I have an Induro AKB-2 that is stout enough to hold my Calumet cc-401 rock steady, yet light enough to pack into the back country. If you dont like the ball head then the AKP-2 has a pan head. These are both under $200 from B&H or Adorama. They also make the same models with carbon fiber which would be the CKB or CKP series, for a bunch more moola.