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Take a closer look at the Travel Tripod with Lawrence, Peak Design's boy genius:
And, check out the host of optional accessories that you can add onto your pledge (instructions at end of video):
So why redesign the tripod? Because traditional travel tripods have a critical flaw: tons of wasted space. The result is a tool that is inherently difficult to carry with you into the field. We fixed that, and more.
We spent 4 years redesigning the tripod from the ground up to eliminate dead space and minimize packed-down size.
But we didn't stop at space savings.
We made a tool that deploys and packs down rapidly—nearly twice as fast as a traditional tripod. We made it intuitive and delightful to use. We engineered professional-quality stability and performance. And we added thoughtful features to help you get the shot— with any gear, in any environment, from any point of view.
We built the Travel Tripod around the photographer's workflow. How? We are photographers.
We loaned pre-production samples of the Travel Tripod to some of our favorite creatives on Youtube. Here's what they had to say:
Peter McKinnon compares the PD Travel Tripod to the Gitzo Traveler:
Manny Ortiz goes ham on the Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod in downtown Chi-town:
Kitty Peters of Atola Visuals goes deep on the Travel Tripod and shares footage from our media unveiling event we hosted in San Francisco:
TechCrunch interviews Peter Dering and Art Viger on the design considerations behind the Travel Tripod:
Alright, let's dive deeper into every crevice of the Travel Tripod's functionality:
Pro performance. Half the size.
The Travel Tripod takes up half the volume of a traditional travel tripod. We also eliminated bulky, protruding knobs. The result? Every water bottle pocket on your bag is now also a tripod pocket, and you're carrying a full sized tripod with professional capabilities.
Set it up (and pack it down) faster.
With traditional travel tripods, slow setup may mean a missed shot. Not with the Peak Design Travel Tripod. We designed strong, easy-to-use leg cam levers that can be operated together (no tedious twist locks!). With our architecture there's no need for the legs to flip up/down when packing and unpacking. And, we topped it off with lightning-fast camera quick-attachment/release.
Current office record: 9.4 seconds from packed to legs deployed.
Love thy ball head.
No more guessing which knob to turn or how far to turn it: a single and precision-engineered adjustment ring gives total articulation. Our locking ring gives you further stability and vibration reduction. But even without it, your camera is locked securely in place. The unique head design gives you greater range of articulation, and incorporates 3 portrait mode cutouts instead of 1.
Made for the camera in your bag.
Make no mistake: the Travel Tripod is small, but it's ready for big jobs. High-performance materials and precision machined parts yield weight capacity, stability, and vibration dampening comparable to much larger, more expensive tripods. The Travel Tripod is designed to handle pro photography gear, easily handling a full-frame DSLR with a 70-200 lens. Combining a 20lb weight capacity with a 60" max height, the Travel Tripod performs as well as any other in its class.
Also made for the camera in your pocket.
There's a reason that phones are already the most used cameras in the history of cameras: mobile devices take incredible pictures, they're only getting better, and you always have it with you. That's why we gave the Travel Tripod a brilliant, stowable, universal mobile mount hidden in the center column.
More points of view. More environments.
It takes just seconds to switch to Inverted Mode, perfect for macro or product photography. Or, with a few turns of the included hex wrench, you can reconfigure into Low Mode. The Travel Tripod goes lower than any other tripod in its class, enabling unmatched ground perspective shots. Plus our separately available add-ons give even more versatility: the Universal Head Adaptor lets our tripod with any tripod head, our Spike Feet add grip in ice and looser terrain, and the Ultralight Conversion Kit removes the bottom 4 sections of each leg and takes almost half the weight off your tripod making it an incredible tabletop-sized backpacking tripod. Check out our addendum video for more info on the accessories.
A zippered soft case from the legendary Peak Design soft goods department, plus all the tools to use and maintain your new tripod: our precision machined aluminum Standard Plate, a hex wrench for plate tightening and tripod maintenance, and the phone mount mentioned above.
L-brackets and 3rd party tripod plates. Remove the pins on the ball head for longer plates. Compatible with most Arca Swiss plates.
How about the entire Peak Design Ecosystem. Secure Anchor connection points let you carry the Travel Tripod with any Peak Design strap. The Travel Tripod uses the same plate that comes with our Capture Camera Clip. Carry the Travel Tripod in (or on) any Peak Design bag. It's the size and shape of a water bottle, making it easy to carry in any bag you want.
