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OK, that makes sense. My GT-0541 is 18" folded up, with the centre column removed, 19" with the centre column in place. It weighs only 1.7 lb.
I recently bought a Feisol Traveler CT-3441s for heavier loads (3441s, 10 kg vs. 0541, 5 kg), and it's only 17" folded, with reversible legs. OTOH, the legs are spread by the BH-30 head that's usually attached to the centre column, and so it takes up a lot more space than the GT-0541. I plan to use the 3441s mostly for hiking with my Tilt-Shift lenses and heavy 410 geared head with Acratech leveling base.
My suitcase can take a 22" pod, which is where my Feisol CM-1471 Rapid monopod "fits".