I read many reviews of various tripods before I settled on this one.
There are number points that should be considered before buying.
Tripod height - this is one of the tallest around, also once folded one of the shortest (150.5cm/43.5cm).
Tripod size - once folded this fits easily into my backpack (43.5cm).
Tripod Weight - it is light (0.98 kg).
Ease of Use - simple fold out legs, and height adjustment.
Tripod Head - it is simple and straight forward to use. It can be set up for photographic or video use. This means it will work on three axis or just two. Great for panoramic photos! Simple trigger lock, no three way adjustment to worry about.
The main complaints that I have read are that people think that the tripod is top heavy when using a D/SLR. Well folks, read the fine print, suitable for compact and crossover cameras. 1 Kg is about the most they recommend, and my FZ20 is about 1.5 kg with straps, covers, and full metal hood and UV filter. I have no doubt that it will support the weight, and have even left it standing in moderate wind.
Some tips for use, at the base of the head extension pole is a small plastic knob, unscrew this and it becomes the screwdriver required to mount the camera to the adapter palate. Also there after some use, there is a bit of sloppiness about the extension pole, especially at full height. I have resolved this by wrapping the pole with bands of electrical tape at the heights I use constantly.
Remember you get what you pay for, but I think that this is a bargain. If you are looking for a cheap, tall, light, easily stored and used tripod, then this is for you. If you are using a D/SLR with all the goodies, then maybe you will want to get something more substantial.