Over the holiday season I acquired a Gitzo Explorer 2220 and Ultimate Ballhead. Tripod shooting is relatively new to me as I've never had a decent tripod before. The 2220 is nice and light and there is enough space between legs for me to just hold it, but I do like to have my hands free when walking about for those spur of the moment shots. Being able to throw my tripod across my back like a samurai sword would be sweet, but by the looks of things that isn't really an option...
I've looked at what's available from Gitzo and BH but am wondering if anyone using tripods more extensively (which many here do) has any recommendations for a strap. What's the most comfortable? Easiest to use? Or, are they all pretty much the same?
I've used one quite a bit; I had a bogen model for an old monstrously heavy aluminum tripod, forget which model. It screwed into a threaded hole at the tripod leg junction (? term for this) and had a strap that buckled around the legs of the closed tripod, just above the feet. It was that springy padded rubber stuff. Ditto the next one, for my GItzo 1548--an Op/Tech strap that buckles around the head and feet.
They are all awkward. There won't be any quick deployments a la Crouching Photographer, Hidden Subject, as one has to unbuckle, set down, open up, position, etc. They do at least free one's hands for the other tonnage s/he must carry.
When I traveled last fall with the gitzo i put in in a large duffel bag surrounded by clothes, and checked the lot on the plane. No problem. Tripod bags have always seemed to me an expensive solution in want of a problem.