Quote Originally Posted by LJSLATER View Post
I haven't tried to get it serviced; when it finally goes, I'll probably get an Acratech Ultimate.
I replaced a Markins head with an Acratech Ultimate in January. The Markins was binding and eventually locked up in cold weather and that's not good. The open design of the Acratech looks like a good extreme environment alternative to the traditional ballhead designs, and so far it's worked well. It looks like a piece of surveying equipment but the build quality is excellent.