[..]I love reading about other people's experiences with different brands, I love looking up reviews and videos to see how they perform and I think that lots of brands out there trying different things is good (even if it feeds into my Gear Acquisition Syndrome). If you find something that fits your needs, good on you. The PD Travel Tripod does that for me (for now!!).
The trouble with reviewing non-digital gear is that ideally you want long term reviews, which conflicts with GAS telling us to buy things immediately. In the past month I've seen new, additional reviews pop up by people that were sent a free tripod during the annoucement blitz that are still positive. That's a good sign.