Pros: Weight, Balance, Construction, Materials
This collapsable/extendable metal baton was exactly what I wanted. It appears to be a quality product (which I researched thoroughly before buying) and it gives me the length (26") to allow some distance between me and an attacker (whether human or critter). I mainly bought it to protect my dog and myself from encounters on walks in the country. So far I've had to use it only once (a snarling, growling dog) and when the dog heading toward us saw and heard me snap it into its full length, it stopped and decided it was just out there to smell the flowers rather than encounter us. After extending, it's easy to collapse back into it's carrying length, which is about 9 inches--just smack it on a hard surface tip-first. The handle is excellent too, providing a firm grip with its nubbiness yet not bothering your hands with too much texturing. I recommend it unreservedly. And to make matters better, it cost much less than some of the other brands that I reviewed.