gotta agree with simplicity. Plus, save the money.
In close country and jungle type operations we carried cut down and cammed up mosquito net poles from our stretchers to strap to our tripods or for improvised tripods to fire off, issue being they were limited in size so they could be carried in and out. . Main reason I avoided using tree limbs is
1. finding limbs of required length and strength in close prox to FFP or OP,
2. the signature from cutting in the first place (noise and movt)
3. time required to orientate and lash together said tripod
4. the improvised tripod is normally dug in and strapped to support and would be set to to allow obs on a particular axis, so would be of little use when you run out of room to track a target and need to reorientate
5. disposing of them post engagement/OP i.e minimizing sign
We would also strap the tripod to trees in OP's as an alternative
In open country operations your normally ****e out of luck finding any worth while trees with branches for the likes of firing/observing from depth/cover ie re-entrants pits and craters. Same factors for Urban operations, everything you find is normally just a little to high or low to work as a platform and need work. Free holding a long rifle or spotting scope for and extended time sucks the big one.
Ultimately, if they pack down to a reasonable size and can support our optics or a long rifle with its claggage My CO will have an item justification on his desk to fit out our guys.
Yeah kinda mentioned that, as I said we'd carry short pre made "Sticks" to attach to our current tripods. Anything larger would not be applicable for how we operate as it its not a matter of just strapping something to your pack. Its hard enough helo rappelling into jungle with a long rifle let alone extra sticks, poles etc creating more hazards on top of 25kg + of kit. I would cut sticks/limbs etc only if the were "inside" or very close prox to my FFP or OP to stay within the security provided by the other team members and to limit sign outside the position.
as with most our own sniper gear we made it ourselves: ghilies, tree stepper, bean/rice bag and sticks. see the pic:
why the army has to waste stuff cash, i dont know.
tbh, the blokes that get posted to ITDU (infantry trials and dev unit) are about 2 years behind the curve ( and half if not more only go there for a cushy posting and a bit of kudos..."i said we should buy that"!)
What does jump out me with those skinny legs and locking system is how they'd perform with the sustained weight of the .338's etc and how soldier proof they are? The footage on youtube only ever shows reasonably light hunting rifles not an AWM with UNS etc. I modified a 3 leg camping stool I brought at a concentration in Canada last year. Compact, strong and as it was from a hunting shop, came cammed up already.