TFB have written about several interesting products from Really Right Stuff, like the Limited Visibility Spotter Kit, the BH-55 Ball Head, the Cinch-LR Bino Adapter and one of their larger tripods. They now have a new packable tripod called Ascend-14. It’s available in either a Platform version or with the integrated Ascend Ballhead. It’s also possible to use the RRS Anvil-30 mount directly to the tripod.
The aluminum components are CNC-machined from T6061 aluminum, and then type-2 anodized for protection. According to RRS, their carbon fiber is produced with a unique weave pattern which offers a stronger and stiffer tube. With a weight of just 3.38 lb (1534 g) for the lightweight version, the Ascend should be a perfect companion for your backpack.
Depending on how you configure your Ascend-14 the prices vary from $1,150.00 to $1,550.00.
The platform-only option is available to users who would like the ability to screw on a separate head.
So what do you get for your money?
Leg Material: Carbon Fiber
Number of Leg Sections: 4
Load Capacity 1st Position Fully Extended: 30 lb / 13.6 kg
Load Capacity 2nd Position Fully Extended: 25 lb / 11.3 kg
Load Capacity 3rd Position Fully Extended: 20 lb / 9.1 kg
Load Capacity 4th Position Fully Collapsed: 30 lb / 13.6 kg
1st Position Maximum Height: 68.9″ / 175 cm
1st Position Minimum Height: 19.7″ / 50 cm
1st Position 3/4 Segments Extended: 54.8″ / 139 cm
2nd Position Maximum Height: 57.4″ / 146 cm
2nd Position Minimum Height: 16.3″ / 41 cm
3rd Position Maximum Height: 40.6″ / 103 cm
3rd Position Minimum Height: 11.2″ / 28 cm
4th Position Minimum Height: 5.1″ / 13 cm
Quick Column Height Addition: 10.1″ / 26 cm
Folded Length: 21.1″ / 54 cm
Folded Diameter: 3.40″ / 8.6 cm
Weight: 3.38 lb / 1534 g ( 3.04 lb / 1378 g lightweight mode, No lower column section)
In the box:
(2) 5/32″ hex keys (required to adjust leg angle tension)
(1) 3/32″ hex key (required to adjust the tension on the column lock)
(1) T9 Torx key (required to adjust the tension of the ball head lever)
(1) User’s Guide
You can find a direct link to the new tripod here: https://soar.reallyrightstuff.com/ascend-lp