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Leeda Volare wading staff

By Magnus Angus

"So, this is a significant step on from my old folding staff."

Looks like four sections, but a fifth section slides over the slimmer handle section.
Looks like four sections, but a fifth section slides over the slimmer handle section.

A folding wading staff in a neoprene scabbard.

The folding staff I've used for a couple of years has an elastic cord at the core. Pull the bundle of sections from its holder and the elastic pops the sections together. It's handy, but...if I'm honest...too light, and in heavy water the elastic is not enough, on one scary but memorable occasion pressure of water blew it apart.

So, this is a significant step on from my old folding staff. These aluminium sections are very nicely finished and far more solid than my old staff, a firm black EVA foam grip and a metal point at the tip. Shake out the sections and the cord at the centre of this is clearly not elastic. The top section has a sleeve which slides down and with a little push a spring button holds it in place, locking the staff. I've used tents which use similar locks. This is far more secure, far more rigid than my old staff.

However, there are still some down sides: this is still really too light, an ideal and far less practical wading staff would have substantial weight at the tip so it sinks; I'm not wild about the metal tip, tap-tap-tap-ing as I wade, I'd fit a strong rubbery tip for preference; the wrist strap this comes with is utterly pointless (let's see you cast with that round your wrist!); easy enough to fit a longer lanyard, but really that should be already fitted. 

That said, this staff is far stronger and better finished than my old folding staff and it would not take a great deal of effort to fit a rubber tip and a length of cord. At £69.99 the Volare Staff is about double the price I paid for that old one, and worth it.

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Price: from £69.99
From: Leeda stockists.

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