Thats why It was rephrase to what do YOU think is the best? or what do YOU use and does it work for YOUR application?
What I think is the best is obviously what I bought - I bought it because after a LOT of research I thought it was the best: i.e. gitzo G1257 with RRS BH-40 head. It is CF, twist locks, which I prefer, light enough to actually carry all day witout making it a chore to carry, and sturdy enough for most jobs, including in a bit of a breeze and any lens I currently have (200mm longest)
Cons, bit of a faff to get very low to the ground. geared would be better if you can take the extra wheight
For travel I might go for the traveller but more likely if I ws going to bother wita tripod I'd take the one I have