How tough is Gitzo's basalt material?

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
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pipspeak Senior Member • Posts: 1,774
How tough is Gitzo's basalt material?

I'm curious how tough Gitzo's "basalt" tripods are compared to carbon fiber and aluminum. I'm looking at buying a cheap set of basalt legs that are "well used" -- mainly rub marks, but a few deeper scrapes and scratches on the legs. Since all these dings are on the top (thickest) leg sections I don't see they're going to compromise strength much, if at all, but I've no experience with Gitzo's basalt material. Any info appreciated.

The joints all look fine and the twist-locks are fine, too, so I assume it just did a lot of traveling with a case or bag.

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