The next generation of Gitzo’s Mountaineer tripods will be available in August, offering new carbon fibre tubing that offers a measurable improvement in stiffness. Named Carbon eXact, Gitzo’s new tubing optimizes the fibre composition for each tube size, using HM (High Modulus) carbon fibre in the narrower tubes to make them stiffer.
Gitzo also has refined tube diameters. The improvement is particularly significant for narrower tubes. The final leg section of a 4-section Series 1 tripod is now 22.5 percent wider than its predecessor.
The top spider and column lock have also been improved, contributing to the tripod’s rigidity.
By redesigning the G-lock internally and externally, the new “G-lock Ultra” creates a new level of ergonomic resistance, says the company.
Mountaineer’s Ground Level Set mechanism has also been completely redesigned for faster operation, which lets the photographer easily remove the centre column to get the camera closer to the ground. A single, simple unlocking ring under the column’s upper disc frees the column while keeping the upper disc solidly in place on the tripod. This eliminates the need to unscrew and re-fit the upper disc and hook. In addition, the leg-angle selectors have internal springs and more grip room, making switching leg angles faster and easier.
There are 10 tripod leg sets, from Series 0 (the smallest) up to Series 3, and three complete tripod and head kits in the new Mountaineer range. Each series has three- and four-section models available, while Series 2 and Series 3 also have a special long four-section model for increased height.
The new Mountaineer models will carry suggested retail prices ranging from $649.95 to $1,299.95.