my own insight...
used to own a manfrotto 190DB. good, light, stable.
however it can't support my heavier ball-head and camera body with lens, thus i sold it and upgraded to..
Manfrotto 055ProB. love this tripod.
Heavy, very strong, very sturdy. the tripod legs weigh around 2.5kg+- and to top it off, i've a heavy ball-head back then. carrying it the whole day is a killer. try it, ur back will suffer when u lie down on the bed at night. ha!
because back then i was doing alot of landscape and night shoots, i need a carbon fibre tripod for lighter travel and carrying. furthermore as mentioned in this thread, CF tripods are strong and durable. the best of it all, they are light.
i chanced upon Feisol after being alerted to it by a fellow CSer. alot of research at different websites confirmed that the Feisol is a good tripod. best of it all, they are affordable, as compared to other CF tripods of varius brands. S$350+-
i sold my heavy 055ProB and bought the Feisol CT3301.
my Feisol is strong and sturdy. its very stable too. i'm delighted with this 'China-made cheapo tripod'. it performs.
with my ball-head, the tripod weighs only 2kg whereas my 055 was around 4kg.
i use my Feisol tripod regularly and my back benefitted tremendously. i never look back.
i'm getting on in age...
get a Feisol CF tripod. affordable and good. highly recommended for the serious hobbyists.