Hmmmm...then again...

My problem is that it's a 500 mile drive to the nearest store that might sell a tripod my size, and it's 1000 miles to the nearest store that sells large format gear (in either Calgary or Vancouver) so getting a close hands on look at one is pretty much impossible. There's only one other LF photographer here in town, but he uses a wooden tripod. I'll have to ask some of the digi-snap folks and see if I can get a close look at their tripods.

Thanks again for the good info.