It appears well constructed, havent used yet
Had this tripod setup out today for the first time, I was very pleased with it. The head is amazing, the tripod is good not great but def good for the money
Upgraded to the Sirui from the Manfrotto "Be Free" after I used a friend's VA-5 and 1204 combo on an elk hunt. I instantly noticed the difference and was picking up mule deer bucks out to 1500 yds with 10 power binos. The stability advantage alone is worth the extra coin. The pan and tilt are both easy to set and tune and are butter smooth. I noticed a slight bit of play in the Manfrotto's head in wind even with binos, but the Sirui kept even my 85mm spotter still in 20mph winds when set correctly. It should also be noted that going from the magnesium Manfrotto to the Carbon Fiber Sirui saved me about 1.5lbs in weight. The kit also comes with a interchangeable short center post if you wish to splay the legs all the way out and get your tripod low. If you're on the fence, buy it.
I bought this combo as my first tripod and head to begin glassing with binoculars from. I wanted a system that I could easily glass something up with the binos and switch to a spotter without doing a lot of damage to the budget since I also upgraded both bino and spotter this year from mid to alpha. The head is very smooth and easy to quickly go between my glass setups albeit slightly bulky and on the heavy side, but only slightly. The tripod is great as I am 5’4” and can use standing if needed. My only gripe would be that with the size of the head and extended center post, it’s not as compact as I would like but is still very usable for backpacking with.
much lighter than my old tripod, and has worked perfectly so far for my binoculars and small spotter.