As photographers, the perfect bag and the perfect tripod for all situations are a unicorn in the midst for us. There is always one flaw that keeps each one from being the exact fit for our every need. In this video, Thomas Heaton talks tripods and what's important to him.
In this completely non-technical review, Heaton talks about a spur of the moment purchase to replace a broken tripod. I'm sure many will cringe at the idea of purchasing a tripod from a brand you've never heard of without any research at all and rightly so. This is a companion that will be with you for years to come. However, Heaton discusses the features he liked and the people he bought it from as being major factors in his decision.
Having been in this exact situation before for the exact same reason, I got a few good chuckles out of this video. Heaton makes some great points about gear in general and this video is well worth the few minutes of your time to watch it. He also goes over a scenario when other photographers stepped into his frame and talks about politeness and a few ways to handle such a situation.