I have ries tripod. There are several reason to spend the money and go with this tripod.
1) weight, same or lighter than tripods of the same class.
2) life time guarentee (sp). I sent one back because of a fracture and they replaced it with wood that matched as close as possible.
3) vibration. Wood dampens the vibration better than anything else out there. metal or alum. is next and last is carbon tripods then love vibration, then will pick it up better than anything.