Quote Originally Posted by c6h6o3 View Post
I have to agree with you, though, that there's nothing quite like a Ries tripod. It's the best piece of photo equipment I own.

The Ries has no more competition than does Heinz ketchup. There's the Ries, and then there's everything else. In cold weather especially, I'll take a Ries over a metal tripod any day.

But there's no way you're going to strap a Ries to your backpack, so it doesn't fit the bill for the OP. Carbon fiber is probably the way to go.