Thank you! All great comments! I have learned so much through this process. I now realize that a Series 1 is probably out of my search. I do want stability and with other options in the series 2 range I see that there are comps that are almost just as light and packable. So, yes the Feisol is still on the table. And I am still looking into the Gitzo 2542T in the meantime.
I did come across a Gitzo 2542L. Does anyone know what the difference between the "T" and "L" are in Gitzo lineup?