Hope you like it, vdeal. Be sure to read the comment by izzy on my blog. The Giottos seems to be well built but there are some versions of this design that are more cheaply constructed.
Hi Tjaard, I got the Giottos partly because of my frustrations with the Zipshot. The way the legs of the Zipshot attach to the head makes it way too wobbly for me to enjoy using it. The only reason I carried it on some trips was because of the light weight. The head of the Giottos holds my camera in position with no wobbling. It stays where I put it. For that reason alone, it's worth the extra 7 oz. to me. The adjustable legs are a nice bonus, especially if you hike in uneven terrain.
Since I intend to carry the Giottos in a side pocket of my pack, I'll be carrying the pouch to prevent dirt and grit from getting into the mechanisms. It weights 0.4 oz.
I was thinking of taking the lever off to lose weight before I received it, but I found that it's also how how you tighten the head so it has to stay on.
The only way I can see to lose weight it by pulling off some of the lower sections. Since 40" is as low as I want to go, I think I'll pass on that.
The legs look like aluminum to me but the company calls them copper. Here's a link.
Sounds like you might be looking for something lighter than the Giottos. Check the comment by Nielsen Brown on my blog. He uses the Velbon VPod which is 9.5 oz. Several bloggers in the UK also use it. I passed on it because it achieves it's 39" height by using a long center column which I figured would make it more subject to more vibration than the Giottos. Also, I wasn't able to find a source in the US and didn't want to pay shipping from and possibly back to the UK if it didn't work out. But it works for Roger and some of the other bloggers who use it.