The Sirui W-2204 Carbon Fiber tripod is designed to handle anything you can throw at it -- and then some. The tripod is water-sealed, so salt water isn't going to corrode the legs and leave you shopping for another tripod in a year. Paired with an impressive nearly 40 pound weight limit, it can handle even the biggest telephoto lenses for wildlife photography. The tripod is pretty sturdy on it's own, but a counter weight hook means you can weigh it down with your bag for extra stability. And while the tripod can handle the weight and the water, your back can handle the hike with the W-2204 strapped on your bag. The carbon fiber construction means that big weight capacity comes in a tripod that weighs less than four pounds. The legs can reverse fold, so with the legs wrapped around whatever head you choose, it will still take up only around 20 inches of space in a bag.
Of course, with a longer feature list, like that waterproofing and lightweight construction, comes a bigger price point. The tripod retails for $330 without a head -- while that doesn't put it in the budget category, it's still a steal over comparable options from brands like Gitzo. If you're looking for the waterproofing and versatility without such a high price tag, the aluminum alloy offers a similar feature list -- except for the portability -- for $190 without the head, which is much closer to budget territory.