MeFoto Roadtrip A135OQ 1
A triumph of compromise, this is a perfect travelling companion
Travel tripods aren’t in short supply, but it’s not easy to find one that packs small but extends tall, while also being light yet rigid. The RoadTrip gets the compromise just right. It’s not the smallest or lightest set of legs, but it’ll stay solid under eight kilos of kit, and at 40cm when packed and just 1.65kg, it won’t be obtrusive either.
At full stretch the RoadTrip tops out at 157cm thanks to its five-section legs. You also get a compact, high-quality ball head. It works very well, benefitting from a panonly lock and adjustable friction damper.
If the MeFoto name is new to you, its parent company is Benro, ensuring the RoadTrip has the same high standard of design and build as the rest of the Benro range. It’s also available in a choice of 12 colours, if you want something a bit fun.
Upgrade if you own... a lightweight but flimsy tripod. Stick with a regular tripod if you need something taller or tougher.
runner up... Nest Traveller NT -6294AK
Don’t be put off by this tripod’s 2.15kg weight, as you get superb quality and a 15kg load rating. Not just a great travel tripod, a fine general-purpose support, too.
Travel tripod > £140, $190 > www.mefoto.com