>I think you need to specify the specific maximum height you >are looking for. > >The Sirui you mention has an 11" folded length, 5 >sections, and an upper leg diameter of 22mm.
I believe that the maximum height would probably be no more than 12 or so inches. The problem I have with tabletop tripods is that the camera is usually only raised a couple of inches. For instance, when trying to take macro photos of flowers in a small vase indoors or flowers in my wife's garden, I would imagine that most tabletop tripods would offer too little height. With a compact tripod that offers about a foot or so of height with its legs fully retracted, one still has a bit of downward vertical flexibility by splaying the legs.
I would concur that in the outdoors, wind is a significant concern, and I am not sure how any of these units would hold up. Perhaps what I am looking for is a modern version of Gitzo's G0011/12? It appears stable, is reasonably small and light, yet it offers a bit more height than a tabletop tripod. The current GT-531 just does not seem like a replacement for it. I would consider Kirk's Mighty Low Boy, but it is just a bit larger and heavier than I had hoped for. Were the G0011/12's what I am searching for, and what would be their modern counterparts?