3 Legged Thing X1.1 Brian Evolution 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod System with AirHed 1 Ball Head, 78.7" Maximum Height, 17.60lbs Load Capacity, Black

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About 3 Legged Thing X1.1

The 3 Legged Thing X1.1 Brian Evolution 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod System with AirHed 1 Ball Head is a stylish compact travel tripod that features a removable leg, leg-spreading and a reversible center column that allows for low angle or macro shooting down to 4.7". The removable leg when topped with the included 4" column extension and the tripod's mounting plate, becomes a 51.5" monopod for gun-and-run scenarios.

The X1.1 Brian's legs are constructed from 8-core carbon fiber while the center column is made from 10-core carbon fiber, substantially reducing the weight to only 2.9 lb, while providing the stability of heavier tripods and supporting cameras up to 17.6 lb. It folds down to just 16.5" for easy packing and comes with a soft case and strap for storage and transport.

The 3 Legged Thing AirHed 1 Magnesium Alloy Ball Head (Black) is a stylish head for a DSLR or film camera that encourages precise adjustments and fast setup changes. Composed of an aircraft-grade T6061 magnesium alloy, the sturdy head supports loads up to 17.6 lb, so it's suitable for all cameras and most lenses.

The AH1 head features a robust knurled knob that operates the Arca-style quick-release clamp. Additional knurled knobs manipulate the ball head's pan lock and ball/tilt lock. The pan-lock knob features an inset tension control that affects the play of the ball's movement.

The included quick-release plate, also magnesium, is compatible with BlackRapid's R-Strap camera slings, by way of its FastenR-T1 camera screw. The 1/4"-20 camera screw's flip-up D-ring allows you to tighten it to your camera easily. This ring allows you to attach your camera to an R-Strap and quickly move it from around your neck or shoulder to the AirHed 1 without removing the sling.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (11),Folds away (10),Lightweight (10),Unfolds quickly (7)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (12),Night shots (11),Travel (11),Wildlife (6),Home (5),Portraits (5),Sports/action (5),Weddings (5),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11)

3 Legged Thing X1.1 Features

  • Unique Center Column: The unique triple-section ten-core carbon fiber center column provide extra strength allowing the tripod to support cameras up to 17.6lbs
  • Tri-mono Mode: Extending the center column with the legs retracted & spread to 55deg.is known as Tri-mono mode. This is a much better alternative to putting expensive gear like long lenses on the ground & keeps them at the ready while shooting with other camera/lens in situations like sports events
  • Inverted Column: With the column inverted and the legs fully extended, the user is able to lower the camera to the floor for macro photography. With an optional adapter, you can mount a laptop or iPad at the collar of the tripod to monitor your images while shooting tethered
  • Extra Stability: You can completely remove the column and mount the head or even your camera directly to the tripod collar topped with the camera platform, providing the rigidity required for longer exposures. With the legs fully spread you can shoot as low as 4.7"
  • Compact Package: The design of the Brian is such that the tripod, when folded, will easily fit into most hand luggage. The D rings on the bag allow for the bag to be connected to another bag or cart for easy transport
  • Airhed 1: Double bubble on the rear of the quick-release assembly for precise leveling
  • Airhed 1: 90deg. slot for portrait orientation

3 Legged Thing X1.1 Specifications

Tripod: Material
Carbon fiber
Tripod: Head Attachment Fitting
Reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screw
Tripod: Leg Tube Diameters
26 / 23 / 20 / 17 / 14 mm
Tripod: Leg Stages/Sections
Tripod: Leg Lock Type
Evo 2 Double-Break Friction Dial (twist lock)
Tripod: Independent Leg Spread
3 Positions each: 23deg., 55deg., 80deg.
Tripod: Spiked/Retractable Feet
Removable rubber feet, optional spikes
Tripod: Center Brace
Tripod: Center Column Type
Tripod: Center Column Sections
One 20 mm diameter section
AirHed 1: Ball Sphere Diameter
1.71" (43.5mm)
AirHed 1: Quick Release
Arca-style, with plate included
AirHed 1: Spirit Level
Yes, 2
AirHed 1: Tension Control
AirHed 1: Separate Panning Lock
AirHed 1: Height
3.90" (10.00cm)
AirHed 1: Diameter
2.20" (5.50cm)
AirHed 1: Load Capacity
17.60lbs (8.00kg)
Tripod: Load Capacity
17.60lbs (8.00kg)
Tripod: Maximum Height
Tripod with column extended: 78.70" (1998.98mm)
Tripod with column removed: 50.00" (1270mm)
Tripod with column retracted: 53.00" (1346.20m)
Monopod: 51.60" (1310.64m)
Tripod: Minimum Height
Tripod: 4.7" (120 mm)
Monopod: 14.84" (37.7cm)
Tripod: Folded Length
16.5" (42.00cm)
Tripod: 2.90lbs (1.31kg)
Monopod: 0.61lbs (0.27kg)
AirHed 1: 0.88lbs (0.39kg)
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3 Legged Thing X1.1 Reviews

