Confessions of a Blind Guy | I Bought A New Cane

As many of you already know. I use a white cane. I have done so ever since I started my Mobility Training back in November 2012. For quite a few months now, i’ve noticed that my faithful white cane has started looking rather tatty. Well, it is nearly four years old. That’s why I finally decided to upgrade to a new rather swanky and extremely light new one. After much deliberation, I finally bought the RNIB 150cm Ultralite Graphite Folding Long Cane – Roller Tip, and I thought I would tell you all about it, including how I made sure I was getting the right cane for me, why I chose it, and what I thought of it now that i’ve been using it for a little while.

me holding a white cane.

A picture of me holding my white cane.

The first thing I had to do, even before I started looking at all the different  cane options, is measure myself so I would know what length of cane to buy.

There’s actually two ways to do this. The first is if you’ve never used a cane before. With a tape measure, you measure from the floor to your underarm. The second way is pretty much the same, except you measure to your chin. The reason for the extra length is because you already have your swiping motion down to an art. The extra length also means that you can swipe a larger area, and hopefully walk a little faster.

Once I had measured myself, which by the way was a lot more than my old cane, 155cm, I moved on to the next step. Which cane do I buy?

I first started by looking at all the different canes that the RNIB store had on offer, and god there’s a lot.

I did a little research, and the advice I found said if you’ve never used a cane before, it is best to ask you’re local Mobility Team for advice on which type of cane is best for you. It also said that if you’re already using a cane, to just stick with the style and tip you’re already used to. I have always used a long folding cane with a roller tip, so those are the ones I looked at.

I then had to choose what type of material I wanted. As far as I was aware, you could only get Aluminium canes, but you can now also get Graphite canes too. These are said to be 20% lighter and less prone to joint ware. I always found my cane to be a little heavy, so I decided on the Graphite option.

All I then had to do is click on the one that had my measurements in the title, but this is where I got stuck. The RNIB store only stocks up to 150cm. After a little thought, I decided to just get the 150cm, and hope it would be the right one for me. All I then had to do is add it to my basket, pay, and wait for it to arrive.

The delivery was amazing. I was expecting it to take at least a week. I ordered it on a Wednesday, and it arrived on the Friday. Which in delivery terms is extremely quick.

I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and I absolutely love it. When I unravelled it for the very first time, I did think it would be a little too long, mainly because it’s a lot bigger than my old cane, but I actually think it’s a perfect fit. The extra length allows me to walk a lot faster than my old cane, which to me is fantastic. It’s incredibly light compared to my old cane. When i’m using it, apart from the sound on the ground, I sometimes forget that i’m even holding it. Instead of it coming in four sections like my old cane, this came in six, which when I put it away for the first time kind of threw me a little, but after a couple of times i’m rather used to it now. The only bad thing I can say about my new cane is, well it’s not really a bad thing, when putting away my cane, I do notice that the individual pieces don’t unfassen as easily as my old cane. It feels like i’m trying to prize apart two magnets rather than unfassen my cane, but i’m pretty sure that will wear away the more that I use it. The handle is also a lot rougher than my old cane, but again i’m sure that will soften the more I use it. The roller tip actually swipes a lot smoother than my old cane, which as you can guess I rather like. As I said, it folds up into six sections rather than four, this means that it’s extremely compact, which is fantastic, as sometimes I don’t need to use or carry my cane, when i’m in a restaurant for example, and it’s nice that I can just slip it into my bag and it doesn’t take up so much room.

Overall I would have to rate the RNIB 150cm Ultralite Graphite Folding Long Cane – Roller Tip, a nine out of ten. I am extremely impressed with both the cane, and RNIB’s service. The only things I would change would have to be the easyness of folding the cane back up, and the softness of the handle. Other than that, it’s a fantastic cane, and if you’re looking for a new cane I highly recommend you check it out.

If you would like to check out the RNIB 150cm Ultralite Graphite Folding Long Cane – Roller Tip for yourself, then you can either contact your local RNIB centre, or you can find it online here.

Have you checked out the RNIB 150cm Ultralite Graphite Folding Long Cane – Roller Tip? What did you think? What other things do I need to check out from the RNIB? Please let me know down below.

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Luke x

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