This combo is a good compromise between light weight and functionality. It's not as light as some, and not as stable as a heavier tripod, but there's always a trade off. I compared to a similar Vortex tripod and this one is higher quality for $100 less. The fluid head is awesome and makes me wish I had bought one sooner. I'm 5'11" and I can glass standing up with an angled spotter, but with a straight spotter or binos I have to bend over awkwardly. But then I do most glassing sitting down. The legs and center column offer enough adjustment that I can usually find a good position on most any terrain. Overall I'm happy with it so far.
The fluid head is amazing and worth the money. The quality of the materials are high. I’d recommend this to anyone that is 5’11” or shorter. I am 6’2” and this tripod is a bit on the short side if you’re trying to glass while standing. To combat that I use the tall outdoorsman bino adapter l. Overall I would recommend. 4.7/5.
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.