This Carex cane (the shaft part) is outstanding. The shaft is very strong. I've bought the same cane over and over again because it is so sturdy and gives excellent support. I've fluctuated in weight over the past several years but currently weight 250 again. I apply a LOT of pressure on the cane because my leg is so bad; I really can't put much weight on my leg, so the cane bears much of my weight. That being said, the only complaint, drawback about this cane is the padded handle. On every one of these canes that I've purchased, the shaft always remains strong and solid, but the padded handles have split and gone bad, and to my knowledge, there is no way to repair or replace them. However, I've continued to buy the same cane despite the padded handle going bad, because it is the most "stable" regular cane I've found to walk with. In my opinion, it's more stable than any curved handle or curved shaft canes I've used. I hope Carex improves the handle, but even if they don't, I will keep buying this cane.