After being so pleased with my recent backpack upgrade (and wishing I had done it much earlier), I decided to do the same with my tripod. I wanted carbon fiber (over my old aluminum model), which is not only extremely lightweight but also dampens vibration quite well. I also wanted something that extended fairly tall without the use of a center column but also would fold out nearly flat for low level ground compositions. After about a month of research (and several returns of equipment that looked good on paper but didn’t pass my testing), I ended up with what I feel is a perfect (although somewhat customized) tripod. This is a recap of that journey.