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Tripod for packing?

I am looking for a good lightweight tripod. Any suggestions. I prefer to glass seated prone or kneeling. Dont stand much. Thanks.
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    Re: Tripod for packing?

    After a ton of looking last year, I found one I really like. It is made by Leupold, here is a picture with me using it last year elk hunting. It packs down to 15" long and about as big around as a Coke can. You can use it from 14" to 32" height.



    I bought it at Cabelas. I don't see it on their website - I bought it at the store. It is very functional in the field. I also use it at the range on the bench.

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    Re: Tripod for packing?

    Thanks is it pretty light?
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    I haven't weighed it, maybe a pound or 2?

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    Re: Tripod for packing?

    I've used Leupold's compact tripod for three years while guiding. The more I use it the less pleased I am with the quality. The extension tube collet has a lot of slack even when tight and the quick release base doesn't stay tight. It's constantly wiggling my spotting scope when it's windy. But this is Wyoming so when is it not windy? The ball head isn't very smooth either. A friend has K and K tripod I'm going to try for the season. I think it's a little heavy for what you want though(the K and K.)

    I just weighed the K and K. Barely under 4lbs. Oh, and the Leupold weighs almost 2 3/4 lbs.

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    Don't laugh... But I bought a small one from NC Star that folds down to about 12 or 14 " and I tried it with my new Swaro ATS 80 HD. This is a very cheap tripod to put under this scope. But I like it. Light, small and it has both fine tune knobs for windage and elevation. Those are great for dialing in on something. Pretty stable too. Worth every bit of the $25 it cost.

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    Check 'em out: $60 each. Second one is a bit heavier. I bought the top one last year and use it for my spotting scope. Take a good look at the features/size/weight and compare. Hard to beat...

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