Instead of getting something fresh and new: look for old 2nd hand Manfrotto's.
I have had the same tripod for twelve years. A Manfrotto 144B with 141RC head.
Yes it's a bit on the heavy side, but it's made of aluminium so thick I can easily crack some polarbear skulls with it and it wouldn't sustain any damage. Only downside is the slower operation of the knobs to extend the legs but with a bit of practice you can become quite quick at it and they will not loosen over time unlike some clip systems.
Also it extends from -5cm to +180cm (rough estimate)
They can quite often be found for little money on second hand sites.
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