Summary: I wrote a negative review of the 190XB legs as too short, light, and delicate for my 85mm Zeiss scope. So this is the corollary review: I used the twist lock version of these legs for years and now have returned to this, the cam lock version. I have the setup in a tripack, and it is fabulous.
Summary: I purchased the Manfrotto 055 XB Tripod legs as a gift. I have used the product so knew it was good. The main reason I bought it from Eagle Optics, is because in my opinion, they have the best service of any company with which I have done business.
Summary: The legs are good.Probably not as good as the Carbon Fiber ones, but a lot more affordable.It gets to be a little heavy carrying the spotting scope attached to the legs. Ok if you're carrying it just for a short distance.
Summary: This tripod is a bit of a pain to carry around, but it's worth it, considering the superior stability they offer. The only time I've experienced shaking while using these legs was when I lowered the legs down so my brother (5'10" maybe)could look through my scope and then raised the center column to...
Summary: At Mike's recommendation at Eagle Optics, we bought these to support the Vortex 85mm scope. Before they arrived, I used my lightweight camera tripod - almost unusable, especially with any wind.
Summary: This is a big, solid, reliable, and extremely well-made tripod. The leg locks are the best I've seen: smooth and secure. It should be tall enough for anyone, even using a straight spotting scope.
Summary: The 055 XB tripod legs are simply fantastic. It is tough and sturdy, and the quick-locking leg locks work like a charm for standing the tripod up quickly. The soft leg grips are excellent for cold-weather and for resting on a shoulder while the tripod is being carried.