- One of the most compact aluminum alloy monopods of its category, yet also offers excellent performance at full extension
- Multifunctional use: for video, photo and as walking stick
- Ultimate strength flip locks to maximize camera loading capacity
- Soft rubber handle provides an unbeatable grip in any weather
- Anti-slip rubber foot
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Great shooting support for tight spaces
I bought this monopod because I'm doing long distance coyote hunting and needed something more than my knee to stabilize my shots. I hunt from a small blind which ruled out a tripod for space reasons so I thought I would give this a try.
I was pleasantly surprised when this arrived and I realized the shaft is metal and not plastic. The entire thing seems very sturdy and the 3 locking clamps actually seem like they're going to last. The locking wheel at the bottom of the shaft is an awesome addition if you're like myself and don't want the monopod tilting at all.
Some of Vanguards other shooting supports come with an adjustable yoke while this model does not. I actually view this as a positive as reviews of the adjustable yoke show that it's not nearly as durable as the fixed U yoke that comes with this.
The only reason I give this 4 stars is because of the design of the deployable legs. Although they make a tremendous difference in stability compared to normal monopods, I don't know how well they're going to fair long term. The legs are plastic and leave the deploying mechanism exposed though large openings. They're very easy to deploy and retract but with how easily they let dirt and grime in, I can't say for certain this is going to last me for more than a few years. I hope to be mistaken but time will tell.
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