Strong enough for what? I wouldn't advise you straddle it across two chairs and stand on it. But if you'll notice who it is that produces these, it's a golf club manufacturer. Golf clubs are pretty slender, too. But you've got to try to break one to break it. Of the 40+ that were ordered 5 years ago, I know of none that have broken. And these weren't being bought by old people who have bad hips. These have been used in cane training, and struck sparring dummies full force. About the only damage that has occurred to mine is a couple tiny spots where the paint flecked off a bit. They're pretty darn stout.