Kenro Ka­roo Ul­ti­mate Travel

It’s a vari­a­tion on a theme

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£160, $240

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.

Per­for­mance

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.

Ver­dict

Features Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

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

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