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Tripod Walking Pole

Postby Aztec » Fri 03 Oct, 2014 11:26 am

Hi Guys,
Just an odd question - has anyone ever seen a lightweight tripod that is a trekking pole?

I was thinking with todays carbon fibre, a lightweight three legged tripod, would still make a decent trekking pole...

I've seen the usuals - monopods, fittings that join two (or three) poles together with a head mounting.. but I've not seen an actual tripod, that is the trekking pole...
Maybe I'm missing something, or it's not feasible for some reason... weight? structural strength? unwieldy?
Cheers,
Richard

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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 03 Oct, 2014 11:35 am

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Or there seemed to be many solutions if you do a Google. None looked to be worthy of a real tripod though for obvious compromises.
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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby Aztec » Fri 03 Oct, 2014 12:08 pm

Heh, that would be a funny site walking the OLT with :)
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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby GPSGuided » Fri 03 Oct, 2014 12:20 pm

Not very packable, so a no no in my books. :)
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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby Chris-a » Fri 03 Oct, 2014 2:14 pm

Check these out. I bought the original model years ago. It was a tad heavy then but did the trick. Hopefully the newer versions are light weight.

http://www.trek-tech.com


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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby Bushman_Craig » Sat 10 Sep, 2016 10:54 pm

A late bump, but just in case anyone else was thinking of using one of their existing hiking poles as a camera monopod...

Grab one of these for smaller cameras and Go-Pros - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... Black.html
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Called an Ultra-Pod, it is a lightweight table-top tripod which, by the use of simple velcro wrap, can be securely strapped to a sapling, fence star picket, or to your hiking pole.

For DSLRs and the like you can go for the larger Ultra-Pod II - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... Black.html
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I've used both of these with various cameras and they are excellent for their size and weight.
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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby DaveNoble » Sat 10 Sep, 2016 11:38 pm

Tripods are designed to be rigid. Walking poles are designed to be flexible so they can absorb shock. So trying to also use one as the other is a bit like using a car as a boat. It can be done - but probably not a very useful idea.

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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby north-north-west » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 3:56 pm

True Dave - but those things would be good for fungus photography.
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Re: Tripod Walking Pole

Postby gayet » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 4:04 pm

Look at gorilla pods for funghi as well. With stiff but flexible legs and a less than large dslr they are quite strong and stable and better on uneven surfaces
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