Peak Design Travel Tripod Review (NOT sponsored)



We review the Peak Design Travel Tripod, which is currently on Kickstarter at We compare it against our favorite travel tripod, the Manfrotto BeFree: It has some significant advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before ordering it.
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32 thoughts on “Peak Design Travel Tripod Review (NOT sponsored)

  1. My favourite tripod is my $40 Neewer Tripod from Amazon. I have dropped it countless times, down stairs, in rivers, in the sea and this thing still functions. Ok its probably made from a recycled Sherman Tank (the Ball head defo is) as it weighs a ton. But the Neweer Tripod is my best mate!

  2. I use a rather inexpensive Oben which has all the features I need, some that are better than the $600 Peak Design. I'm just not going to pay that much for a tripod,

  3. The ballhead appears useless and not very practical. Having to raise the center column just to engage the head? Then having to cantilever the camera off to the side for portrait orientation, forcing one to recompose the scene? Really? And forget about panning. Another mistake, as I see it, was not making the tripod fully Arca-Swiss compatible. Most everyone I know uses an L-bracket which makes changing camera positioning a breeze. Sure, aesthetically its a nice looking design…just not very practical, especially considering the price. I wouldn't mind a decent travel tripod, but until one comes along I'll keep making do with my old Gitzo GT2540 and Markins Q-ball. Its not the lightest setup, but its not overly heavy either. But as far as stability goes, its rock solid, even when shooting in water.

  4. I’ve had the BeFree on standy for a while (on your recommendation, Tony/Chelsea), waiting to see if there was another tripod that would catch my eye and this Peak Design tripod looked interesting. But that price…. HOLY SHIT is right. I think I’m going to just buy the BeFree.

  5. The price is outrageous and the ball head is big suspect on this tripod. Peak design achieved compact form by choosing three design elements:
    – 5 sections vs 4 on other travel tripods
    – compact ball head that requires to be raised in order to be adjusted
    – triangular legs vs round

    I am not a fan of either of these decisions. Legs and center column are much thinner then on competing travel tripods and it reduces tripod stability. Besides, even fully extended this tripod will not reach eye level without also extending very thin and jiggly center column. Ball head is not as practical as traditional and proven design. And when it comes to carbon fiber, I prefer round legs as they can be less prone to snapping compared with alternative solutions.

  6. Great review!

    Tripod certainly has unique value proposition. High price is understandable. Early adopters don’t care about price that much.

    However I don’t think price will stay this high forever. i’m sure competitors are already looking to improve on it and once it is shipped they’ll tare it down and will roll out improved copies at lower price in a heartbeat.

    I’d pay that price for Gitzo legs because of the quality and brand (resale) value but for new tripod brand? Must wait and see.

  7. Good review, and objective too as are all T&C reviews. I have a lot of Peak Design items (backpack, bags, clips, straps, etc), all very nicely designed but in practice all are flawed in one way or another. I do like the look of the PD tripod, but for me it is problematic because there is no pan facility in the head (see KaiW's review at 5'52") and it's too short (I'm just average height). On top of that there are the issues that Tony pointed out, plus to keep it small legs have five sections rather than four so less stability. I currently use a Manfrotto BeFree Advanced as my travel tripod and it ticks all the boxes for me – function over form, and at a fraction of the price!
    PS I have seen some sponsored reviews, and like fan reviews these lack objectivity and are not to be trusted. I believe this review by T&C is impartial, objective and trustworthy.

  8. Tony and Chelsea,
    You guys take more crap for telling the truth than any other YouTubers I've seen. I guess that's the price of being a 1.3M sub channel. With that said, I hope you guys never change because you've saved me a fortune. Thank you.

  9. You had me at bloody finger. I was seriously considering making the plunge, but will wait for v2.0 of their tripods. I have the slightly cumbersome BeFree, and while I like the compactness of the Peak Design, there are too many sacrifices.

  10. Tony. Why are you not using Really Right Stuff tripods, ballheads and camera plates? The plate for the A7rIII is the best plate you can get and has the allen tool built in.

  11. I never had a problem with the peak design fix plate, need a wrench that’s true but for the moment it never came loose want’s it was screwed on.
    For the rest great review and ‘great price’.

  12. Look at Peak Design latest video – they are working on a solution to have the hex key mounted on the tripod, so you will always have it with you.

  13. $600! GULP! Too rich for my blood. While I could live with the hex-wrench issue, the rotational issues are a bit of a turn-off for me. I have two travel tripods I choose from (depending on if I have check-in luggage). Without check in I use a Siri ET-2204, but I bring my own Markin ballhead. Very nice size. With check-in luggage I prefer my Manfrotto carbon fiber 190 series, again with the Markin Head.

  14. Tony, recently after checking this Tripod out personally I totally concur with you that this tripod is way too overhyped for what it has to offer. The head that comes with this tripod is literally useless because one will have to buy an adapter and a 3rd party ball head if you have to get any use out of this tripod. I am unable to justify paying the premium that it commands.

    Just because it has some 15000 backers on KS really does not mean anything to me. There are enough sheeples in this World who mindlessly follow whatever trends on KS most of them are the types whose only goal is to get most Instagram likes, none are serious photographers. And the proof of that is for past several days all these people are debating about is where and how to incorporate the HEX key into this tripod. That should give an ample evidence of type of people backing this project.

    Once again thank you for a completely fair & unbiased review. I see your criticism has already attracted a lot of 'paid" trolls these are the ones who are pledging $1 on Kickstarter to just harass & shame anybody that makes sane & rational criticism of this tripod.

  15. Peak Design has sent us tripod. This is not a sponsored video. Yes it is.
    Even though, it was a quite honest review of the quite mediocre overpriced product.

  16. hahaha. thank you Tony for mentioning that ridiculous price. no idiot would buy their tripod. I mean, what the hell were they thinking? LOL

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