Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 100
When we returned from our trip to Chile I discovered some sand had gotten into the joint on our old aluminum tripod. It was time to upgrade and I set out to find our next travel tripod. We needed a tripod that could go anywhere, but could also extend tall enough to keep me from stooping over to take a photo--I am 6'6", so this is a feat in and of itself. After a month or so of searching, creating a spreadsheet of tripod specifications, and testing a few out at our local camera store I chose the Vanguard Alta Pro 264AT tripod and SBH-100 Ball Head.