Basalt fiber tube fabrication capabilities were developed for the space program due to the material's lightweight strength and heat/humidity resistant properties. Gitzo utilized these while creating a new way of producing tripods.
Basalt, a black lightweight rock, is pulverized, then melted at extreme temperatures (2732oF) and drawn into long thin fibers.
The fiber is then combined with other natural materials and drawn through a shaping die to create multi-layer tubes of exceptional performance. The result is a non-rotating tube that meets the demands of today's professional photographers.
The Explorer incorporates many innovative ideas in tripod design; individually locking legs that can be fixed at any angle from 0° to 90° and a column that will tilt from the vertical, right over beyond the horizontal and lock solidly at any angle. A swivel at the lock on the column lets you position the angled column over a leg for stability, or between the spread legs to shoot straight down onto the floor. As the name suggests the Explorer is aimed at photographers working in the field, it is quick to use, rugged in construction and innovative in design. Whatever the type of photography you do, the Explorer will help you to discover new ways of using a tripod, it will hold your camera steady in places you might never have thought of and let you capture pictures previously beyond your horizons.
The Explorer has been designed to work best with the Gitzo G1275M and G1276M (quick release) "off centre" ball heads, which further add to the ease of handling of this tripod. With either of these heads fitted the folded length of the tripod is: 75 cm (29 inches) three sections aluminum. Brought across from the Classic Gitzo range are spiked feet with push on rubber knobs for the aluminum version and the handy weight hook on the bottom of the column.
Whether you are photographing flowers in your garden, wildlife in the middle of nowhere, your favourite football team winning the league or a conflict somewhere in the world, the Explorer should be there with you, making sure that you get the shot.
Reviewed by 1 customers
I do a great deal of macro work and this tripod is as good as it gets for it. It is also a great tripod when you find yourself in an unusual position, Like on top of a wall that you can only place two of the legs and have to position the other one straight out to rest on a near by light post or tree. This tripod is very light, very strong and very maneuverable. On the down side the threads on both the feet and the column hook could be done better I lost one of the feet and the hook after I had owned it for about two days while walking through the woods. On a positive note Gitzo sent me both these parts free of charge I didn't even pay the shipping, a good reason for me to give them my business. Aside from the minor problems I have had with the threads I think they could stand to make some minor improvements with the aluminum parts but for versatility, strength, ease of use and maneuverability there is no better tripod. Don't be fooled by Gitzo's competitors that state"Better then Gitzo" I bought there answer to the Explorer tripod and it doesn't compare. Their tripod is twice as bulky, literally and is much much more cheaply made. It took me pulling the legs out about three times before the foot on there tripod pulled out and the only way to fix it was to super glue it back in. They will also try to pull you in with all there little extra features that they seem to have but in all truth Gitzo accomplishes the same in a smaller, lighter, stronger and more simple design. When it comes down to it yes there is room for improvement but it's still the best currently available and while the price may seem to be a significant amount more it's cheaper to buy the one you need and be happy with it then it is to buy something you will be disappointed in and then have to buy the one you needed in the first place. This is a tripod that holds true to the phrase you get what you pay for.