Stealthfixr posted a link to his review of the Feisol 3401 CF tripod. I agree with everything he wrote and I would like to amplify a few bits. I have had my 3401 for more than a year. It does what it is intended to do. I have used it in cold weather down to 15 degrees F, in water sand and mud. No problems at all. Stealthfixr mentioned the centercolumn lock and I agree that it is rather primitive. There is an option that improves that feature, but it costs more. This tripod is ideal for traveling and hiking. It folds down to fit, with head attached, into a standard checked suitcase (the medium size one). I have several cheap tripods in my closet and the Feisol is made differently and better. Buy the Gitzo if you want to be sure that all the gurus approve. But it costs twice the Feisol and you need to ask yourself if you are going to punish it on a daily basis or just use it when you can get away to enjoy your hobby. BTW, shipping from Taiwan was very fast (2 days) and they emailed me a jpeg of the shipping label.
I also use the Acratech "Ultimate" ball head because it is very light and sturdy, rock solid when tightened. In addition to the head, I strongly receommend QR plates for your cameras. Do not scrimp on this. The plate is what is going to mount your camera to the quick release mechanism on the tripod head. The plate keeps the camera+lens from flexing and twisting, a cause of droop and creep after you have set everything.