In December we posted the review of the 3 Legged Thing Punks Travis. A light weight tripod that was close to perfection. Nine months on and that tripod has become a full time member of the Jabber team, used almost daily and a regular on all Jabber adventures.
At the end of August we got news that the Punks Travis was about to be joined by a new carbon version and a few days later one of the first samples of this new tripod arrived, the Punks Billy.
A full test of this new tripod will follow shortly, but suffice to say, in all but leg material the new Punks Billy is identical to the Travis. The swap to Carbon saves around 220grams, that’s a pretty substantial saving taking the weight from 1.6KG to 1.38KG.
I’ve been out testing the new version and first impressions are as good as I’d hoped. The build quality is excellent with real carbon legs and anodised parts that make the 3LT tripods standout and ultimately desirable.
The colours and graphics may be loud, but the design of the Billy, as with the Travis is understated- especially when you consider the features the tripod packs.
Standing at full height it reaches 1.645cm, that’s a good workable height for most people. If you want to go low then you can quickly unbolt the Air Head and drop the legs to just 10cm.
A common feature for 3LT tripods is the detachable leg that doubles as a Monopod. This reaches a height of 1.71cm.
Let’s not forget that this is an every day tripod, so weight and packed height are incredibly important. Here the Punks tripods are longer than most with the folder length being 46cm. That’s just about short enough to pack in a backpack, but it is a tight squeeze.
That length is more suited to clipping onto the back of most camera backpacks, and that added length actually means that it sits more securely than many other compact tripods.
Again that loss of 220grams makes the weight of adding a tripod to your backpack a little less, which is definitely a bonus.
The Air Head remains identical, and with the legs it will support a maximum load of 18KG. That’s far more than most of us will ever need, especially when you want to travel light.
The tripod is in mid-test, so far impressions are good and whilst the design remains the same as the Travis, the new material and weight make a significant difference to its usability and portability.
Below are a few images from the test so far showing the Punks Travis and Billy together. Sweet ay!
Here’s a promotional video from the guys at 3 Legged Thing to get you started.