Gitzo's Mountaineer tripods offer uncompromised support for photographers who want a center column. All Mountaineer models now have Gitzo's 'Carbon eXact' technology, which is the upgrade of their Carbon 6x tubes. These are stiffer and stronger, delivering a higher load rating without compromising on the weight or size of the tripod. It also has the next generation G-Lock Ultra joints that feature fatter grips for easier locking and unlocking of the joints. Thanks to various improvements, this tripod can handle a load of up to 21kg and can reach up to 178cm with the column up, while folding down to a travel-friendly 59cm in length.
There are four key differences that set the two ranges apart -
Carbon Exact Tubes
The first and most crucial change is Gitzo's new carbon fiber technology called Carbon Exact, first introduced in the Mountaineer and then the Traveler ranges. Carbon Exact tubes are stronger, stiffer and better at absorbing vibration, despite being slightly thinner. The result is thicker lower legs and that makes a crucial difference to how solid the tripod is. In the previous model, the tube diameters of a 3-series were 20, 24, 28 and 32mm, in the new version they are 22, 25, 29 and 33mm.
G-Lock Ultra Joints
These new joints are fatter, which means they're easier to grip and twist. They feature an o-ring to keep out dirt and dust, require less maintenance and most importantly, they lock the legs together more firmly than the older joints. So much so that rigidity and vibration dampening test results are the same for 3- and 4-section versions of the same model. This is another feature that goes a long way to make the final product as solid as possible.
Self-Returning Leg Angle Locks
This simple, but nifty feature has finally been added to Gitzo tripods. When closing a leg that has been flipped open, the angle selector lock will close by itself, sparing you a few seconds when packing away your gear.