yes I have the CF Benro travel angel and I love it it really is a great tripod, the aluminium one isn't a whole lot heavier either. its very solid, even when I use it with a gigapan epic pro, 1D and heavy lens, I think my novoflex head weight more than the actual tripod though
I got mine from here
Got my tripod from China today. I ordered it on New Year, so shipping to the States was pretty quick. It appears to be the real deal direct from Benro! Tags, warranty card, allen wrenches. Everything was packaged like it came straight from the factory. So thanks, wickidwombat, for scoring the best deal on a carbon fiber tripod! (+1)
I haven't tried it out yet -- only took it out of the packaging to inspect it -- but it's super stable, the joints are stiff and smooth. Large diameter legs. Loading my 300mm f/2.8 will not be a problem at all for this thing.
The tripod itself (w/o ballhead) is just over four-and-a-half feet tall (1400mm) without the column extended. It folds to under 18" (450mm) and since the legs fold up around the ballhead, the ballhead doesn't add to the packed length.
Speaking of the ballhead, it is much better than I would have expected. Nice extras included like a weight hook under the center column, closed cell foam padding on the leg that turns into a monopod, spikes for the feet, bubble level on ballhead, alfa-swiss QR plate, etc. Surprisingly, the carrying case is quite nice, too. I may actually use it.
Not bad for under $350. Thanks for the help everyone! I'll let you know how it works out.