Primos G2 Trigger Stick Tri Pod Shooting Sticks
Description Lacks Dimensions
Height given in "Item Description": 24"-62"
Actual minimum height with legs folded together: 41"
Item described as being "lightweight" with no actual weight given.
Actual weight of item: 46 oz.
I purchased this tripod to hopefully use both for a glassing tripod and a shooting stick. This would have allowed me to only carry one item rather than the two I am accustomed to carrying to fulfill both of these roles.
This tripod is a high-quality item and worth the money, but there are a number of things missing from the item description both on this website #which is just publishing what Primos gives them# as well as on the Primos website that would have been very helpful when I was researching this item for purchase. If I had known the products actual dimensions prior to purchasing this item, I don't think I would have purchased it.
Whether intentionally or unintentionally, the description of the height of this item is very deceptive as it lists the height range as 24"-62." The minimum height of this item was aparently determined by fully flexing the legs of the tripod all the way out into their lowest position and then measuring its height. I was quite disappointed to find that the minimum folded height of this tripod is actually just over 41". I was very excited to find a tripod that had such a broad range of height adjustments, but I was then quite disappointed to find that the minimum height given was quite deceiving.
When I go to an area to glass, I strap my tripod to my pack so I can have my hands free while I am climbing. I was looking forward to having a tripod that supposedly collapsed to 24" as I can easily strap a tripod of this length to my pack. When I determined that this tripod does not even come close to the 24" minimum when folded, I was quite perterbed as I felt deceived by Primos, a company I have used for many years without any issues.
On the positive side, the quality of this tripod is exceptional: 1. The trigger mechanism works smoothly and is much nicer than having to undo clamps to shorten or lengthen the legs #a huge benefit when seconds count#. 2. The tripod goes up to a very good heigh for someone taller like myself for both glassing and shooting applications. 3. When it is fully extended, it is still very stable #I have a 64 oz spotting scope that I mounted to the top of the tripod in its fully extended position, and it supported the tripod well without seeming like it was going to topple#. 4. The trigger mechanism can be locked to avoid inadvertant deployment of the legs. 5. The legs have a very wide range of flexion out to the side which allows me to sit on a small chair comfortably inside the tripod when I am glassing, and this wide range of flexion also allows the tripod to go very low to the ground to be used in a seated position and provide a very solid rest for younger shooters. 6. The head swivels around, which is helpful when shooting, but will pose problems when glassing as I like to lock the spotting scope in on an animal once I have located it so I don't have to continue to relocate the animal if the scope gets slightly bumped #some sort of locking mechanism would be helpful to keep the head from turning while glassing#.
Overall, I am satisfied with the purchase. I feel that buyers should have been better informed by Primos as to the actual dimensions of this item, and that really is my only beef with this item. I have used the older version of the trigger stick for several years and have had no trouble with it and the rapidity with which the height can be adjusted is very useful in field situations. Next time Primos should give a more thorough description of their items' dimensions, and it will probably reduce the amount of annoyance incurred by their customers.
June 19, 2013
Just got back from Africa where most all hunting is on the sticks. These Shockley sticks failed on the 3rd day of a 10 day hunt. A BIG disappointment when you travel all that way.
June 3, 2014
Used my G2 Trigger Stick Tri Pod during this years deer hunt. Worked well and is very steady when supporting my rifle. Kind of expensive, but I am satisfied with its performance.
December 17, 2014
Great Steady Rest
I bought this as a practice tool for an African plains game hunt. This is a great tool to carry around and use as a rest as it is light and the legs deploy well. As I did not want to pack this one on the plane, I used the PH's tripod, it was a bit different , but I adapted well. A tool like this is needed for long shots on expensive game!
May 20, 2014