to support full weight bearing pressure.
Failure of system to secure staff -
By: JLHarrison from Colorado
The sleeve for the staff has a mesh loop for a wading belt. The mesh loop also has a retractor fastened to it with an O-ring which attaches to the staff. So sleeve is connected to belt, and sleeve is also connected to staff, preventing loss. However, the mesh loop that secures the entire system failed in two days of use. On the first day, I found that the O-ring that attaches the retractor to the mesh loop had almost worn through the loop. (Had I not discovered this, I might have lost the staff.) I moved the O-ring (and retractor) to a different portion of the mesh loop, but that portion also failed within a matter of hours. It appears that the O-ring rubs against the mesh loop and wears through it very quickly. Until this mesh loop is made to withstand the wear from the metal O-ring, I would not purchase this product.
Ripcord staff plus/minus -
By: PaulS37 from North Carolina
Top 1000 Contributor
I've been using the Ripcord staff for a number of months now. I originally purchased it for the interchangeable tip that included a hook for retrieving flies from trees, etc. It does a decent job as a wading staff but, it could be better. It uses a stretchable cord that must be pulled to extend a locking ball on the cord to engage a slot in the grip. That stretchable cord is going to be stretched if you're pulling a branch with the staff trying to get your fly out of a tree. That's not so good. A metal cable with a locking mechanism like another company's design would be better. On my last outing I picked up the staff from the water only to find the aluminum tip GONE. It screws into the staff and has a flat on it to engage a small wrench that comes with the tip kit only, there is no flat or way to grip the staff shaft so you can hold it tight enough to take advantage of the wrench on the tip. The tip doesn't get tightened enough and comes loose and fell off. I guess I could carry a pair of vise grips with me but, they're heavy and would mark or damage the shaft eventually. Finally the neoprene sheath for carrying the staff is so small in diameter that it's a real chore to get the staff back in it when I'm on the water. It's the only staff that has the interchangeable tips but, it comes with some drawbacks.
Does the job -
By: fishybez from Kenilworth, United Kingdom
I looked around for a good while before buying this staff, and I finally chose this one because it had a simple design suited to the job it was intended to perform. I particularly liked the non- stretch cord and the foolproof mechanical locking feature. It is a staff that is built to last. I've just returned from a fishing trip in the Alps and found myself wading in a thigh depth very strong flow in a forest with limited access and exit points. I can say from personal experience that this staff got me out of a potentially sticky situation. I recommend it unreservedly.
lost tip -
By: JackCK from Atlanta, GA
Agree with other reviewers concerning the quality and strength. However, I also had the tip unscrew somewhere while wading. Some kind of star or lock washer would make this perfect.
Great stabilizing tool on a slippery river bed -
By: jct133 from Pawlet, VT
Top 250 Contributor
This is a great wading staff. We purchased it as a gift for my grandfather, 82, who's fished many long years. He's enjoyed using the staff since we got it for him for our trip up to the Miramichi. The collapsible design is really great for travel and staying out of the way when you're just trying to fish.
My staff comforts me -
By: FlySterling from Stillwater River, MA
I really like the staff. It's solid, it collapses small for travel, it has a nice extension for removing a fly from where it's hung up, and gives me peace of mind while I'm wading (important for a 69 year old whose balance isn't what it used to be). My only negative (bringing my eval down to 4 stars) is that the strap/buckle for attaching the staff to your body isn't easy to use, nor is its intended attachment mechanism obvious.