Summary: I bought this monopod mainly for use with my Nikon D300+80-200mm f2.8 while hiking in the mountains. It is relatively light and compact. The pod is very strong and provides the rigidity I was hoping for. The rubber covered broad foot also tilts adding stability when not holding the pod vertical. The five sections allow alot of adjustment but four sections would have allowed faster setup in some situations.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: I had tried others but after purchasing a Nikon D300/extra batt grip and 80-200 zoom I knew I needed a serious monopod, I shoot mostly sports, and nature stuff. The Giottos 9160 is a great one at a great price, very study, and fast to use and most of all lightweight.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: I have used a variety of monopods over the years and this is the best. Its easy to open/close and has a very solid footing. Its short enough to carry on the side of my camera bag and not too heavy. Most of all it provides a very solid base for my camera. Note; I did add a small ball head to it .
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement