This is probably the end of my tripod pursuit! Totally stunning! I can recommend this product to everyone who likes the idea of a heavy load cranked up and down.
The total weight of the tripod+head is 11.95kg, very compact when folded and still fits into my tripod tube. That means airline compatible.
The column is much studier than the original Gitzo one, which was clearly the short slab of the original system. I can easily see the wobble when the tripod was cranked up high. This is not the case now(now the tripod becomes the short slab, but IMO this short slab is long enough) , the whole system is now perfect for a load under 30kg.
The column itself is a work of metal art with attention to details. The detacheable head piece connects securely with my Cartoni 22(with the factory flat base adapter), and surely will also accept most heads with flat bases.
Besides the 85mm flange designed to fit the Gtizo 5 series carbon tripod, it also has 6 holes around the rim, you can DIY your connection if you like the idea of an even heavier and more stable base.
The cranking up and down motion is feather like and smooth. I probably won't use up all the 40cm travel.