This is probably the best budget option. There is a very involved thread on sniper's hide about these and retrofitting the Anvil 30 to them for a top quality budget pod. Someone over there is making an adapter plate as well to run the Anvil 30 on them. I would bet a lot of these options posted above are made in the same Chinese plant.Save yourself some money and get one of these, they are heavy-duty. I put the death grip on it and works great very stable.
I actually bought an FOR last summer (FBT5436C kit), and loved shooting and hunting with it so much that I just bought another FOR tripod. Both through cameraland (@gr8fuldoug can connect you with Jeff) you'll save money vs buying direct. This time I went with one of their pro series (pro32-mil). If US made is important to you the pro series are a great option. The cheaper one (FBT5436C) is like 3.5lbs and is very stiff and supportive even fully extended in spite of its light weight. In the end, I feel like for the price of 1 RRS setup, I got 2 very high quality tripod setups. I shot a hunter match with the FBT5436C and had a lot of people comment on how light it felt. Mostly due to the fact that there is no head required like @naja302 mentioned, since the leveling base and the arca clamp are one unit, and you can move around with the bowl top really easily with your rifle mounted.Look at field optics research. I have their bowl top tripod setup and for me it’s the best all around hunting tripod.
the bowl top is not as smooth as a fluid head but it’s much lighter and takes up way less space. It’s like the tripod doesn’t have a head at all. You can clip into it with a pic rail or an arca rail (I recommend the combo one that salmon River solutions makes)
the legs also are removable and work as trekking poles. It’s very rigid and strong but not quite tall enough to glass off of standing because of not having a center section to extend. I don’t glass standing so this isn’t really a negative for me
honestly this thing is probably described best as a Jack of all trades/master of none...just like me
If you are going to glass and shoot for hunting off this tripod here is some advice from someone who has been glassing and shooting Coues deer off tripods for 30 years. Don't go for an ultra light weight tripod. Choose one that can carry more load than you will be putting on it. If your rifle is say 8lbs then get a head and leg set that can carry say 10-11lbs. First, your glasses or spotter will be way way steadier and steady is the name of the game. Second, your rifle will be much steadier for your shot, be it 100 yards or 1000 yards. Everyone that hunts using backpacks always has it in their mind get the lightest stuff possible. In some gear cases this is the right thinking. For tripods you need to sacrifice some weight for performance.I am going to be buying a good tripod for hunting. I am trying to avoid the RRS $1400 setups. What you guys using.