I am writing this letter to speak for knees in pain everywhere. In the earlier years, I remember being able to function so easily and felt great, hiking and backpacking around with no problem. But lately, I have not been working like I used to. For years now, I have been trying to let Cayla know that going down steep hills is virtually getting impossible for me. I scream in pain when she loads herself up with a massive heavy backpack and continues to work me for days. She has relentlessly ignored my cries, saying that trekking poles are only for the elderly. It turns out, I am not alone. I have noticed knees everywhere are just getting tired and overworked, we just can't keep up these days and we certainly can't do all these strenuous activities alone. And finally, Leki has heard our cries. Lo and behold, the trekking pole. This brilliant invention has assisted me in those strenuous activities that I have always had to manage alone - taking the bulk of the weight off me and dissipating it elsewhere. I no longer cry in protest as Cayla hikes down hills, or backpacks in the mountains. These certain poles are perfect for the activities we do, and especially for the trekking pole newbies. While being light and comfortable, they are super easy to break down and pop into place with that speed lock mechanism. Thank you Leki for hearing my pleas, I will be forever grateful.