I'm in the situation that I have a largish Manfrotto aluminum tripod that has served me well and I plan to eventually replace it with a 3-series Gitzo, but haven't decided when. However, I have a need for a more lightweight tripod to take with me when bicycling or when tripod usage might be only occasional. I previously used a very compact Slik, but my equipment grew slightly in size, so I felt it wasn't steady enough anymore, so I sold it. So essentially I'm looking for something the same size as a 2-series Gitzo, but not Gitzo since it's quite expensive and this would be my secondary tripod. I'm thinking carbon fiber due to its good properties. Weight needs to be less than 1.5 kg (around 3 lb.), folded size definitely less than 60 cm (24"), preferably more like 50 cm (20"). Obviously stability needs to be great, durability, reliability and ease of setup similarly great (e.g. leg locks may not twist, leg angle adjustment should be stiff enough so that the leg doesn't need to lock in order to stay put). I've been looking a bit at the Feisol CT-3442 and Benro C-258M8, can anyone offer opinions on those? These are reasonably low price and seem to offer reasonably good quality. Anything else I should consider? I haven't actively used that many different tripods, so I'm not so sure about the real life differences between different brands and models.