BOG Great Divide Tripod
Illustration courtesy of BOG™
Over the past twenty-five years, we have probably purchased more tripods than most. We were always in search of the one unit that would function as a shooting rest in the field as well as a stable platform for our spotting scopes or cameras. We finally found one that met our requirement.
The Great Divide by BOG (formerly BOG-POD, a BTI Company) does it all and then some. First off, the legs are constructed of high-strength carbon fiber. The entire tripod weighs only 3.5 pounds. That translates into one of the toughest and most useful tripods on the market. You adjust the length of the legs by disengaging the cam locks. When the legs are extended to the desired length, the cam locks are re-engaged. There is a 3mm hex screw on the back side of each cam lock to adjust the tension so that the legs do not slip when extended. Can't have the legs suddenly change height when you're about to shoot a gun or a picture. The leg angle adjustment is accomplished with the red leg angle pin. There are three preset angles: 20o = standing position, 45o = sitting position, and 85o = custom angle between 0o & 85o.
center post may be adjusted, as required, based on the leg angle
adjustment and desired height of the fluid
head. What the
company calls “fluid” is about how it moves. Not
that there is
fluid inside for balance. The
fluid head is compatible with Arca-Swiss
Arca-Swiss Quick Release System was introduced into
field of photography in the 1990s for ease of use and
stability. Unfortunately, a lot of outdoor
manufacturers have chosen to use “their own accessory plates
are not compatible with all tripods. To remedy this
potential problem, BOG included an Arca-Swiss Quick Release accessory
plate which is compatible with virtually all spotting
scopes/cameras/binoculars. They accomplished this by
having a 1/4” primary lug screw with a removable threaded
with a 3/8” diameter.
The MSRP is $205.99, but is available online for as little as $150 which is a bargain.
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