Danielwrote a review of PNW Components Pine CX 27.2 Dropper Seatpost on February 9, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I found this post decent but not spectacular. I really like the function of it on the right terrain - riding some steep doubletrack and hiking trails it was fantastic to get over the back of the saddle on a gravel bike.
However this post is on the heavy side for a dropper, adding a full pound to my bike. It worked well enough (see my complaints below on the CX remote) and construction quality is quite good. This dropper is quite simple internally and easily rebuildable, and that I greatly appreciated. Installing saddles is a bit annoying but no worse than many other posts and I didn't care for the position where the cable attaches, it got in the way of the seatpost clamp on my bike.
I really wanted to like the CX dropper lever on my gravel bike after a month of riding. But I don't. My biggest complaint was difficulty of getting clean cable routing - the position forces the housing to curl around to follow the bar contour which introduces a lot of cable drag. Then the inline barrel adjuster didn't want to hold the housing straight unless it was adjusted all the way in. I don't know what brand the included cable was, but my Park Tool cable cutter really didn't want to cut it cleanly and the cable end position behind the lever made it fussy to cut short enough to be unobtrusive. It was hard to get good tension on the cable before clamping without a third hand, and lastly, there was no grip to the lever blade so by thumb wanted to slip off on rough terrain. Oh, and you have to completely unwrap your bar tape for install.
The kit includes cable and housing, so everything you need for install. 3 stars for the post, 2 stars for the lever. I'll probably try a different brand next.