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I bought my first Ultra-Pod I in 2004 from Lensmate (Lensmateonline - Specialty Digital Photo Products
). When I discovered that I had lost it, I found another one quite cheaply on Ebay. Luckily, I found my original one as well, so now I have two.
It is a small (pocket-sized) foldout tripod. It's best feature is the fact that it has a built-in velcro strap, so you can strap the tripod (with it's legs closed) to posts, poles, railings etc. The ball-head (and its supporting structure) allows for a lot of range of rotation etc in most dimensions.
I used this tripod a lot while travelling in Europe with my G3 and, later, Casio EX-Z750. For kicks, I tried it once with my 20D and 18-50mm 2.8 lens. Probably a little too heavy for this tiny tripod!
I keep one strapped to the side of my A620 pouch - barely notice it's there. This way, if i am ever out at night-time and see a nice building or scene, I can set it up for a long-exposure without having to necessarily find a flat surface at my desired level.
I have heard of the GorillaPod. I haven't used it. But I think it's probably the only other mini-tripod that is as flexible (pardon the pun) in usage as the Ultra-Pod range.