Just the other day a buddy of mine and I were at a Ritz closing sale shopping for a tripod. We looked around and we found a cheap tripod that functioned as a tripod and when the center twisted you could remove it and use it as a monopod. I said if there were a reputable company who made this same tripod I would be very interested. Well this little guy is called the MeFoto by Benro and they are in fact a reputable company, this is a new line of tripods by them that come in many colors. Im not sure if I would buy a color other than titanium shown above but they also come in a gold, blue green and red.
This little guy is what a lot of people are looking for in a travel tripod, it is 15.4″ folded and stretches out to 61.6″ and when used as a monopod it can reach almost 6 feet tall at 64″. The MeFoto tripod comes with a 360 degree arca swiss ballhead that has a separate head and pan lock. The legs come in my preference which is a twist release system and these legs can stretch 180 degrees which also happens to be preferred.