Well, Benro is a good alternative if one is looking for a lighter weight (of the tripod), and does not "lust" after brand names (i.e. Gitzo, Manfrotto, etc.).
My bro's Benro is capable of what my Gitzo does (in terms of weight of gear, stability, anti-lock sleeves, etc.), but at almost 1/2 the price (I got my Gitzo Explorer in HK for around S$500)...
If you can wait till then (buying in HK), you can potentially save at least $100+, if not more, depending on the model.