"The first one came in with a defect. One of the sides would not come out (assumed glue of some sort kept it from coming out), no matter how many times I swung it. Emailed them and they responded right away. 10/10 for the customer service, but I gave it 4/5 stars due to the inconsistency with the quality of their products. Many customers have received defects as clearly seen from other reviews. I can't bag on this company too much though, because of the fantastic service. Thank you."
Written By: ザック
3/12/17 - 12:45pm
"Desidero aquistare il collapsible bo staff"
Written By: MARIO MICELI
3/7/17 - 11:04am
"This staff is awesome! Looks cool, functions as it should, and arrived on time. Sturdy as well, well built. Packaging was on time and it said thank you on it hand written which was nice. My only recommendation would be to put the staff in its own box rather than bubble wrap."
Written By: Dorian
1/1/17 - 8:41pm
"Purchased a pair for my boys (husband and son) for Christmas. These were their favorite gifts! Thank you for such a great product!"
Written By: Lisa H
12/27/16 - 10:28am
"The customer service on Karatemart is suburb! Karatemart, on its own accord, determined I had a defective product and promptly provided a remedy by replacing the product.
I have NEVER had any company's customer service deem a product defective by a customer review and send a replacement. This company seems to really care about its products and reputation and is clearly willing to make customers first. I surely did not expect a replacement (or even ask for one)!
I know this isn't focusing on the product itself and I have not had time to test the it, but from just twisting the staff around a bit, it does not have one of the issues (or perceived limitation) I was complaining about. It seems at first glance my original product, was indeed, defective.
Thank you so much Karatemart! :)
Written By: Harrison F
10/24/16 - 7:44pm
"this collapsible bo staff is amazing, great for working out the arms and awesome to work on those upper lotus strikes. I saw this staff and automatically had to get one worth the money.
on another note i got a defective one. but the guys are karatemart know what customer satisfaction means. I told them my problem and they sent me a new one. no questions asked.
five stars on the product but 10 stars to karatemart for taking care of their customers."
Written By: Charlie Avalos
10/15/16 - 12:34am
"Thanks Karatemart for your super fast response on the 4th.. Product is great and your service #1. Looking forward to future bussness with you. :)"
Written By: Arm
7/4/16 - 2:29pm
"This is an awesome product! I love it "
Written By: James Bell
6/9/16 - 10:09am
"Wow. I was a little skeptical but this is great."
Written By: Christopher Carlson
4/30/16 - 4:08pm
"When I first got the product, I thought of it as very high quality ; except one end was slightly bent and loose... 3 days later while spinning it I lost control of the staff and surprisingly the end that did not hit the ground was the end to fly out. I managed to put it back in with a hammer but it never became as secure as when I first bought it.
However, I'd like to give karatemart a 5/5 stars for customer service ; I was contacted promptly after my complaint and got the defected staff replaced in just 4 days !! Best customer service ever !
The replacement staff is not perfectly straight either, however both ends are a lot tighter. I recommend this staff for spinning and demonstration, the very last section of the staff is its weakpoint, therefore I would not use it on a regular basis for contact training. No telescoping weapon is truly indestructible and with that said this staff is very sturdy for what it is. 4.5/5 is my overall rating for this staff."
Written By: One Punch Ninja
4/15/16 - 12:38pm
"The collapsible bo staff is excellent, it really is. I've studied martial arts for over 13 years and it's a great product It just needs a few minor adjustments. Like for instance, the magnet inside the staff needs to be a little bit stronger. Not too much stronger, like you need to have a little bit more strength when you flick it open, like police batons, you really have to flick those out like you mean it. But other than that, the product is truly awesome, let me know if you all make the magnet inside stronger, if so I'll definitely perches another one."
Written By: D
3/26/16 - 2:42pm
"I trained in Shorin Ryu for 10 years and one of my favorite weapons is the Bo Staff. That being said, I have to say that this is one of my favorite Bo Staffs that I have came across. It's a little shorter than what I'm use to so if you are someone who normally trains with a 6 foot Bo Staff, it might take some getting use to. It has a nice weight to it and can do some serious damage or can be used for strength training if you are more into the exhibition Bo Staff. The grip is great! I was born with amniotic band syndrome and so I don't have 4 of my fingers on my left hand and I'm able to handle this Bo Staff with ease. This Bo Staff however is geared more towards Karate and those who are more accustomed to having your grip in the center of the staff. The first Bo Staff I received was slightly bent, however, Karatemart has great customer service and replaced the Bo with a new one AND paid for return shipping. If you are a fan of the Bo Staff you will not regret this one!"
Written By: Tofutony
3/14/16 - 12:48am
"Having never purchased a major martial arts weapon before I was initially hesitant to see if the product would be as described.
