Like the previous reviewer I was also looking at the Manfrotto tripods when I came across this. So far the tripod has been fantastic, its well built and very sturdy. It may be a little heavy for travelling any distance but it depends on how far you have to carry it. If you are looking for lightweight I would suggest looking elsewhere. Having said that, I recently took this tripod across to the US (it fitted in my case diagonally) and was very pleased with the performance. The legs are well built and the locks on the legs feel tight and solid. The central column is smooth to operate and locks tightly. The height of the unit is superb, I used this at the Grand Canyon and was able to put the tripod into some lower lying positions and dips near the cliff edges whilst still allowing me to look through the viewfinder without stooping.
The tripod came with a pan and tilt head which I found to be very good for starters although I have since replaced it with a Manfrotto MN222 Grip head.
Overall, this tripod is solid, sturdy and very tall, a bargain at the current price and a pleasure to use.