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    Tripod Leg Padding

    Does anyone know the name of the company that sells tripod cushioning used to make carrying it more comfortable?

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    Mine is from Op/Tech USA.

    http://optechusa.com/

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    I have Tri-Pad covers on my Gitzo Carbon and have been happy with them:

    http://www.apogeephoto.com/laird_photo.htm

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    A cheap alternative when you are in a crunch is water pipe insulators sold at places like hardware stores, Home Depots, etc. There are very common here in Canada along with other insulating materials. Dark grey, about 2-3 feet in length each, and they have a slit along one side. The foam is a little coarser too than the proper covers I have seen.

    Not perfect, but for a buck or two each, they get the job done.
    joe
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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    I have always used pipe insulation on my tripod legs, they make in gray or tan here in the states, I have also used a product called water noodles, sold at walmart and other discount stores, they are a bit thicker and come in various neon colors, it look odd, but sure draws the comments with I set up!

    LOL

    Dave

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    I have used bicycle handlebar padded tape. I use double stick tape to make it adhere, and it absorbs the sweat from my hands. An added bonus is that it comes in various colors, I have red on my carbon fiber tripod and it makes it very visible.

    Mike

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    I also use hot water pipe insulation and duct tape; not pretty, but the price is right!

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    I use Grip Tape, available from www.grip-tek.com. It doesn't provide a great deal of padding, but the insulation is more that adequate for CF or aluminum legs, and it affords some leg protection. At seven years and counting on a couple of my CF tripods, it has proven quite durable. It's adhesive backed, so it's easy to install. Unlike many other coverings I've tried, it's also reasonably easy to remove.

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    A friend showed me his new (to him, aka used) tripod today that he bought with Manfrotto neorene wraps. I've never seen before, but they are really nice. Worth tracking down.
    Keith Pitman

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    Re: Tripod Leg Padding

    A sling may be the handiest carrying aid. It's a slight nuisance to keep it on the tripod, but still worthwhile.

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