I liked the compactness and expandable feature of this baton, as well as the clip-on feature. However, when I tried to open it, it took several tries and some black stuff rubbed off on my hands when I tried to open and close it. It took over 20 tries to close it. I had a collapsible baton previously, which was lost in a cross-country move. I'm 5'0" tall, so need something compact and expandable/collapsible. The search continues as I will be returning this item.