Sorry Kellen, you won't like my advise. There is a constant thread in these discussions that money is better spent on good lenses than more expensive camera bodies. I feel the same is even more "true" regarding tripods. A great lens may last many years as an investment, a great tripod is a lifetime investment.
Gitzo (they're carried at Calumet) makes the very best - and in the US they're guaranteed for life. My old Gizto "Cremeliare" from the 1970s is still flawless. The knurled rubber on the legs dried out a few years ago and I brought the tripod into Keeble and Shuchat in Palo Alto to buy replacements. It was a rare treat when they gave them to me. They even offered to change them out for me (I declined).
I recently bit the bullet and bought a new carbon fiber Gitzo (GT2541EX) and an Arca Swiss Z1. Then I increased the cost by buying Really Right Stuff quick release lever clamps. Over a grand! But, unlike anything else in photography, this should last (or be guaranteed) for ever. Getting the camera on (and off) is quick and efficient and every shot I take on a tripod is improved. Better composition, increased steadiness.
Carbon fiber (CF) is simply the best material for tripods. It's light, strong and vibration damping. There can be issues with carbon fiber regarding the bonding, etc. and all brands of CF are somewhat costly, so for me the lifetime guarantee and superb quality (not to mention features like the offset column on the GT2541EX) make them well worth their high cost.
Look at the Really Right Stuff website for their info and tutorials. Worth the visit.