Summary: I have used this monopod for a few years now, usually with large, heavy glass and it is still as sturdy as the day I bought it. With or without a ball-head attached I find it very versatile. My only (minor) gripe would be that it's a bit shiny for wildlife use. A matt black or green version would be a "nice to have".
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight