With a toss and a tug it easily snaps into place, and at nearly 10-feet long, I never had to worry, is it long enough? Locked together by a cable, rather than a cord or bungee thing, this was the sturdiest probe on the field. And yet it still breaks down so nicely. I used this probe while training with ski patrol this last season. Others had trouble with their probe separating as they pulled it from the snow pack, but no problems here. The head is sharper than most, and is slightly larger than the rest of the probe. This made it easier both going in, and coming out of the snow. The measurements were a nice feature. At a glance, I knew how deep I had to dig to uncover my victim. Makes me wish my buddies had this probe. Cause when my butts on the line, I would like to know, that they too have reliable gear.