Re: Outdoorsmans tripod on 85mm spotter?
The outdoorsmans are great legs. Not sure where you are located though. Otdoorsmans (in north Phoenix) will go though and clean your tripod legs and get them running like new for nothing, kinda difficult if your not in AZ.
I understand your thoughts on weight. If im helping, not trigger man, I usually haul my slik 714cf and a bogen 301BN both with 700rc2 heads. That bogen works well, but man is it heavy. I think you would be happy with the 613cf or outdoorsmans. I'd prefer the slik, just because the outdoorsmans are limited in height, I think most are 2 piece legs, or the ones that I've used are. I'm not sure which is lighter.
I know guys who swear by the slik cf, outdoorsmans, or the bogen cf($$$). Those good sets of legs are pretty much interchangable. None of the guys I know would refuse to use any of those. The 613 slik is prettsmall when folded up. Its hard to explain, but they take up very little room. Most of the time with spotters you want the tripod as low as possible on your tripod to minimize wobble. That's one of the reasons I prefer angled. You gould get away with a pretty short set of legs for long trips. I prefer the taller legs. I use them as shooting sticks or to video to to have the 15x's and spotter out at the same time. I have considered buying a set of 613cf legs for a light weight set for long trips many times.