A real workhorse in the world of tripods, the 055XB legs from Manfrotto give you solid performance at a great price. Every important feature you need can be found on this tripod leg, from the ground-hugging 2.8 inch minimum height to the extra tall 70 inch maximum height and all the user-friendly conveniences in between. This Manfrotto leg is covered by a 2-year limited warranty, plus an additional 3 years when you register online.
||Provide sturdy support.
|Lever Leg Locks
||Flip up and down for height adjustments.
||Cushion shoulders when carrying and protect hands from cold.
|Multiple Leg Angles
||Allow stable positioning on uneven ground.
|Reversible Center Column
||Allows for use near the ground.
|Low Angle Adapter
||Can replace center column to reduce weight and allows use near the ground.
Bill from Aldie,VA
The legs are good.Probably not as good as the Carbon Fiber ones, but a lot more affordable.It gets to be a little heavy carrying the spotting scope attached to the legs. Ok if you're carrying it just for a short distance.
Big Solid Tripod
Josh from US
This tripod is a bit of a pain to carry around, but it's worth it, considering the superior stability they offer. The only time I've experienced shaking while using these legs was when I lowered the legs down so my brother (5'10" maybe)could look through my scope and then raised the center column to my height (6'10") in heavy wind. I also appreciate how easy they are to use, with the quick lock, grips, and multiple hooks. As far as transportation, I was able to rig my backpack so that I could hang it from one of the legs with three carabiners. Anyway, I'm sure you can find a way. Just be creative. Or buy a tripod carrier. Whichever you prefer.
Eric from Alexandria VA
At Mike's recommendation at Eagle Optics, we bought these to support the Vortex 85mm scope. Before they arrived, I used my lightweight camera tripod - almost unusable, especially with any wind. The Manfrotto legs are very stable, easily adjusted, and I like the little bells and whistles - a hook to hang weight, pads on two legs, etc. They are on the heavy side (but we bird mostly by car or bike). I'll need to find a good duffle bag with a shoulder strap, as they are too long to fit into a normal backpack, especially with head attached.
A Big, Solid Tripod
Mark from PA
This is a big, solid, reliable, and extremely well-made tripod. The leg locks are the best I've seen: smooth and secure. It should be tall enough for anyone, even using a straight spotting scope. I'm 5'9" and with an angled scope I don't extend the center post at all, and don't even fully extend the legs. It is BIG. With a head on it, it is also LONG, but (for me at least) not too heavy to carry around. Of course, it is no trekking/backpacking tripod--far from it--but for the price it can't be beat as a solid platform for a scope.
Strong & Ergonomic tripod
Erik Bruhnke from Wisconsin
The 055 XB tripod legs are simply fantastic. It is tough and sturdy, and the quick-locking leg locks work like a charm for standing the tripod up quickly. The soft leg grips are excellent for cold-weather and for resting on a shoulder while the tripod is being carried. Really recommend if you're looking for a well-crafted tripod that can hold a full-sized scope and still maintain stability.