When it comes to gear versus experiences, I definitely err on the side of the experience. You can place too much emphasis on having the best gear and not the most enjoyable gear. While I take my photography very seriously, it comes in second place to taking in the world around me.
That's where this tripod comes in. It's a full-sized, but tiny and lightweight tripod and it's able to fit in my day backpack so I don't have to carry it on my shoulder or with my hand.
The best thing about it is it's price. I bought it for only a little over $100 AUD. At that price, it's far cheaper than a similarly sized professional mini-tripod, especially the carbon fiber kind.
It's tiny, at only 40cm when fully retracted which means it'll fit in most moderately sized backpacks. It weighs only 1kg which makes it easy to pack into your bag and forget about on the trail.
And at 165cm, it's maximum height is quite impressive for such a small and comparatively cheap tripod. It's definitely great for those on a budget who also want an extremely portable but full height tripod for those sneaky landscapes (like me).