It seems like Bar-ends have fallen out of favor with Mt. Bikers. I remember that a couple of years ago every mt. bike had Bar ends. Now, most don't.
My 96 Gary Fisher came with bar ends and I used them extensively. I also hooked them on branches on several occasions sending down to the ground. My latest bike does not have Bar ends and I've gotten accustomed to climbing without them. My new bike is a Medium while my Fisher was a size small so maybe this has something to do with the fact that I don't miss Bar Ends on the C-dale.
How does everybody else feel about Bar Ends? Do you use them? Do you use a riser bar and bar ends? And if so, do you get laughed at?