Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel
It’s a variation on a theme
The Karoo Ultimate Travel tripod is similar to the Benro Travel that’s also on test. It has the same arrangement of four-section legs with twist locks, which can swing up over the extended centre column to reduce storage size. The leg sections have identical diameters, as does the mounting plate for the head.
Another similarity is that one of the legs can be detached and used as a monopod. However, its attachment to either the supplied extension tube or to the centre column is rather more fiddly than with the Benro. The maximum monopod height is 151cm with the tube, or 177cm with the centre column.
The centre column itself is noticeably different to that of any other tripod on test. It has a pivot joint at its top, so you adjust the height of the centre column even in pivot mode. The downside is that, as with the Manfrotto tripods on test, you can only use the centre column in vertical or horizontal modes, with no other angles being available. You also need to retract the centre column through the clamp a little when in horizontal orientation, to enable a firm locking action.
The controls and clamps operate smoothly and effectively, and rigidity is good, living up to the 10 kilogram rating for both the legs and ball head. The head lacks a variable friction damper, but does have a panning release.
Features Build/handling Performance Value for money
A bargain, if you can get by with just vertical or horizontal column orientation.
Specs Maximum operating height: 167cm Folded height (with head): 46cm Weight with head: 2.1kg Max load (legs, head): 10kg, 10kg Leg section diameters: 28mm, 25mm, 22mm, 19mm Pivoting centre column: 90º only Ball head: Kenro BB2 Head mount diameter: 52mm Locking leg angles: Three angles Feet: Pads + spikes