I am a strap user, using Optech Very good, fast deploy, no hassle and makes the Manfrotto feels light.
But for storage wise, I think its better to put into a padded bag so that I can put under my bed without the worry of dust and dirt sticking to the ball head.
So where can get one? Must be cheap. I heard of people spending $70 for a Manfrotto bag and I can't do that. Especially when you can get a reasonable tripod at $88 from Tago PLUS a padded bag.
Thanx in advance.