I'm looking for a portable tripod with a budget of < $100. I would appreciate some recommendations in this price range, especially from people who have used a product personally.
These are the requirements:
Maximum load I'll use it with: a Nikon 70-300 mm lens, total weight with camera: 1.5 kg. (This'll put high torque on the tripod head because the lens doesn't have a tripod mount.)
Reasonable portability is key. If I can't carry it using a bicycle or on a hike, I won't carry it most of the time. It should fold down to no more than 40-45 cm and weigh less than 1.5 kg.
I'm willing to compromise on maximum height to gain portability. Also I realise that this price won't get me the smallest and lightest one (note that I tried to keep the requirements reasonable): I'm looking for one of the better alternatives in this price range, and for opinions from people who have actually used one of these.
The other tripod related questions I found on this site did not address this particular situation.