I do wish it was taller, and stronger, but still weigh the same and fold to the same size. I looked, but never found the perfect, no compromise pod Given the 1541t's portability, it's actually quite tall. With the column extended + ball head + camera, it does meet my eye (5'11"). "L" plate helps with vertical shots.
The center column is good for light lenses(haven't tried a windy day). But, I wouldn't use this pod for leaning on all day, such as hours of wildlife, sports.... With the column collapsed, for longer lens stability, the stoop is a bit extreme and would kill by back. For such uses I'd look at the taller pods, that meet my eye without the column extended, and sacrifice the portability.
I made my 1541t even shorter with the ground level center column. It no longer meets my eye with the column extended, but now I can get really low!