Novo Explora T10 £250/$320
A tr avel tr ipod with lofty ambitions
The Novo is only manufactured in carbon, so there’s no cut-price aluminium edition. Compared with the carbon Nest, most of the leg sections are a millimetre thinner in diameter, and the total weight of the kit is 50g lower, at 1.8kg. The folded length is 3cm longer, matching the Kenro at 48cm, but the Novo has the tallest maximum height of any tripod in the group, at 174cm. The maximum load rating is beefy too, at 15kg for both the legs and ball head.
Attractions include foursection legs with twist-action clamps; three lockable leg angles; and a removable leg that can be used as a monopod. It also comes with interchangeable rubber feet and metal spikes, and a smart padded case.
The ball head features an adjustable friction damper built into the main locking knob, and two pan release locks – one at the base and one in the camera platform. There’s a bubble level on the latter but it’s obscured during shooting by the ArcaSwiss quick-release plate.
Compared with the other tripods on test, the extra height is nice to have, especially as the Novo remains impressively rigid even at full extension. All of the movements are smooth and precise, with a nicely fluid feel, and clamping actions are firm and stable. The addition of an extra locking leg angle when compared to the Nest (which is very similar in most other respects) is a bonus.
Construction material: Carbon fibre Weight: 1.8kg Alternative material: None Max/folded height: 174cm, 48cm Max load (legs, head): 15kg, 15kg Head mount platform dia: 53mm Head attachment screw: 3/8 inch Ball head: Novo CBH-40 Quick-release plate: Arca-Swiss Head adjustments: Lock, pan, friction
Features Build/handling Performance Value for money
The extra maximum height is useful in this very-well-made carbon contender.