I switched from a Vanguard Alta 233ao to a Slick Sprint Mini II this year. The head that comes on the Slick Sprint in junk IMO, or at least I couldn't get used to it. I took the head off my Vanguard and put it on the Slick. It's not a high dollar high quality tripod. But for the price, and more importantly the weight and size, it works well for the pack.
I think the Vanguard was around 100 bucks or so. It's not a bad tripod either, just a tad on the heavy and bulky side for packing in.