A little while ago I wrote a brief review of StickPic generation 1. Since that time the developers of this nifty little gadget (Rod and David) have been hard at work thinking of ways to improve on their original concept - no easy task after hitting a home run first time round. But in my opinion, after comparing the two versions, they have managed to make the StickPic even better!
Above is a photo showing my original StickPic on the right and the new and improved StickPic on the left. Other than the more clearly defined engraved logo you may not easily notice any of the other changes. Here are the changes that make the StickPic even better:
- The hole that was precisely drilled to match the size of your trekking pole has now been given a very slight taper which improves the "wedging" of the StickPic on the end of the pole
- The manufacturers now have a new machine shop producing the StickPic so the overall quality and fit and finish has been improved
- As I already mentioned above, the logo is now deeply machine engraved into each StickPic instead of it being individually hand stamped using a metal die. The result is clear to see and beside being more durable it looks much more professional
- By far the biggest improvement on this Gen2 version is the new eight-star locking nut which allows you to securely fasten the StickPic to your camera even when you're wearing gloves in the winter time (See photo below)
I had never experienced any problems with the original version of the locking nut, but have to say that the new shape really is much better when you have gloves on. If you haven't already checked out the StickPic for yourself, give it a try.
Disclosure: The StickPic provided Brian's Backpacking Blog with a complementary StickPic camera mount to review.