When the Peak Design Travel Tripod was first announced and released, I did scoff at it. I thought it was nothing more than just an overpriced tripod. As someone who currently owns the Manfrotto Befree tripod, I thought this release from Peak Design was silly, to say the least.
In his latest video, Lok Cheung goes over some of the major differences between the Peak Design Travel Tripod and the Manfrotto Befree tripod. Cheung compares the carbon fiber versions of both tripods and demonstrates some of the reasons why the Peak Design Tripod may be a better option. Of course, the price point is one major reason to purchase the Manfrotto version over the Peak Design version; however, Cheung does make a good case for the Peak Design.
One of the biggest complaints that I saw only about the Peak Design tripod was that the legs and center column were far too slippery and looked like they could quite easily break. Cheung does address this issue and points out how this is a travel tripod. Travel tripods aren't necessarily about having the most sturdy design or being the most effective option. Compromises are going to be made; however, when compared to another travel tripod, the Peak Design option does seem to come out on top.
Personally, I have to say Cheung does make some good points, and although I don't think I'd ever spend the kind of money the carbon fiber version is asking for, the aluminum version doesn't seem too bad. The weight difference isn't huge between the two, but the price is.
Check out the full video linked above to see why the Peak Design Tripod may actually be a great option.