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.