Excerpt: I bought this to replace the spreader that came on my manfrotto tripod. Never thought much about the spreader until I forgot to lock the last leg one day. The leg slipped, twisted the spreader and it snapped.
Excerpt: these are nice for manfrotto pods. I like the floor spreader better than the metal mid level ones. you can stand on them for a little added support. has a ring in the middle to help when folding the tripod up. easy knobs to open the spreader up wide.
Excerpt: I bought a used tripod and it did not include the spreader. I already know how well Manfrotto builds there product, and it was no problem putting it to work right away. For the price its a must for your tripods.
Excerpt: Just got Vinten 3821-3 tripod legs, and this was a great alternative to Vinten's spreaders - it fits just right. (Obviously it doesn't fit ANY Vinten, but it worked on that model.)
I already have a 165MV on my old Manfrotto 501 tripod so I was familiar with the spreader - hasn't broken after years...