I am looking for an intermediate size tripod for my wood field 4x5 (Wista DX). For many years I have been using a Bogen 3001 with small ballhead for backpacking/long hikes and a heavy solid Gitzo 1326 with the old Bogen Super3D pan/tilt head for car trips and short hikes. I am now looking for something in between (to fly with actually). I want to stay with Gitzo but just can't stomach the price of their CF line. I am looking at the three or four section series 2 Basalt tripods (GT2932 or GT2941) as they are not much heavier than the CF and significantly less expensive.
Does anyone have any direct experience to share about these?