I. Was. Not. Disappointed!
This was quite possibly the best purchase I have made in a while. I know this is a patent pending product, but I was incredibly satisfied with the craftsmanship of the item. The diamond rubber grip makes wielding the item easy and feels secure. There is heft and weight to the staff, but it will make for a great work out item. It is also sturdily crafted. I can knock the ends back in place and I don't feel like I'm going to break it. Sometimes the ends have a hard time locking into place, but with a more forceful jerk of the wrist it slides back out and locks nicely. However, if that happens the force to unlock it is a little bit harder. Don't anticipate any kind of issues with that, but again, I feel that the construction speaks for itself.
Can't wait to begin practicing with it in hopes of getting myself into better shape. Time to lose the gut and get the guns (on my arms that is.)
Side note: this was by far the fastest shipping I've ever received and I was literally shocked to see my order here so fast. You've got a loyal customer now. "
Written By: Nick
3/10/16 - 6:32pm
"Awesome idea with with a pretty unique design. My only complaint would be closing it. Most of the time it closes like it's supposed to but maybe 2 out of 10 times, the second telescoping "arm" or extension doesn't close. I'm looking forward to the updated product!"
Written By: Mekhi Terry
2/26/16 - 4:24pm
"This Bo is very solidly constructed and I can't recommend it enough, it exceeded my expectations. its also a good conversation piece."
Written By: Smoke
2/24/16 - 10:30pm
"So far a fantastic product, especially for theatrical uses. I also use it for practicing Bo Staff Forms in general.
Pros: Extends very quickly and Length is perfect for 5ft5 - 6ft+ person. Its extremely solid and not as heavy as expected. Spinning the staff feels so good, I couldn't believe it.
Cons: Maybe just a plain defect of my item, Slamming one side of the staff does not close the other side completely. When extending, one side of the staff isn't always 100% tight, sometimes I would have to pull it out a tad more, which is unfortunate.
Overall, I do like the staff, despite the defects. Oddly enough, I'm also not the type to do reviews either, but I felt this needed one."
Written By: SoSleepy
2/21/16 - 3:42pm
"Been using the new staff, opening and closing, for over a couple weeks now, and that magnet problem seems to be fixed!
I am getting more and more trusting of the weapon system, that it performs as it should, the more that I use it.
So far so good!
Good work, guys!
Written By: Brad
2/20/16 - 7:17pm
"as a young boy I Dreamed of having something like this . I have always a Robin fan, and always wanted a Collapsible Bo staff. my dream was wished happy guy Thank you"
Written By: Milla
2/16/16 - 3:18pm
"I just got mine today, seems pretty sturdy and isn't too heavy. I like it alot."
Written By: Shirhiro
2/9/16 - 3:23pm
"as a martial artist, this weapon is beautiful. it's tactical and powerful. i'm using it as a primary defense weapon. great quality amazing design. well worth the 85 dollars. i so happy with it "
Written By: D'Andre Hobbs
1/28/16 - 5:52pm
"I just got this product and from the moment I flicked it open could tell... it was my new favorite staff, it is great in every way from the grip to the smooth extension of the staff. All I could wish for is a way to clip it to a belt or on the inside of a jacket."
Written By: Taylor
1/27/16 - 4:19pm
"I am a stick man. I love my escrima sticks best. They afford the best control and speed. You can incapacitate someone without killing them. I use a jo staff for working out and stretching. Rotating a staff with your wrist really relieves the stress and tension from lifting weights. When you place your hand on this collapsible bo staff...it is as if you are grabbing the grip on a handgun. You immediately know that this is a lethal weapon; not a toy or a work out tool. The amount of torque required to extend the telescoping arms is near perfect. You can work out or defend yourself using this staff unextended, as if it were an escrima stick, though you really can't snap it without one side extending. Some reviewers have complained about the effort required to firmly lock the staff in place. Just snap it like your life depended on it. It locks firmly in place. Collapsing it takes a little finesse, but still easy enough. Don't think of this as a tool that might theoretically wear out after 100's or 1,000's of extensions and collapses. Again, this is not a toy or a work out tool. Yes, familiarize yourself with the weight and the flow of movement required. Place this bo staff where you might need it some day. Just remember that this is a deadly weapon, and when you feel the firmness of the rubber, the well balanced weight of this staff...no one will ever have to remind you of that again."
Written By: Lickerpoet
12/22/15 - 6:26pm
"This modern weapon of a bo staff is pretty awesome. I got it just yesterday and did some swings and spins. Easy to grasp, balance and pretty strong, but also dangerous if you get reckless with the spins.
While I do recommend this to people who want to buy this if they are interested, be sure to wear gloves. The diamond rubber grip is great, but it does leave a bit of a skin burn on your hands if you hold it too tight. "
Written By: Khoa
11/3/15 - 3:30pm
"Totally awesome, I haven't got the chance to really try it out but extended it a few times and did some katas with it and I love it. I hope it's as sturdy as it seems if I ever have to use it. I'm afraid to keep opening it afraid the magnets will loose power over time hope not though "
Written By: Pyrolite1
10/10/15 - 12:46pm
"An empowering device, well balanced and rugged. When brand new it may not always lock into place but with use and a light oil it becomes better with each use."
