I haven’t had much time to spend on the tripod, but I did get it put together well enough for our daughter to use for her class presentation:
I still need to install the locking mechanism that will hold the legs in position at the desired angle. That’s what the “inner” portion of the top is for – the currently empty holes under the top plate.
I just need another day’s work on it and it will be done.
It is big and bulky but very solid and stable. The “spike” feet really dig into soft ground positively. The whole assembly seems to be far less prone to vibration than my manfrotto. It is definitely less portable but more solid. I think I’ll be using it when I’m not hiking very far.