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    Default Tripod of choice?

    What does everyone like for mountain hunting?

    I have been using an old survey tripod retrofitted with a ball head for my range finder and binos while shooting this year and I can see I need a lightweight set for hunting this fall.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    East Tennessee


    I have the Vortex summit SS-P. It's a decent tripod for the $$$.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Utah, after 30+yrs in MT


    I picked up a Sinno from Schmaltz two years ago with a ball head and have really liked it. There are lighter options out there, but this was pretty light and a great price.

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    Outdoorsmans expensive but you only buy once
    Forgive typing errors I'm either on an iPad or iPhone

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    Slik tripod. Lots of options depending on what you are wanting

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    I feel like slik is tough to beat for value. I have been using Oben, a China made CF tripod. I like it a lot for what I paid.

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    My main purpose would be for binos, I don't actually own a spotting scope. Where I hunt in mountains it's open enough to glass but thick enough that 10x binos work really well.

    I was looking at the vortex offerings, Summit SSP and high country. Although ebay has a handful of carbon fiber $100 units.

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    I have the Summit SSP and have certainly got the money's worth but if I could do it again I'd spend the $ once. I'm saving up for the Outdoorsman but it might take another year:

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    We have a vortex high country

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    Promaster or Sirui T-025x

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    I've got a Manfrotto something or other. I picked it up for about $50 and it's light weight and pretty stable. I bought it for DSLR use but it is okay with a spotting scope as well. Just need to replace my crappy 10 year old NC Star spotter and I'll be good.

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    Vortex high country!

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    Take a look at the Vanguard Quest T62U. At 2.24 lbs, it is relatively lightweight and comes with a yoke for shooting. I also have Vanguard pan head that came with an older tripod that I have used with a spotting scope. I've found that the yoke actually works pretty well as a rest form my larger binoculars. What I like about the Vanguard is that in it's fully collapsed position, the height is perfect sitting and glassing without deploying the flick locks to extend the legs. I spread the one single (removable) leg to get the best position. In addition, the removable leg can be used as a monopod or the other unit as a bipod. Very pleased with the Vanguard tripod (bipod, monopod) and will be using it on a 3rd rifle season elk hunt in CO this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brockel View Post
    Slik tripod. Lots of options depending on what you are wanting
    Quote Originally Posted by SnowyMountaineer View Post
    I feel like slik is tough to beat for value. I have been using Oben, a China made CF tripod. I like it a lot for what I paid.
    I agree with brockel and SnowyMountaineer. I spent a fair amount of time looking at tripods several years ago and for the money it was hard to bead the quality and weight of a Slik. I have put mine thru 4 or 5 seasons and it still works like its new.

    I would love to buy a outdoorsman, but have a hard time justifying the money. I can go on a couple of hunts for the cost.

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    Outdoorsmans - worth the money IMO if you're going to use it for several years.

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    backpacking culman... close to truck manfrotto

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    Top of the line is Gitzo if you want a cheaper carbon fiber alternative check out Induro CLT004.

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    I picked up a Leupold tripod with the purchase of the spotting scope. Works good. I had a crappy one before - this one showed the reasons why Leupold is... Leupold. Purchased via our famous Schmalts.
    " There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." - Theodore Roosevelt
    Live to work or work to live... Your choice.

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    Promaster with Benro s2 for me.

    S and S archery has a nice video comparison of some very good options.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Northern Wyoming


    Vanguard 264AO is what I use because it has all of the "little" features that most don't. Spiked legs for setting up on ice/snow, rubber shock ring so your nockers don't get banged around when the head drops, hook to stabilize with your backpack during high winds, and can extend to around 6 feet high (important for someone who is 6' 4" like me). Yes, it may be ounces heavier and not compact quite as small, but when I am setup on the edge of a cliff and sitting on ice in high winds glassing I know that my setup ain't moving. Oh and they are very well priced.

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    Sirui T-024

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    I just got the Sirui T-024x and am really impressed. Here are some pics for comparison.

    From left to right... Sirui T-025x ___ Sirui T-024x ____ Promaster T525P (now XC525C)

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    The T-025x is using the included Sirui Ballhead with the Outdoorsman's Tripod adapter attached to the Sirui plate. I removed the center post as it is non-adjustable and I felt it made the tripod unstable. The tripod weighs 30oz.

    The T-024x is modified as I removed the Sirui quick-detach plate and attached the Outdoorsman's Quick Release Adapter directly to the Sirui ballhead. I did this to remove potential failure points and to eliminate unused weight. Also, it makes it so I can use my bino's and scopes interchangeably between this tripod and the Promaster, depending on the situation. It weighs 32oz.

    The Promaster T525P has the Outdoorsman Panhead. It weighs 45oz.

    I bought the T-024x and Kowa 554 to use while backpacking as the entire setup weighs 3.8lbs. The Promaster and Kowa 883 weigh 7.4lbs which are great when the extra power and light-gathering ability are an absolutely necessity but are pretty heavy on long hunts.

    Hope that helps.

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    Manfrotto 785B

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