So, my beloved Manfrotto 785B Modo tripod fell apart on me last week. I've had it for a few years and purchased it purely has something to get me going with mFT. So I've been looking for some "traveler tripod" options. My requirements are that it packs less than 17" and it at least goes to 60" with center column out. I've found several tripods that meet my needs, but most seem awefully similar and I have no idea about the differences in brands. Mefoto backpacker: MeFOTO RoadTrip Travel Tripod Kit (Blue) A1350Q1B B&H Photo Pros: Made by benro, higher load rating, decent ball head Cons: Seems expensive for what it is, 5 section Oben AT-3400 Oben AT-3400 4-Section Aluminum Folding Tripod w/ AT-3400/BA-00T Pros: lighter at 2.7lbs, a little better price, 4 section cons: Only single lever for ball head Benro Travel Angel: Benro A1690TBH0 Travel Angel Tripod, BH0 Ballhead, Case A1690TBH0 Pros: Benro, slightly cheaper than the Mefoto Cons: Single action ball head, 5 section Older on sale model of the Giottos Vitruvian: Giottos Vitruvian VGR9254-S2C 4-Section Aluminum Tripod VGR9254-S2C Pros: 4 section, slightly lighter than Benro and Mefoto at 3.3lbs, dual action ball head Cons: Not sure 3 legged thing 3 Legged Thing X1.1A Adrian/AH1 Ballhead Magnesium Tripod Kit, Blu 3LTX1.1AKITBL Pros: Magnesium alloy Cons: Weight at 3.9 lbs. All of these are very similar in design. I'm just not sure which one to get or have any clue about the brands, other than Giottos and Benro, soley by reputation only. The Sirui is too short for my needs, but was looked into.