Pros: Weight, Balance, Construction, Materials
I carry this product for self defense. It is very comfortable in the pocket, and with minimal practice is easy to open quickly. Traditional baton tactics can be difficult because of the diminutive size, but slightly modifying your grip and foot positioning will alleviate that problem. For such a lightweight baton the P16 hits hard. Strikes on the heavy bag felt good and solid. You really have to close the distance to get a good hit, but because this is a smaller lighter baton it is definitely quicker to swing, and would be harder for you assailant to track. They can't block or avoid the blow if they have trouble seeing it coming. All in all I feel very comfortable with the P16 as a less than lethal defensive tool. I would suggest to anyone considering an expandable baton for a personal defense tool to seek out some formal training first. Your tool is only as good as your knowledge to use it.