Nest Trav­eller NT-6264CK £250, $385

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We’ve been im­pressed with Nest tripods in the past, and this travel-ori­en­tated model is no ex­cep­tion. Its 150cm ful­lyex­tended height, 41.5cm closed length and 1.49 kilo­grams weight are all pretty av­er­age, but a huge 15 kilo­grams pay­load rat­ing cer­tainly isn’t, and makes this the most ro­bust sup­port here. How­ever, that fig­ure only ap­plies to the eight-layer car­bon-fi­bre legs – the head is rated at 10 kilo­grams.

The head doesn’t feel like it’s let­ting the side down, though, with pre­ci­sion alu­minium con­struc­tion that oozes qual­ity, plus there’s ad­justable fric­tion and an in­de­pen­dently-lock­able pan base.

As with the Benro and MeFOTO, one of the legs can be con­verted to a mono­pod, and it also boasts two-stage leg-an­gle ad­just­ment and er­gonomic twist-grip leg locks. Pros Su­perb qual­ity, yet fairly compact. Re­mov­able mono­pod. Cons Not es­pe­cially small or light for trav­el­ling. We say A great all-rounder; strong with­out be­ing a bur­den.

Th­ese legs can carry a lot!

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