Monopods have always been considered a lightweight, if somewhat less stable, alternative to tripods, especially handy for hikers. They’ve also always been a go-to for sports and wildlife photographers who relish the freedom these single-legged supports offer. What’s not to love? They’re lightweight, fuss-free, and can be set up in seconds. But times have changed. These days, the use of monopods extends far beyond just sports and wildlife photography; videographers and creators are also seeing the potential, finding them incredibly user-friendly. Now there’s the 3LT Lance, a next-generation monopod that strikes the balance between weight and robustness. Its carbon fibre build is excellent, and the addition of the DOCZ tri feet provides versatility for all shooting conditions. Honestly, there’s not much to criticise about this full-height monopod.
Oversized twist locks for all conditions
Optional DOCZ in the box
Quite weighty with the DOCZ attached
What is the 3 Legged Thing Lance?
The 3 Legged Thing Lance is a professional-grade monopod featuring carbon fibre leg sections, rubber grips, and oversized twist locks. It comes with four leg sections crafted from 3LT’s trademark carbon tubes. In the box, you’ll find the DOCZ tri feet, which can be swiftly attached; otherwise, it comes standard with a fitted rubber boot.
At the top sits a standard tripod head plate compatible with both 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threads, offering plenty of options for video or stills heads from 3LT or other manufacturers. Ingeniously, the top thread has a dual function: the outer 3/8-inch thread can be pushed down to reveal an inner 1/4-inch thread, enabling you to attach the monopod directly to the base of your camera for the utmost simplicity.
Material: Carbon fibre
Leg Sections: Four
Lock Type: Oversized twist locks
Feet: DOCZ tri feet included
Thread Sizes: 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch
Height Range: 61cm to 202cm
Load Capacity: 60kg
Build and Handling
OK, at first glance, the construction of a monopod may not seem complex, and the 3LT Lance is no exception. For this review, I started with the DOCZ feet attached, focusing on build, handling, and functionality with these included. Over the years, the DOCZ design has seen some fine-tuning. Its primary mechanisms—the push-button releases for the legs and the small ball head for tilt and rotation—have been honed to a level of precise functionality.
The moulding and machining quality make these buttons feel solid and exact. The small ball head, in particular, adds versatility, making this model well-suited for video applications. The anodised screw release stands out as the only coloured component in an otherwise all-black, logo-free design—a nice touch.
The Lance’s four-section carbon legs are smooth, untextured, and feature 3LT’s signature carbon tubes. This is distinct from the standard carbon weave commonly seen. Oversized twist locks secure each leg section, designed for robust and fail-proof usage even if the rubber wears out over time.
At the monopod’s top, 3LT opts for a rubber grip over foam, a practical choice for the UK’s wet winters. There’s also a neat wrist strap, and the baseplate at the top accommodates direct camera or head mounting.
It’s just a monopod, what more is there to know?” Well, plenty, actually. I’ve been genuinely impressed with the 3LT Lance, as well as the Alana model that I’m also testing. Sans the DOCZ, these monopods feel both lightweight and sturdy, something often lacking in ultra-light options from other brands. Even with the UK experiencing unusually fair weather lately, getting caught in the rain wasn’t a hiccup. The 3LT Lance seemed right at home in these conditions—clearly designed to offer steadfast support come rain or shine. What elevates it are the little things, with build quality topping the list. There’s something about a well-crafted piece of kit that hits differently.
Mounting the camera on top—without any additional head—was all easy enough. A gentle press, a quick twist, and the camera sits snugly in place. I’m usually not a fan of rubber grips, but this one feels distinctly premium, its matte finish providing excellent grip without the usual rubbery texture. Importantly, it doesn’t develop that off-putting slimy feel when wet.
When it comes to the oversized twist grips, a firm half-turn efficiently locks or releases them. When using the DOCZ feet, which have been attached throughout this test, you’ll need to fold them down before engaging the leg locks. A minor inconvenience perhaps, but honestly, no better alternative springs to mind, and the benefits of having those feet outweigh this minor drawback.
I might not be a sports or wildlife photographer, but my weekly shoots for Jabber and other outlets have seen the 3LT Lance, paired with the DOCZ, excel as a video support system.
An exceptional monopod from 3LT, the Lance refines many of the company’s previous design ideas and directions. Its style is well-suited for both keen enthusiasts and professionals, boasting a build quality designed to last for years. As a standalone monopod, its design is already exceptional. However, it truly excels when paired with the DOCZ feet, transforming into a powerful tool for video that provides sturdy support without compromising freedom. Currently, it stands as one of the best full-height monopods on the market. Priced at just a little over £150 with the DOCZ feet included, it offers outstanding value.