Summary: My Giottos lava tripod busted when I tightened the leg. Yup cracked big time. Stay away from Basalt lava tripods. Light but brittle. I needed a light but sturdy tripod to replace it. One that fit on my camera backpack while I go trudging through the desert and canyons. As I just got this I can see it has great construction and great quality. The center column design is a fantastic feature.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement