Summary: I really like this tripod, the quality of Manfrotto tripod is really good. But when I got it, I found there were many scratches on the body of the tripod. It didn't look like a new one. I thought it was just an occasional case, so I returned it and ordered a new one.
Excerpt: I was going to order a Vanguard tripod from B & H. Went out locally yesterday to "Precision Camera" here in Austin. Asked if they sold Vanguard, they said no, but we have something similar.
Pros: Build quality, versatility, features,ease of use
Excerpt: Not a hiker's tripod, this aluminum tripod is a very sturdy and versatile piece of quality equipment. The Manfrotto universal joint is excellent for getting perspective stability, and the legs have very good reach and sturdiness.