Review Price £556.60
The Traveller 2's compact folded dimensions are made possible by the unique way that legs fold up. By releasing the locks at the leg pivots, the legs can be folded upwards so that they overlap the centre column and GK2580TR ball head, nestling into indentations on the side of the head. This means that despite its impressive 1.54m full height, when folded away it measures just 43cm including the head. Compare this to the 61cm folded length of the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 when fitted with the lightweight 460MG head.
The details of the design are also very impressive. The newly re-designed Gitzo G-Lock leg and centre column locking mechanism allows the telescopic joints to be locked solid or released with a quick half-twist, and have a unique “gravity lock” system, so that the greater the vertical load applied to them the more solid they become. The legs of the Traveller 2 can be extended and locked in just a few seconds, more quickly than lever-locking legs, such as those of the Manfrotto 190. The legs can be set at two different angles for normal full-height use and for wider-spread, lower positions. The standard rubber feet can be removed and replaced with optional snow feet or spikes
The disk on the bottom of the centre column can be unscrewed, allowing the column to be removed and reversed for photographing subjects at ground level. One particularly clever feature is that the head mount disc can also be removed from the centre column, allowing the tripod to be assembled without the centre column with the the bottom disk attaching directly into the mount for the head, securing it onto the top (or bottom) of the pivot casting. This sacrifices the additional height of the centre column to save even more weight on what is already a very light tripod. All of this can be done without the need for special tools.