I've got the Alta Pro 283CT
, and 7 months on I still love it.
Just a smidge more expensive than the manfrotto 055cxpro3, but the multi-tilting column is the best (the manfrotto only does straight up, down, or 90).
Solid, light enough to hike, great for weird situations (I used it once with one leg fully extended on the ground, the other two legs at shortest-length resting on a sea-wall, and the column pointing fully out to extend over the sea-wall, to get a full panorama of a harbour without the sea-wall in the foreground, wish i'd had another camera to take a photo of that setup as I was doing it).
Having a full-length of 180cm or so really makes it better for eye-level photography, you can always lower a tall tripod (this can go right to the ground with the tilting column), but you can't get higher on a short tripod. I've used it up the back at concerts with the mammoth Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f/2.8, pointing over everyone's heads with the centre column down (which you want for 2-3kg of lens+camera)
But for a ballhead I went for the Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 (it's upside-down, great for panoramae), and a 2" kirk/rrs A-S clamp (can't remember which, actually).