Travel tripods aren’t just for travel: if you want something lighter to carry around all day or hike with, or you’re just using a lightweight or mirrorless system that doesn’t need a big beefy tripod to support it, they might be right for you.
In this video, Chris over at DPReview puts four different travel tripods head to head, in a shoot out: the Peak Design Travel Tripod, Gitzo 1545T, Manfrotto Befree GT, and Surui N1204SK. The four cover a good cross section of the different styles (and prices!) of carbon fiber tripods available and Chris does a great job at breaking down how they all work in the real world. There are pros and cons to each model —cutting weight from a tripod makes it easier to carry, but also makes it a less stable shooting platform. Like with most things in life, there's a tradeoff.
Last year, I switched from a heavy aluminum tripod to a carbon fiber travel tripod for pretty much everything, and I haven’t looked back. Even for long exposure work, I haven't had any issues unless I'm jumping up and down next to my tripod. If you’re thinking about buying a lightweight tripod this video is a must watch.