What is the ultimate tripod case? After years of searching, my answer to that question is the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag.
Many companies make tripod cases or cases that fit tripods and some of them are of good quality but I found most of the designs to be too bulky, resulting in too much case for what I wanted to carry. Once Really Right Stuff began making tripod cases, my search was over. Well, mostly over as I'm always looking for something better but, in this case (pun intended), better is not needed.
The Really Right Stuff Tripod Bags are available in a range of sizes (I'll share these later in the review). I currently have four of them but chose the "Compact" model for the product images in this review as this case's shorter length works the best for web images.
The Really Right Stuff Tripod Bags have a very attractive, rugged design that features very-protective 0.50" thick closed-cell foam padded nylon construction. A pair of heavy-duty, easy-to-grab handles balance the carried weight with no pressure on the zippers. An adjustable wide shoulder strap makes that carry method easy and comfortable.
Dual heavy-duty zippers with bright (visibly obvious), large pulls allow the case to be opened from the top (quiver-style), the side, or fully opened for easy access. These zippers function very nicely though the zipper pull around the top of the case needs to be pulled outward during use to avoid it catching inside. A mesh pocket with zipper closure is provided on the inside of the round lid on the medium, large, and extra large cases (the compact and small cases lack this detail).
Folded tripod legs are triangular and the lower end of these cases having that same shape increases compactness. The bottom of the case has a loop that can be used for a variety of purposes including as a handle including when pulling the bag out of a location such as the back of an SUV.
On the back side of the tripod bags is an ID pocket covered by a significant hook-and-loop closure flap. A slim zippered pocket that varies in length with the size of the case is also provided.
The top of the case is semi-rigid with the RRS logo incorporated into the three-dimension design.
A heavy-duty loop is provided beside the zipper on the top of the case.
The following table lists the available sizes of the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag.
|Model||Ext Length||Int Dimensions (DxL)||Weight|
|Compact||21.0" (53.5 cm)||4.3 x 19.0" (11.0 x 47.0 cm)||13.2 oz (375 g)|
|Small||26.5" (67.0 cm)||4.3 x 25.0" (11.0 x 63.5 cm)||16.4 oz (465 g)|
|Medium||31.5" (80.0 cm)||4.7 x 28.0" (12.0 x 72.0 cm)||20.5 oz (580 g)|
|Large||35.0" (89.0 cm)||4.7 x 31.5" (12.0 x 80.0 cm)||23.3 oz (660 g)|
|Extra Large||38.5" (98.0 cm)||7.8 x 35.0" (20.0 x 89.0 cm)||32.1 oz (910 g)|
Here are some example combinations that I am using:
If you purchased the least expensive tripod you could find, this is probably not the right case for you (it may cost more than that tripod). If you invested in a quality tripod and/or you are counting on your tripod surviving whatever transport it is subjected to, you probably are interested in protecting it with a quality case and the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is a perfect choice for a huge range of purposes.
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