Best monopod/walking stick w/ ball-head?

Started Jul 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
Sante Patate
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Re: Best monopod/walking stick w/ ball-head?
In reply to bloodycape, Jul 28, 2011

IMO, it depends whether your priority is the walking stick function or the monopod function. You can't have state of the art in both.

Leki - the gold standard for trekking poles / walking sticks - have the Sierra ( http://www.amazon.com/LEKI-Sierra-Soft-Anti-Shock-Trekking/dp/B001GCUDTE/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1311879845&sr=1-1 ) which has a 1/4 inch camera screw under the wooden cap that you can put a ballhead on - or screw the camera on directly. The Sierra does not have an angled hand-grip, so for really hard walking it is not as good as the dedicated trekking poles, but for day walks or long walks on moderate ground it is fine. It is night and day better as a trekking pole than the hybrids made by Gitzo and Manfrotto.

Any small, light head would do. I use a Really Right Stuff BH-25, and it works very well, but a Benro B0 or similar would do as well. You could just use a quick release clamp without a head if you only want to do landscapes. Do not get the Manfrotto monopod head - it is very heavy and ruins the balance of the stick and makes it useless for walking.

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