how's the sunpak carbon fiber pistol grip one they sell at Costco? It's $100
Personally, I wasn't impressed with the Sunpak. The legs were OK but the "plasticky" pistol grip head seemed to be just about useless for anything much heavier than a P & S or very lightweight dSLR/lens combo.
Wanted a cheap, light CF tripod for outdoor work and went with the Dolica that Costco sells online for the same price (got mine when it was recently on sale for $80). Decent conventional-style ball head and surprisingly good build quality. Doesn't do the leg contortions like some of the other budget Chinese-made travel type tripods, but seems pretty comparable in quality for way less money.