So this year, I'm going with the Vanguard Alta 263AP.
Coming in at just under 5 lbs, it's lightweight enough to carry longer distances when I'm doing landscapes and heavy enough that when I have my Canon 7D attached it will hold steady in the heavier winds. It's made of heavy duty aluminum and feels pretty solid around the legs, and encased with a foam grip around the top of the legs for easier carrying. I'm a little concerned about tearing this section up as I pull it in and out of the vehicle so quickly combined with the rain and wind, but it's only a small concern.
The release for the camera is a quick push of the orange button, so attaching and detaching my camera is quick and easy. There are also three different level gauges to ensure you are set for a level shot, saving cropping time in post processing.