This a great quality hunting tripod from SIRUI that offers stability in a lightweight design. This lightweight hunting tripod combo is also easy to pack into a backpack. The legs can be folded up by 180° meaning that the tripod can be collapsed to a height under 16" (without head). Each leg is made of 4 sections with 3 sealed twist locks. The rubber feet ensure the tripod is steady on all surfaces. Cold-weather grips are welcome during those cold early morning glassing hours. The T-024SK Series features an adjustable centre column. For additional stability, there is a small hook on the centre column to mount a weight.
In addition to the tripod, this combo kit also comes with our favorite pan head for heavier spotting scopes, the Sirui VA-5.
The SIRUI VA-5 Professional Fluid Video Head has a fluid system for smooth panning and tilting. The panning resistance is preset to produce very smooth pans and the tilt mechanism has stepless friction adjustment. Since there are many different sizes of spotters, having a stepless friction control lets you precisely select the proper friction for your setup.
Tripod is solid and light. The head is silky smooth and awesome for gridding with at least binos. Have not used it with a heavy spotter.
Used this set up for the first time this week. 5 days chasing Antelope in Montana, and it worked great. I am fairly new to Western hunting and glassing, but this rig made it easy to get set up quickly and comfortably. Folds up neatly and slides right into mt EXO side sleeve.
Tried out this tripod/head with an angled Kowa spotter. All leg features, center-weight clip, short-neck center column, and head worked great. Packs up into compact size.
This combo is a good compromise between light weight and functionality. It's not as light as some, and not as stable as a heavier tripod, but there's always a trade off. I compared to a similar Vortex tripod and this one is higher quality for $100 less. The fluid head is awesome and makes me wish I had bought one sooner. I'm 5'11" and I can glass standing up with an angled spotter, but with a straight spotter or binos I have to bend over awkwardly. But then I do most glassing sitting down. The legs and center column offer enough adjustment that I can usually find a good position on most any terrain. Overall I'm happy with it so far.
The fluid head is amazing and worth the money. The quality of the materials are high. I’d recommend this to anyone that is 5’11” or shorter. I am 6’2” and this tripod is a bit on the short side if you’re trying to glass while standing. To combat that I use the tall outdoorsman bino adapter l. Overall I would recommend. 4.7/5.