This would be for a mid-range spotter and binos for mountain hunting.
I don't care about cost and I don't care about height - I don't need to be standing.
What I care about most is weight and stability in wind.
The weight plenty for one tall enough to stand up at times is minimal and the extra section adds robustness. I regretted any tripod that didnt have that extra section. If that’s too much strain on the budget look at a silk 334 also
And when I said "mid-range spotter," what I meant was size. I'm using a 20-60x80 swaro.
Someone recommended a Gitzo. It weighs almost 4 lbs.
I'm willing to pay Gitzo money. I want something that weighs less than 30 oz.
I can't find the Innegra on their website. Outdoorsman's website sucks.
There's got to be something that's lighter than a cheapo Slik.
I don’t think you will find anything out there that shaves much if any weight off of your current setup without sacrificing stability.
Anyone who says a Slik is a cheopo is sorely mistaken. It is one of the best pieces of equipment I've ever owned and still use for most of my filming to this day.
I have a 600mm Nikkor with a giant gitzo carbon tripod and giant fluid head. While it is incredible weights 21 lbs all in and I just aint carrying around so much as I used to :)
Here's the kind of video and steadiness it does. https://rumble.com/vni1ck-unicorn-and-friends-2020.html
Just my $0.02
Note: I have no actual experience with this brand's products, but came across them recently and it looks like they're worth consideration, especially given your requirements. These products look very well thought out and designed.
FWIW I have a Promaster XC-M525C tripod topped with a Sirui VA-5 fluid head which is pretty light weight and has also the height capability for standing use, but it sounds like that's more tripod than you're looking for.
I haven't used it for Dig-scoping yet, so I haven't had my spotting scope on it.
Very lite and sturdy tough.
I use a cheap, lightweight tripod, BUT.... I carry a small mesh bag and some cord. I hang the bag from the tripod, with a nice rock in it, to stabilize said scope for easier glassing
There is no charge for this handy tip.....! It's just the sort of thing that old sheep hunters know!
Thanks for everyone's insights. I have 4 different tripods, I'm specifically looking for something to fit a niche need, which is going after a target animal with the lightest setup possible on a 1, 2, or 3 day trip.
I'm not looking to spend hours glassing through a spotter looking for animals with this tripod. I'm specifically looking for something that's lightweight that will allow me to stabilize my spotter for the few seconds that I need to confirm my animal.
When you have limited time and you have to climb thousands of feet, 1 lb makes a huge difference and for what they accomplish, tripods are a very heavy piece of equipment.
True that, the higher I have a tripod the more the wind affects its stability.
Good luck, Robb
How lightweight is your tripod? What do you guys consider lightweight? I have 3 or 4 short (40" - 50") lightweights and I don't like the stability of none of them...
I picked up a lighter one that everyone was raving about on Rokslide and was extremely disappointed in how stable it was.
I should have been more specific.
Good luck, Robb