Took this on my recent trip to South America. Held up real well. Compact enough to put into my carry-on pack and light enough where I didn't even notice I was carrying it. It held both the hitcase and gopro extremely well. It might seem a little fishy tightening the pole as a twist lock, but it surprisingly held up very and never failed once on me. Wish it had some sort of tightening mechanism on the wrist strap. It's got a wide range of devices it would work with, and if you're looking to carry something compact enough to almost carry in your cargo pocket (don't know who rocks those anymore, but in case you do...) or maybe even using it as a protective instrument while your traveling in dark alley ways in a foreign country, this should do the job. Almost seems really weak due to it being aluminum but it is quite sturdy.