I bought this after reading some great reviews on ithttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XD ... 00_details
Vanguard Alta Pro 283CT Carbon Fiber Tripod with SBH-100 Ball Head
It is normally about $400ish USD but it was on an amazon lightning deals for $250.
The tripod compared to my friends 055CXPRO3 is just as solid, has a few nice features, has a similar locking system to the Giotto's G lock its very nice. I doubt these legs are going to snap any time soon as they are also carbon fiber. I love it, it may not be a mainstream name brand yet but its a solid tripod. I wouldn't recommend the super cheap vanguard tripods though.