Benro Travel Angel 2 A1682TB0 £160, $210 Performance
This tripod’s travel-friendly features stretch to a built-in hiking pole complete with compass
A radically different design to the other Benro tripod on test, The Travel Angel 2’s legs flip into a vertically upright position for stowage, so the head fits between the feet. Compared with the Flat Traveller, this reduces the folded height by 10cm. However, the maximum operating height is also reduced from 166cm to 160cm, but that’s still pretty tall for a travel tripod.
Similarities between the two Benro tripods include the same style of aluminium four-section legs and magnesium alloy fixings, rubber pad and spiked feet supplied as standard, and the same high-quality ball head. With both you’re also able to remove one of the legs and use it with the centre column and head as a monopod. The Travel Angel is 100g lighter in weight, but still a little on the heavy side compared with some of the ultra-light tripods on test. The Travel Angel’s rigidity and ease of operation are impressive. It has only one bubble level (the Flat Traveller has two; one on the tripod platform as well as one on the head). One nice extra in the Travel Angel is that it comes with a smart screwin wooden knob with built-in compass, which makes the monopod assembly comfortable to use as a walking pole.
The design has more going for it than the more expensive Flat Traveller 2