Platypod announced the new Platypod eXtreme tripod, a product that offers more stability and flexibility on uneven terrain than traditional tabletop or travel tripods.
Platypod’s flat tripod options are the invention of Larry Tiefenbrunn, CEO, photographer, inventor, and designer. He came up with this idea while hiking from Bryce Canyon to the base. According to Tiefenbrunn, he was frustrated by his existing tripod’s weight and bulkiness for steep ascents and decided to create a lighter, more compact, and durable option that could be easily slipped into a bag. This would also be superior to what he thought were flimsy and bendable mini tripods, which occupy the same space as a telephoto lens. He introduced his first Platypod at PhotoShop World 2015 and at the PhotoPlus Expo later.
The new Platypod eXtreme works similarly to other Platypod products. It has four independently adjustable legs, which the company claims allow for precise adjustment on uneven terrain. This is a great benefit for travel photographers who value light travel.
The eXtreme measures 5.75 inches by 5.25 inches and weighs 9.6 ounces. The Platypod eXtreme’s base is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and has a 3/8-inch main bolt made of titanium. According to the company, the eXtreme uses stainless steel rubber-tipped legs and screws with springs. It is capable of supporting camera/lens combinations up 22 pounds.
The eXtreme version has one major difference from the Ultra. It can now fold up its legs when it isn’t in use. The Platypod eXtreme has an integrated handle. It continues to offer multiple attachment points for compact lights, extension posts, or other accessories.
Below is a graphic that explains what the Max and eXtreme are.
The Platypod eXtreme includes a set accessories, including a 1/4 inch cross-nut adapter and a carabiner clips, a neoprene wallet, an inner pocket, four spikes, and a neoprene wallet.
The Platypod eXtreme will be available at three levels of backing: $119, $129 and $139. The highest level, which is available only on the first day the campaign, will include delivery as soon as possible and a multi accessory kit. The company plans to deliver the eXtreme to backers by May. After the crowdfunding campaign, it will retail at $149.