Im pleased with the ease of use, it snapped together quickly. It fits perfectly in my pack and I can barely tell it's there. Used it in practice and found out we were on a 5 foot base. In my experience, Black Diamond makes top notch gear, and Ive never been displeased with a purchase. I hope I never have to use the probe, but it I do I'm ready to have it out quickly and be able to probe deep.