I was looking for something like this, bought the manfrotto 682B with a head... intending to use it for travel as I thought it would suit my purpose. Tried it , great as a monopod but somehow can t give me the stability of a tripod when its windy. I ended up getting the manfrotto 055mf4 for travel . Its stable,light, cost a bit more but well worth the $$. Have no regrets.