I always wanted to buy a high quality tripod, although it is not a tool to use every day. I was trying to make up my mind whether to buy a Giottos or a manfrotto tripod. It was only after I purchased a giottos monopod that I realized the quality of the Giottos products.
Then I was puzzled by the fact that the giottos 8350 tripod had a lowest shooting point of about 20cm compared to the 8-10cm of the manfrottos. This can be of a great importance when shooting macro photos. Anyways I purchased the Giottos considering this as a comprimise.
However, when I received it and tested it i realized that there are so many ways to make the camera to be close to the ground because of the two way column. So there is no problem at all.
Giottos tripod was the best possible buy for me. It looks nice, it is extremely light (especially compared to its aluminum brothers), it has padded legs and in my opinion it outperforms the manfrottos in every aspect. I wouldn't change it at all.
It is a highly recommended piece of equipment.