Nest Trav­eller NT -6294AK £200, $250

It’s the heavy­weight of the group, with rigid­ity to match – but is it as por­ta­ble as some of the oth­ers?

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Im­pec­ca­bly fin­ished in gun­metal grey, the Nest Trav­eller looks in a dif­fer­ent class to the other tripods on test. It’s much chunkier, the bot­tom sec­tions of the four-sec­tion legs having a 20mm di­am­e­ter (twice that of some com­peti­tors). The ball in the head has a sim­i­larly over­sized di­am­e­ter, for silkys­mooth ad­just­ments, and fea­tures an ad­justable fric­tion damper and pan-only lock.

The Nest looks ev­ery inch a reg­u­lar tripod rather than a down­sized travel com­pan­ion. The legs and head have a com­bined max­i­mum load of 15kg, which is nearly twice that of any other tripod on test, and five times that of the Giot­tos and Vel­bon. The legs them­selves have a 20kg rat­ing. The max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height is also the joint tallest on test, at 166cm, while the Nest folds down to just 46cm (with the head rest­ing between the feet).

Per­for­mance

Rigid­ity is no­tice­ably bet­ter than with any com­pet­ing tripod, and all con­trols are easy to op­er­ate. Clever ex­tras in­clude a de­tach­able leg and cen­tre col­umn for use as a mono­pod, and spring-loaded leg an­gle locks for straight­for­ward ad­just­ment. How­ever, the down­side is a weight of 2.15kg. That’s nearly twice the weight of the Giot­tos and Vel­bon tripods.

Well built, it’s great as a gen­eral-pur­pose tripod as well as a travel op­tion

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