Made a great purchase last winter of a springbrook collapsable wading staff from LRO. Had fished for years without one of these didn't think I needed one. I mean after all im 24 and in good shape surley these things were for old men right? Well after my fishing season has kicked off full blast I will say that it is something I won't go fishing without now. I can wade quieter on slick rocks and overall it makes the trip much more enjoyable. The staff folds down and fits into a small pouch I wear on my wading belt. An added bonus to this product is also if you ever go down a steep muddy hill after a rain in felt soled wading boots is you don't have to bust your rear!
So in summary, what I am saying is if you don't own one of these staffs you need to go see the fine folks at LRO and they will hook you up with one. You won't regret it.