Hands on tripod shopping is nice. I was all set to pick up a Mefoto roadtripper until I got to the store and got my hands on one. At that point I realized I had to go with the Globetrotter which was a bit more cost wise but a hack of a lot more tripod.
I am one that will always try and keep the cost down. I have learned that with a tripod even the Globetrotter which is kinda expensive in my book still has room to be improved. Sub $100 you will could realize very quick you need better. I sold my $125 tripod to a coworker for $40 and that was about the most I could ask knowing its downsides.
The Globetrotter is a travel tripod. It makes some sacrifices in order to get to the size it is. At its price point, it's a nice deal for what it is, but you can get a significantly sturdier, easier to use tripod for a similar price, such as the often recommended Manfrotto 055x series. The 055x weighs a couple lbs more, and it doesn't fold to a short length (It's maybe 22" long), but is far more flexible in use, and generally a $100 head is heavier than what comes on the Globetrotter, so you can mount a larger lens to it.