qwertyasdf: I have always thought that travel size CF tripods have no advantages over aluminium ones, and the recent reviews seem to agree with my observations.
BTW, I don't think it's sensible to have separate reviews for CF and AL tripods, because if a person is in the market for a tripod, they'd certainly compare both.
About 8 years ago I got the Feisol legs for about $350; within 2 years one of the metal hinges cracked, fatally. Now I'm using Gitzo and its been bulletproof.
Like Galen Rowell, many of us like to create images in the backcountry. Next month I, along with my d800E/tripod/70-200/16-35/etc., my 52-yo wife, and several friends, will climb a number of 14,000-foot peaks in the "Chicago Basin" in the southern Rockies. We are okay with carrying 45-60 lbs several miles up mountainous slopes. We don't get cramps. Our backs don't ache. And some of the photos ain't bad.
Just sayin' -- one man's absurdity is another's bliss. Who's to judge?
p.s. For the Facebook pix I'll bring the S100, too -- the S95 died without warning in Durban last December due to "lens error."
I've been using the Mountainsmith Borealis AT for over a month now. I love it.It holds my d800E and four lenses (including a 70-200) -- in the bottom half. Elsewhere it has a laptop/Camelbak compartment, plenty of space for camera accessories and outdoor gear - jacket, lunch, water, first aid kit, etc. etc.
My Gitzo lashes on in several places.
Its made of stout (recycled) material with heavy-duty, water-shedding zippers.And it has a removal rainjacket.
Perhaps best of all, it has a sturdy waistbelt that transfers much of the weight to your hips.
It has no side/sling entry. But my d800E landscapes all require a tripod anyway. I carry a shirtpocket Canon S100 for wildlife and other snaps.