I thought this might have been a stretch too far after buying it as it’s a noticeably heavier travel tripod at 4.8 lb without a head on, by the time you add a decent ball head that can hold a DSLR and a 70-200mm you’re looking at around 6lbs which will be felt on your backpack. Also note this is a flat base tripod aimed at video shooters for maximum stability.
Saying all that, it collapses down to 20.5″ on the version I have which is the 58.5″ height limited one. The reason I chose that particular tripod is that it has 4 leg clamps on it while most of the others have 2 or 3. Why do I like that ? Well it’s very easy just to open the bottom legs and it’s enough for me stick on the ground at a nice low height. With the others I have to unfold maybe half a length to get it right where I want it most of the time.
The tripod has a spirit level built into the frame unlike the other two and also has a good hold on heavy gear which means also works well for video, you can even buy a geared shaft for it too.
I use this tripod to create 360 / VR on assignments around the world as it fits a nodal spinner on nicely. With supreme stability and the extra weight it gives me a warm feeling the images are crisp even with long exposure brackets.
If you just want to do photography stills the Induro CLT104 Classic Series 1 Stealth Carbon Fiber is a great travel tripod option with some of the same features; minus the ability to hold 55lbs and comes with a standard shaft. It’s also half the asking price of this sub $700 tripod.
I really like the Induro brand and feel their quality is exceptional at these price points.