I used to sling my standard-sized Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod over one shoulder with an Op-Tech strap. Not really the most elegant solution. Now, I just replaced my heavy Manfrotto/pistol grip tripod with a much lighter, 2.5-lb. tripod, and a 1.1-lb. ball-head. I mentioned in another thread that I was thinking to sew two Velcro straps to the back of a Nylon pistol belt, so that the tripod could stow horizontally in the small of my back. For the new, lighter-weight tripod I just bought, my horizontal clearance will be the sum of a 22.2" tripod with a 3.9"-tall ball-head attached. Here's what I just bought: Oben BA-2 single-lever ball-head; 1.1 lbs. Oben CC-2300 three-section, flip-lock, carbon-fiber tripod; 2.5 lbs. Though the Oben legs feels sturdy (even fully extended), the Oben tripod above is only rated at an 11-lb. capacity. However, since the Oben BA-2 head I chose has a 26-lb. capacity, I was thinking of also ordering a similar capacity carbon-fiber tripod such as this 5.5 lb. Vanguard below, for use when shooting extended time-exposures: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/896056-REG/vanguard_abeo_plus_323ct_tripod.html This tripod is quite a bit longer than the Oben, with a stowed length of nearly 26.5". Has anyone had any clever ideas on how to carry full-sized tripods when hiking? I'll be carrying a Nikon D800E with an AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4.0 VR lens on a binocular harness, and a lightweight backpack (it's a Camelbak hydration pack--so, no tripod straps). It's fairly uneven terrian, so I'll also be using a Leki walking stick. Thanks for any replies!