I need a new tripod and I want it for optics and to shoot off of. I have been looking at the Gunwerks hunter and the really right stuff tripods. I am curious if anyone has used both and have an opinion? I know the price tag is pretty far apart between the Gunwerks and RRS. I am curious if the $$ is worth it for the RRS or if the Gunwerks is plenty good. Any opinions would be useful.
I was in the same position a few months ago, looked at the features and the price point and after much back and forth I decided to go with the RRS Ascend-14. I wanted a lightweight tripod that I could use for both standard photography/glassing as well as shooting off of. The center column was one of the main selling points for me, I understand that it results in less stability but the advantage of being quickly able to adjust far outweighed the negative. The other was the QD arca connection on the RRS vs the thumb screw on the Gunwerks.
The main reason was during my bison hunt the guide carried a bogpod and I ended up missing a shot opportunity as I was unable to see over some tall grass and had no good way to quickly adjust the tripod high enough while crouched. Had I had the RRS I would have easily been able to slide the center column several inches higher and made the shot.
I ended up getting the integrated ball head which I use primarily for the binoculars and camera. When it comes to shooting the integrated head can work but it is definitely less than ideal due to its small size. For example the head needs to be located on the balance point of the rifle otherwise it does not have the strength to hold and will slowly tilt.
Knowing that weakness I also picked up an Anvil 30 that is vastly superior to shoot off. I’m waiting for the platform mount to come back in stock but the Anvil 30 is shaped so that in the mean time a simple bolt and washer can be used to turn the Ascend into a fixed apex tripod.