X, I have a Cullmann model 52013 that I like. I used the slik and similar ones for a long time and seemed to find a way to wear one out/break it every year or so. This one is much sturdier, without the added weight.
<br>Have used it for several seasons now and don't see any reason it won't last many more. The one thing I don't like is it has a screw type release for expanding the legs (don't know how better to describe it). I like the kind that have a latch you flip out and lock down when you have it at a length you want. These are slooooow to set up.
<br>I saw one that Leupold was selling a couple years ago. Don't know if they still are, but it was REALLY slick. The 3 expandable legs and the center column folded up one beside the other rather than 3 legs clustered around the center column. VERY nice, but they wanted about $180 for it. Haven't seen any around lately.