Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin View Post
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.
Get it from a online retailer that allows you to take a look at it, if you dont like it (and dont damage it) ship it back. Several (most common) the smaller once let you do this (or at least in europe)