If you have an extra $949.98 you might take a look at the Outdoorsmans lightweight tripod (tall) and pan head. The few that I have had the pleasure of handling seemed sturdy and smooth operating. Unfortunately, the price is far out of my reach, and probably out of reach for most people.
Knowing the importance of a good tripod and head, I searched high and low for an affordable setup. I could only spend a couple hundred dollars, but wanted something reasonably light, sturdy, and smooth
operating. I was expecting to purchase the tripod head and legs separately and wasn’t sure that I could get both, of any quality, in my price range.
Velbon Sherpa 600RF. I purchased this setup, with the 3-way pan head, for $99 dollars. After doing some weight comparisons, I was surprised to find that Outdoorsmans lightweight tripod with the pan head weighs approximately 3.64lbs and the Sherpa with 3-way pan head weighs 3.8lbs (a mere .16lb difference). Granted the Outdoorsmans tripod/head are of higher quality, more compact, smoother, and will probably endure longer in a hunting environment, but it is difficult to justify the price tag.