Summary: This Manfrotto monopod is a well made useful addition to a photographer's aresenal. It's not the lightest weight monopod out there but is one of the sturdiest. I carry my photographic equipment on a motorcycle so I appreciate the ability to put this monopod in my top box instead of the need to strap a larger tripod behind me.
Summary: I found the monopod to be quite sturdy and the locking mechanism easy to use and reliable. What I don't like is the hand strap is not reliable and on the very first use I dropped the monopod on the garage floor with the hand strap still in my hand. I found no way to keep the hand strap from slipping no matter what I do. I liked the addition of the little tool to make adjustments to the locking clamps if needed but found it missing when I arrived at my destination.
Summary: This is my first monopod, and it's a pretty cool gadget. I prefer to use a tripod to steady my camera. but when it's not practical to do so, a monopod is a good alternative. This model is solid -- a little bigger in diameter than I thought it would be at the top, but it does inspire confidence. I use it with a ball head (you really need a good head of some kind).
Summary: I used this monopod to support a heavy lens while shooting BASE jumpers at Bridge Day in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Using the product was a positive experience; however, when I added the folding base, the overall system became heavier and a bit difficult to use.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight