Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head
Folding up to less than 16 inches, the Manfrotto BeFree is an excellent tripod for travelers. The Carbon Fiber version weighs just 2.4 pounds while budget-minded individuals can pick up the aluminum version, which weighs just slightly more. The carbon fiber legs are sturdier than aluminum, which is particularly important with lightweight-options.
Two adjustable leg positions allow for a wider stance for a sturdier set-up. The legs themselves fold up around the ball head to enable a very compact folded length, while the included bag is an added perk for traveling. While this tripods 8.82 pound weight limit isn't the best, this model is still suitable for a variety of different set-ups.