Vanguard VEO AM264TR £80, $100
Not only is this the least expensive monopod of our six, it’s also the most portable, tipping the scales at just 900g and boasting a collapsed length of 56.5cm. It’ll still extend to a useful 163cm, though, and it even shapes up well as a walking pole thanks to an ergonomic handle.
The basic fixed head won’t permit panning, so you’ll have to rotate on the stiff ball-and-socket base to track a subject, but at least this can be locked to keep the Veo vertical. It probably wouldn’t be your first choice for shooting video or photographing moving subjects, though.
You also get a trio of flip-out feet which are useful for stabilising the monopod on loose terrain, but they’re less effective on sloping surfaces thanks to the ball joint’s restricted articulation.
Small touches like the domed cover cap for the head make this a comfortable walking companion