Ellis, you said there was no way to bungee cord a tripod to the case. How do you transport your tripod on an airplane? I have an Hakuba which will collapse enough to fit into a carry on bag, but what if I wanted to take the big gun RRS? Your thoughts are appreciated.
A) I was talking about carrying a tripod around on public transportation, from your car, and once you are on location.
B) for big tripods I use a Lightware flip lid tripod case or if I've got a lot of grip gear and stands in Lightware 40" cargo case. If I am flying without a lot of equipment I reconfigure a TTP Logistics Manager to be my suitcase and put either of my Gitzo's in their as well. You could also ship via FedEX, UPS or etc.