Written By: Steve Haidinger
9/24/15 - 1:09pm
"To continue the review, I was seeing how tight the lock-up could be, by the simple twist/flick. It appears that it can lock up tight enough to poke a hole in someone's chest! That tight and solid!! Great! BUT, I had to slam it so hard (progressively harder and harder, carefully, until it would collapse from the "tight" lockup. I think that I loosed a magnet, or something, and that was the end of it closing and staying closed. The end remained about 3/4 inches from closing, jamming on something inside that jarred loose from that last collapsing slam. Now it is a 'walking cane' (leave that non-closing side open tightly, and the other can be extended when needed..
So I know that if a real combat situation occurs, it can be locked up tightly enough to do some deadly poking, but the normal range is inside of that, for practice. Know how to lock it up solid, but not that solid for practice! I'd rather have an item that functions like this when I need it to. If I am alive to worry about the collapse, all is well!
I did mention this to the company, and I got a new one in the mail in a couple days! There was no trouble and they were understanding and great people to deal with! Customer is very happy! Know your weapon! Can't wait for the 'new' ones to come out! Thanks again, and, if I have anything to add, I will.
Still a great item. Beware the 'bashing' though. Every weapon has it's ideal range of application. I went beyond to find the 'border'. Buy from karatemart with confidence!"
Written By: nameless
9/23/15 - 2:50pm
"This is by far my new favorite self defense weapon. It's hard, has good weight to it and has great range. Highly recommend it!"
Written By: Algie
9/21/15 - 1:21pm
"I'd like to add this update for my review:
After using the expandable bo for awhile, I notice that if it does not lock up tight the first time, you are in trouble. So to make sure that it is solid like a rock, I practice giving it a good 'twisty snap'. The downside is sore wrist, or worse. It takes a toll on the wrist(s).
I did suggest the 'walking stick that expands into full size staff, but with the added weight, you'd have to be the Hulk to snap it out into a usably solid configuration. I'm a large guy, and if this one is problematic on the wrist (and possible lock-up), a larger and heavier one will be much more so.
I still love the one that I have, and am working on the wrists.
Also, are those buttons 'hardened steel' to withstand repeated collapsing on concrete?
KarateMart.com Reply: Hi nameless, yep, the tips are made for repeated collapsing...on whatever hard surface you have handy, including concrete (although they'll probably get scuffed up) they are pretty tough! Glad you are enjoying your staff! We've got a solution to the 'twisty snap / hard on the wrist problem' in the works... stay tuned!"
Written By: nameless
9/16/15 - 3:52am
"I've been waiting for someone to finally make a collapsible bo staff like this. Just ordered one for me and one for my son. Looking forward to seeing a video testing the limits of this awesome staff."
Written By: Ray
9/11/15 - 11:02am
"I have no complaints. It all locks up very nicely and rings like a bell! That means nothing loose or cracked.
It appears strong enough to ward off malevolent forces, but I'd have to be playing with a free one to test what it is capable of! I imagine a kinked tube and we are out of business.
What would it take to kink/damage the product? I don't know, and for $80, I'm not going to find out. Not knowing the limits of a 'weapon', though, means it is just window dressing, ego food, for kata, and maybe in a pinch... but not against anything hard!
The feel is good, both closed and, zip, opened! It's worth admission just to play with it!
What I would really like to see, is a larger version of this, 36", to be used as a cane for walking, until, zip! A full sized bo! Then one would always have your "magical stick" at hand!
As it stands, carrying it closed, it is a 'club', illegal in most jurisdictions, and legal fully extended!
But if one used it as a cane, all legal!
Hi Nameless - Thank you so much for reviewing our product. We spent a lot of time and a lot of revisions coming up with a model that should hopefully hold up to some abuse and won't become demagnetized over time. To answer your question about the durability of this product, we will be releasing a video soon (probably today) that shows us destroying something tough with it. At 3 pounds of solid steal, this thing is built for destruction! And to answer your other comment, Yes!, we are currently working on other variations of the product that include other sizes. Thank you so much for your order and we hope to see you here again in the future!"
Written By: nameless
9/11/15 - 7:35am
"Very cool. My new home defense weapon!"
Written By: P Funk
7/3/15 - 10:25am
"I don't tipicly write product reviews, but am very impressed with this staff. It is awesome."
Written By: Marshal Dipes
6/30/15 - 2:35pm
"This is the most bad-ass weapon I own. My friends mouths dropped when I made the ends pop out. I would feel bad for anyone who tried to attack me while carrying this!"
Written By: Jack
6/26/15 - 3:11pm
"Just got mine today and am thoroughly impressed. This is a VERY solid weapon and is really fun to watch extend. Would definitely recommend this item. I'm honestly surprised this is the first time I've ever seen anything like this because it's a fairly simple concept."
Written By: Master Chief
6/22/15 - 11:39am