- Feb 27, 2012
- Tijeras NM
Any suggestions on a good tripod for spotting scope that won't break the bank or break the first time it's used? Thanks in advance.
Ill add that I picked up the Slik Sprint mini II this year and really like it. I dont think it will go to standing heights, but I always spot from sitting anyways so thats not a problem for me.
What size spotter are you using?
I bought the rocketfish carbon fiber this year also and it broke on me. Plus it's to heavy like HC said at 3lbs. It all depends on what your going to use it for. If your running a camera then you will need something a little more heavy duty. If its just for your spotter then I would go as light as possible or else you'll just end up replacing it in the future. My hunting partner used the slick sprint mini this year and he was real happy with that one. I think that's what I'm going to go with.
I bought the
Vanguard 233CB, a carbon fiber tripod. It extends to 60". I've only got one season on it, but seems good. It has a warranty (2 years if I remember right). I paid $199 for it here in Idaho Falls.
The head that came with it was good and light, but I like the
Manfrotto 324RC2, joystick, so I swapped them. There's a gear review on that head here:
The entire outfit weighed in at 3lbs 7 ounces.
If I want to cut that for a backpack trip, I'd switch to the stock head and be back under 3lbs total.
However, if I was that worried about weight, I'd go with my 1lb 11oz Leupold (with head) set up. It's 20 years old, but I'd have to spend a lot more to save a little more weight.
Velbon Ultra Max.
One of the best purchases I made in the last year!