When Gitzo launched the Mountaineer tripods in 1994, they were the World's firstcarbon fiber tripods. Ever since then they have set the standard for performanceand quality. The main feature of the range is the new 6X carbon fiber tube, madeof a unique structure of 6 crossed layers that maximises rigidity, vibration absorption and lightweight performance.
The 6X tube has a high density structure made of top quality ultra-thin carbon fibers (7m or 0.007 mm). Built-in Anti Leg Rotation is now a feature of the whole carbon fiber range. Mountaineer tripods have been further improved with features and details that increase performance, versatility and quality.
I mainly purchased for night photography. It is light weight, easy to carry and stable for use.
The thing that is its weakest point is also why I bought it. The twist locks allow it to pack easier and get removed from packing and backpacks (where it doesn't get snagged on the lever locks), but they are not nearly as easy on setting up or taking down the tripod as the lever locks are. But, it sure is a bunch lighter than the very durable and steady 055PROB I have. It folds up smaller than the 055PRO and makes it easier to get in a backpack.
While expensive, there is no question that this is the best tripod by far that I have ever owned and probably the best there is for still cameras.
This is my second Gitzo Mountaineer. I updated for the anti rotation legs and they're great. My former 1228 held it's value so if I decide I need to upgrade in the future, I'm confident that the same will be true for this.
The product is beautiful in appearance, fast and easy to set up, and works perfectly with the RRS Ball Head. It is a perfect compromise between stability and portability. At its minimum size, without the ballhead, it is extremely portable. I wouldn't want anything larger for a travel tripod.