Tripods are not the most interesting photography tool to research and debate over the positives and negatives of their features, but chances are, you will own and use that tripod for at least two camera upgrades. This makes your tripod something you will end up relying on for quite some time.
There are a lot of tripods available these days and some exceptional ones made for very specific tasks, but every photographer needs a sturdy and reliable general use tripod for most day-to-day jobs. So, Chris and Jordan over at DP Review grabbed four similarly designed large tripods from popular brands to test. They demonstrate all the features for each and even come up with some creative tests to see how they compare to each other. The brands covered in this video are Gitzo, Manfrotto, Sirui, and Leofoto.
While they only tested a few of the many options available, I think they did a great job of giving viewers some ideas of what they should look for in a new tripod and also what features may be more important for your specific needs. Even though we don't often associate tripods with having new tech, anyone who owned a tripod from 20-30 years ago can attest that tripods have come a long way.
I own three different tripods, two of which are for dedicated purposes like video, astrophotography, and travel, while I have a quality and rugged large tripod like the ones reviewed for more general use. They also happen to be from three of the brands reviewed here: Gitzo, Manfrotto, and Sirui, all of which are brands I've found to be equally reliable and well-made products even though they each have widely different price ranges.
Also, don't forget to disassemble and clean your tripod after heavy usage or periodically throughout the year. A good tripod isn't always cheap to purchase, but if you take a little time to take care of it, it will last that much longer.