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Unread 04-29-2011, 07:23 AM
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Tripod recomendations

I am in the market for a new spotting scope and tripod. I have figured out which scope I want but I am lost when it comes to tripods.

Does anyone have recomendationson a tripod I should get. I do a decent ammount of backpack hunting so I am not looking for somthing to heavy and can be compact.

Any advice on brands? Composition-Aluminum/carbon fiber? Other extras?
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Unread 04-29-2011, 07:25 AM
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Re: Tripod recomendations

Any of the Bogen Manfrotto carbon fiber ones are great. they are fairly lightweight and fantastic in windy conditions.
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Unread 04-29-2011, 12:20 PM
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Re: Tripod recomendations

Look at the Outdoorsman tripods. They are out of Phoenix, AZ. I have had mine for two years and it is great. I have their pistol grip as well. Looking for Coues all day long you want a sturdy tripod that is light weight and this is the ticket. I have the medium tripod with the extended post.

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Unread 04-29-2011, 05:24 PM
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Re: Tripod recomendations

+1 on the Bogen - Manfrotto tripods. I have two in different heights, both mine are aluminum rather than carbon fiber. I made a rest that pops on and off easily and use mine to shoot off of as well...... works great.

Make sure you invest in a good head for the tripod. You can expect to spend upwards of $100 for a decent one and can easily spend much more. I have not used the Outdoorsman tripod or their pistol grip head, but I do not like the Bogen - Manfrotto pistol grip head. The standard two axis head where one axis spins 360, and the other axis rotates vertical is much more smooth to me and is more comfortable for long hours glassing for elk. Again get a good one with teflon clutches.
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Unread 04-29-2011, 05:39 PM
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Re: Tripod recomendations

seems good ill have to cheek those Manfrotto tripods out

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Unread 04-29-2011, 05:46 PM
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Re: Tripod recomendations

I had a manfrotto, and went to outdoorsman about 10 yrs. ago, medium model. That I later cut to small, I pack in tough terrian, pistol grip for it also.
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Unread 04-30-2011, 11:58 AM
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Re: Tripod recommendations

I recently bought a tripod to use with 15X binos. I needed to keep the price less than $150. I bought this one - 620423CFTPX2 Sunpak PRO 423PX2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Pistol Grip QR Ball Head, Maximum Height: 65", Load Capacity: 11 lbs. and have been happy with it so far. It is light weight (carbon fiber legs) but pretty stable. The pistol grip ball head is easy to use. Check it out.

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