We recieved our order today. My teenage son had saved his Christmas money to buy accessories for the camera he had saved for over a year to buy. He took it out of the packaging and extended the pole. As he tried to retract it less than a minute later it snapped in half. I saw it happen. The sections don't move smoothly and are very stiff and difficult to push back inside. It didn't bend just simply broke off. A very disappointed son. The straps/ harness seem okay but if it is the mono pole you want - don't buy this one.