MeFoto Road­trip A135OQ 1

A tri­umph of com­pro­mise, this is a per­fect trav­el­ling com­pan­ion

NPhoto - - Test Team -

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 >

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