Gitzo GT1541 Series 1 4-Section Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod Maximum Height 52.76" Supports 17.64 lbs. Reviews:
I paired this beauty with the Markins Q3T for a perfect small hiking and traveling combo. Not as light as the GT0531 (with RRS BH-25), but taller and more stable.
I use tripods all the time, but never really like to. Gitzo carbon fiber tripods with their light weight, anti-rotation legs and strength make using them as pain free as possible. Using a tripod improves many of my images more than anything else could do.