This is the ultimate travel tripod--the tripod for birders who fly and birders who want performance and stability without the weight. At three pounds, it is light enough to be carried all day (and keep your luggage under that airline weight limit). With four sleeving legs, it can even fit in your carry-on luggage.
Several of our staff have used this tripod in Antarctica, the Amazon, East Africa, the Arctic, and, of course, on the World Series of Birding. The twist ring locking system is utilitarian genius. One hand, one easy twist, all the rings loosen (or tighten). Carbon fiber reduces both weight and wind induced vibration (so you are not sacrificing stability or image quality). It is the near perfect tripod, built to accommodate both large and small objective scopes. Perfection has a price and this is not a tripod for the budget minded. But mated to the quality heads such as the MVH500AH or GH1720QR, you cannot buy a better performing tripod.