I have used steal, telescoping masts, they work great. I bought one from a local TV store years back. In recent years, I have been using fiberglass masts, military surplus mast that were used to erect tents. They come in 4 foot sections. Some come as a kit with a carry bag, guys rings and tent steaks. They work very well for me. Portable, light, easy to setup. I use mildew resistant rope to guy the mast. I have 2 masts setup. One is 40' and the other is 32'. They support multiple wire dipoles, including a G5RV, and a 2 meter/400 vertical. Had a strong thunderstorm go through our neighborhood last spring. There were several downed trees, powerlines. My fiberglass masts remain
It depends what you are looking to do of course. I enjoy a low profile, somewhat portable station.