Sirui P-324S £270, $265
At 1.45kg the Sirui is the most portly platform in our test group, and is actually heavier than some travel tripods – not great if you want to travel light. The upside of such bulk, though, is outstanding build quality – this monopod is constructed from eight-layer carbon fibre tubing that’ll stand strong under a hefty 10kg of kit.
Like the Rollei Mogopod (above right), the Sirui has a friction-adjustable ball-head base which can be locked to keep the stand upright, while up top the grip pans smoothly through 360 degrees, so it’s great for tracking animals or vehicles. Three twist-lock extension clamps enable the monopod to reach a towering 175cm, but drop things down and spread the three large support legs, and the P-324S will also act as a table-top tripod.
You’ve really got to get your hands on this leg to appreciate its stellar design and build quality