The gitzo series 2 are study and not too heavy. For travel, the 4 section ones are more portable, though. I'm using the 3 section G1224 as it's more rigid but carrying around is a tat troublesome (longer collapsed length).
1228 is 4 section whilst 1227 is 3 section, so the 1227 is bigger definitely, but no problems with handcarrying up from Singapore Airport, however, the airport you're departing from back will probably request you to check in. Can always ask for hand check in and tag a few hundred "FRAGILE" tags to the bag :bsmilie:
However, back to topic, the tripod is an overkill for the above setup though
Any idea where to get the mentioned gitzo 1228 at a good price?