From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands...
I'm afraid that your understanding is incorrect.
Generally speaking, the best tripod legs are made Gitzo and Really Right Stuff. The best ballheads are made by Really Right Stuff, Kirk, Markins, Acratech, and Arca Swiss (but not Gitzo - if you get Gitzo legs, get someone else's head).
Manfrotto and Induro offer good value (performance for a given cost). Manfrotto's legs are good, I'd avoid most of their ballheads (with the exception of the 468MG), and if you do go that road, make sure you get one that can be converted to use an Arca Swiss-type clamp, since that offers compatibilty with good L-brackets, macro rails, etc.
I trust your expertise in the matter, Neuro. I'll look at the brands you (and the previous guy, too) mentioned.
As the owner of an Induro CF tripod allow me to say that Neuroanatomist hits the nail right on the head. I love my Induro but it is not the same level as Gitzo or RRS and that is what I would have if my financial situation allowed. And arcaswiss compatible head is the only way to go. I have used other systems in the past and they can't compare. Buy the best now so you don't have to spend more in the future.