it's a Xsories pole. it's about a foot long and then extends to One Meter which is the length in these pics. put it back to 1 foot and it fits up the sleeve of your jacket nicely...
you can also face the camera at any angle, like away from you... and chase someone down the mountain for some video footage.
I've had it 2 seasons now without any problems.
It's worth mentioning that as it's at the end of a long pole you don't get much Shaky video either.. it all comes out pretty darn smooth.
**I just looked at the Xsories site now and the one on the front page looks shorter than mine.. So you might want to make sure you find a 1Meter one.