I don't know this model, but I have the Gitzo GT1542T and it is great. I highly recommend Gitzo -- they are expensive, but the quality and thoughtful design is evident throughout. The hook is good for stablizing the tripod. The weight, height, and folding size are all excellent for travelling. It is only rated to ~12 lbs (or 5.5 kg) which is fine for general camera/lens combos. If you plan to shoot a super telephoto, you will want to get something more sturdy.