Benro Travel An­gel 2 A1682TB0 £160, $210 Per­for­mance

This tripod’s travel-friendly fea­tures stretch to a built-in hik­ing pole com­plete with com­pass

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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

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