emergency clipping only
Ok,. so we were headed to Red rock Canyon and my Squid on the giant painter's pole was not coming with.......so I got the beta stick.......it fits in a suitcase. That is great. BUT it is fussy about which biners wit will take, so we had to use one person;s draws at the first clip all week long, and the clip loosens over time, making it less helpful with every passing use. Unlike the Squid, it cannot retrieve a draw, and it would be tough to hang a rope on a draw already up, though I bet one could find a way using the silly hold-your hold-cleaning -brush-velcro. So it kept us safe, but I would never take it to the crag given the choice to take Squid.
Great concept that is actually a POS
I thought that a collapsible stick clip was the best idea ever...I can fly with it, and strap it to my pack for hiking. It collapses to a small size, but that's about all. The main issue is that the spring arms won't hold any of my carabiners open, neither wire gate or regular. There is a way to get around the beta stick not doing it's only job, which involves using the velcro to assist. But on my first use, high in the Sierras, both the velcro broke and now the head spins freely and won't tighten. I currently own a $70 lightning rod. No word from Trango about warrant yet.
I climb outside only on weekends and after using the Beta Stick for only 3 months, I the clip that holds the biner gate open has already loosened. I like the fact that it collapses to only 27 inches because it's easy to just clip it on my backpack during approach. However, I don't think that it's worth the money since it just is not durable.