Tripod for packing?

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Blacktail, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    I am looking for a good lightweight tripod. Any suggestions. I prefer to glass seated prone or kneeling. Dont stand much. Thanks.
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    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.

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    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.

    AJ
     
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  3. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    Thanks is it pretty light?
     
  4. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    I haven't weighed it, maybe a pound or 2?

    AJ
     
  5. WyoRanchHand

    WyoRanchHand Active Member

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    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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  6. Broz

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    Don't laugh...:rolleyes: 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.

    Jeff
     
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  8. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    This little rascal from Al Ewing over in Spokane is a pretty nice little scope stand for hunting. It comes with extra vertical tubes, so the height can be extended quite a bit if desired. Also has a spike in the base, which can be pressed into soft ground for additional stability. I've had it for several years and it continues to serve well.

    Ewing's Scope Stands

    Regards, Guy
     
  9. mikeincg

    mikeincg New Member

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    Anybody here ever use Gitzo tripods, incredibly expensive but light and sturdy, I want to get the Gitzo Mountaineer to use with my 15x56's and my Nikon 80 when backpacking.

    Mike
     
  10. Chrismp51

    Chrismp51 New Member

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    I recently purchased an Outdoorsmans medium tripod. They arent cheap, but it is awesome. It will be the last tripod I buy. Check em out!

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  11. shimoda

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    I just bought a Vortex from Doug at Cameraland. Inexpensive, good quality, light weight [2 1/4 lbs w/ head]. I havn't packed it in the field yet but am hunting third season colorado next week and will give it a workout.
     
  12. Brambles

    Brambles Well-Known Member

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    Slik 613CF is IMO the best tripod for the money, get it with their smallest pan head and you got a light and stiff package that still telescops to 4ft. The package all together is 2.2 lbs
     
  13. Dewey

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    I have that Leupy Compact and have had for a long time, I hate the damm thing and am not wild about the Leupy spotter I have on it.

    I also have a Gitso CF tripod with Manfrotto pan head and a Leica 62 Armoured 16-48 spotter and THAT is a setup, but, it costs a chunk of change.

    I intend getting a lighter head than the Manfrotto and that is going to be that, can't do better than Leica.
     
  14. bwhite

    bwhite New Member

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    Check out the Outdoorsmans line of tripods, everything seems to be machined out of good quality, light weight material and the fit and finish is quality craftmanship. There are many accessories available for them that make them the handiest tripod out there (imo)