Considering this tripod weighs less than two pounds and closes down to less than fourteen inches makes this one of the most compact, lightest weight tripods available and is considerably more stable than others I had considered. I basically had three criteria for a new travel tripod.
- Weighs less than three pounds
- Small enough to fit inside a pannier
- Cost less than a hundred bucks
This is a very well designed tripod that provides versatility for a variety of photo opportunities. Ratcheting leg design allows the tripod to be used low to the ground and the center pole can be inverted for photographing close ups of flowers and such. Protective foam rubber sleeves are an added bonus not only for when it's cold outside but makes it nice to grab, hold and pack.
When I compared and considered all the basic qualities of a travel tripod I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Slik Mini II not only met all my basic criteria but I was able to get a lot of tripod for less than a hundred bucks. If you're looking for a light weight, compact travel tripod for bike touring, the Slik Mini II is simply the best available and at a very reasonable price. Oh yeah, it also includes a nice little carrying bag with shoulder strap. Click on photos or link provided in post for information or to purchase.
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