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(based on 15 reviews)


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Reviewed by 15 customers


3LT Brian


from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Sturdy, light-weight travel tripod with sturdy carry case. Highly adaptable, AirHed 1 ball head is excellent and well configured, but I would suggest an L-Plate for use with heavier body/lens combos it's hard to fully tighten the ball head clamp when the camera is at an angle. I was seeing very small amounts of creep on portrait star shots over 30 second exposures. An L-plate would eliminate this.


It does exactly what it is advertised to


from Minneapolis, MN  -  Photo Enthusiast

and no more. I bought this tripod to take on a photo workshop. It is, as they claim, light, strong, and portable. It is not suitable for large telephoto lenses (300mm f2.8 and up), even with a weight hanging off the hook. It is ideal for travel where you will only be using shorter lenses with a DSLR or for lighter cameras. It seems to be well-made; the locks work well; taking it apart and adding the necessary pieces to use the monopod would be more than a bit fiddly; but for a travel tripod the extra height over competing models is nice.


Lightweight, Sturdy and Fun!


from Redding, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

Brian is my favorite guy, he's that good! Strong and light, with flexible and useful configurations. A lot of cool features and easy to use. Comes with a very nice padded case. The blue and copper metallic touches have a rich glow, not screamingly bright. Very pleased with this purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Miami, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

This tripod is by far the best I have ever had. In fact I have just sold two older tripods. It comes with its own ball head, though you could substitute a ball head you already own. The folded size is perfect for packing or carrying on an airplane. The versatility of this tripod allows it to be used for macro work, taking vertical images, and use for holding flash units. Of particular value to me is the ability to easily convert the tripod into a monopod. The height of the tripod can be extended to over six feet and it is still quite sturdy. Before buying you may want to watch the numerous youtube videos produced by 3 legged thing as they explain why their design is better than most. They are also amusing to watch. My only fault is that the company should include better instructions or at least have them available on line.


Nice top of the line value


from Salinas CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Feels good. Looks good Works Good Priced well light weight Folds small. PERFECT


best carbon fiber tripod for the $,


from Manila  -  Pro Photographer

having owned 2 other high end Italian tripods, I quickly changed my mind after trying this unit. Love the extra height for those over the crowd small space shots..elegant yet extreme functional design, strong, sturdy and quick for set up and shoot. Got rid of my other carbon fiber monopod, get both for the price of one, No wonder they won the design award for this year.. will be looking for other great innovation from them.


Excellent product for the money


from Seattle , WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very good quality. Leg adjustments are quick and easy to use. I 'm a tall guy and appreciate the extra height extension built into the design. Should be a great tripod for years to come.


Quick tripod


from Uniontown ,pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The adjustments are so quick on this tripod.


Perfect For Me


from Las Vegas, NV  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm 65 and can't spend all day lugging around a full-sized camera and tripod. I bought an ILC (Fuji X-E1)and wanted a lightweight tripod that was easily portable and stable enough for my camera. So far the Brian seems to be the perfect fit for my situation.


Hard to buy a tripod without seeing it


from Atlanta, GA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this tripod on the basis that it folded up to a short length and was fairly light weight. I had hoped that it would fit easily in one of my backpacks. However, it has a large folded diameter due the design of the legs folding back on to the center column. As a result, it would not fit into either of my backpacks without taking up a lot of space. Also, it was not as stable as my other carbon fiber travel tripod. The ball head was just OK. I would recommend ordering the tripod without the ball head.


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