Durable, serviceable, and guaranteed for life.
Weatherproof and impact-resistant, we built the Travel Tripod to give you years of joy. How many years? A lifetime. Like all Peak Design products, we guarantee the Travel Tripod for life (see warranty details in the FAQ). We made every part of the Travel Tripod serviceable, cleanable, and replaceable, to give it a longer lifespan and generate less waste.
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Then let's add on some accessories:
Peep this sick vid for details on the above add-ons, and instructions on how to add them:
And what if you're detail-oriented?
Tripod Specs, Materials & Performance Testing
We've been working with a Stanford physicist during pre-production to ensure the Peak Design Travel Tripod has pro-level stability. Well, he's not just any Stanford physicist. David Berryrieser is the founder of The Center Column, a site dedicated to scientifically testing tripods. David may be the world's foremost expert on tripod performance.
In short, the Peak Design Travel Tripod is as stable, if not more stable, than most other travel tripods in its class. That means you get extreme compactness without sacrificing performance.
David tests tripods using harmonic oscillation. For more info on what that means and how the Peak Design Travel Tripod compares to others, read Update #8. Here's what the testing looks like:
Again, read Update #8 for the full story behind our performance testing.
Environmental & Social Impact
Making and selling stuff creates pollution. It is Peak Design's responsibility to clean up that mess, and find ways to make less mess in the first place. It is also our responsibility to look out for the well-being of the many people who contribute to Peak Design, ensuring that we succeed at the expense of nobody.
Below are the key sustainability and responsibility considerations in making the Travel Tripod. You can learn about Peak Design's company-wide sustainability plan here.
Travel Tripod is carbon neutral. That means that zero net greenhouse gases are emitted when making/delivering the Travel Tripod. We achieve this by measuring the Scope 1-3 carbon footprint of the Travel Tripod, from raw material mining to manufacturing to shipping to the end customer. We then reduce or offset that carbon footprint in its entirety. Peak Design is fully carbon neutral, all the way back to the beginning of our company.
Travel Tripod is fully serviceable, and nearly every single part is individually replaceable. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee. This means less material has the chance to end up in a landfill.
Travel Tripod is built in factories that pay workers fairly and provide for their safety. Peak Design works with our partner factories to maintain a code of conduct for worker pay, safety, and conditions. We invest in 3rd party audits to ensure these standards are always met.
1% of Travel Tripod sales go to grassroots environmental nonprofits. Peak Design is a 1% for the Planet member, meaning that 1% of all our revenue goes to protecting wild places. As of April 2019, we've donated over $1 million to environmental nonprofits.
We launch our products on Kickstarter because it gives us the freedom to run our business exactly how we want. The funds we generate on Kickstarter make it possible for us to continue developing products without seeking venture capital. That means we're not beholden to growth goals, revenue targets, or product timelines imposed by other people. Instead, we focus on doing what we love: building the best things we can possibly make, fueled by support from the best customers we could possibly ask for.
This is our 9th Kickstarter project since 2011. From the beginning, our backers have steered the direction of our product roadmap, both with their feedback, and with direct participation in our design process via surveys and focus groups. This close collaboration is made possible by communication and community-building tools of the Kickstarter platform.
Thank you for letting us continue on this incredible journey.
Risks and challenges
This is our 9th Kickstarter project since 2011. Through the years we've gotten pretty darn good at setting accurate expectations and delivering on our promises. But no matter how much we've got our poop in a group (official midwestern terminology) things can still go awry. If they do, we solemnly promise to give you full transparency into the issues and solve them in a way that leaves our backers happy and proud to support our company.
Supply Chain Risk: Sometimes a machine or tool breaks. Sometimes a factory loses power for a day. Sometimes we get the wrong parts or materials in. These things happen from time to time and can affect how long it takes to build our products.
Shipping Risk: Global shipping and warehousing logistics is mind-boggling. Hence we outsource that stuff to experts. But even the experts aren't immune to weather, port congestion, and other uncontrollable factors.
Acts of God: We're based in San Francisco. That means we could have an earthquake. Or a horrific avocado toast shortage. Whatever happens, we'll get through it together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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