I am very close to getting a carbon fiber tripod. I recently traveled with my Manfrotto travel tripod which comes with a simple, non-padded case. I put this in my large duffle bag and checked it in as my luggage. It survived a three leg trip w/o any problems. I do not own any hard case luggage. All of my luggage is either duffle bag or soft fabric roller baggage. I was wondering since I am going to commit to some significant bucks for a carbon fiber tripod with ball head, should I spend the extra bucks for a padded tripod case which is 2-3x the price? I know many of you on this site have done extensive travel to Europe, etc so I am curious as to what your thoughts/recommendations are. Thanks. PS I MRoogle'd this but came up dry.