Summary: A well priced monopod that extends quickly and locks into place assuredly. However, I lost the bottom rubber stopper, fell off while getting into an elevator and went down the crack between the car and door. Getting a replacement from Bogen has proved impossible.
Summary: The Manfrotto 679B monopod is a very sturdy unit. It extends quickly and smoothly w/ flip locking levers. It is not 63 3/4" tall however. It is 61 5/8" tall. This is somewhat of an issue for me as I'm 6'3" (75") tall. The 2 1/8" difference won't effect me too much, but if you are looking for a taller monopod, you'll need to look elsewhere. Other than that, it has a neat retracting 3/8" and 1/4" thread capability to handle many differnet equipments types.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: Monopods in general are a little awkward, but sometimes with large lenses and long periods of time you might consider one. Bogen/Manfrotto did a nice job with this one. For the price it's solidly built and easy to operate.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight