3L tripod conversion for V2
Mountain hunting typically provides for long range shooting and long range viewing. This reality enables the intelligent back country hunter to leverage the capabilities of quality optics. This starts with high quality binoculars This also includes spotting scopes with higher magnification.
Strategic use of optics can save great amounts of hiking and allow selective targeting of worthy hunting opportunities.
As important as optics are to the intelligent hunter, there is a price in weight. Weight trade offs are a constant issue for back country hunting. Another issue is optic stability. 10 power and larger binoculars are difficult to hold free hand steady for productive, comfortable long term viewing.
Further consider that when free hand viewing, everything you are viewing is moving. The objects you are searching for as well as the background are in a constant state of movement. Now putting that bino on a tripod, and the background STOPS! Once the background stops moving, everything else that is not part of the background stands out. Bottom line, putting binos on a tripod will allow you to significantly find more animals!
Problem is that typical tripod options are bulky and heavy, two of the biggest negatives for the back country trekker.
KDC understands the most important factors to the back country hunter, is weight and bulk. Our loyal customers will testify to the superior and liberating advantages of the V2 SnipePod. The lightness and functionally of the V2 SnipePod are light years ahead of the other bipods on the market. KDC applies this same razor sharp focus to the 3L-V2 Tripod conversion.
The 3L has two different panhead choices.
- The single ball panhead is adjustable for tension with a knurled thumbscrew. Loosen the thumbscrew and your optics pan horizontally, vertically and cant all at the same time. Simple yet effective. Total weight under 3 ounces.
- The RRS NanoHead takes your optic management to the next level. Horizontal axis movement is isolated from vertical axis. Vertical axis tension is controlled by tightening/loosing the driver handle. Horizontal axis tension is controlled by the red knob on the side of the NanoHead. Horizontal panning is on dual deep grove ball bearings for precise and smooth action. Total weight under 5 ounces.
Imagine shedding the typical bulky multi-pound tripod for a 3 or 5 ounce 3L-V2 Tripod conversion that fits into the palm or your hand. Now that is liberating! It does not matter if you are young or old, when if comes to the mountains, if you can pack lighter, you can travel further with greater comfort, no exceptions.
|3L-V2 Conversion Sequenced
The 3L-V2 Tripod conversion is designed to leverage your existing V2 SnipePod that you use for shooting. The 3L-V2 Tripod is simply one more leg, that quickly snaps into the top ball socket assembly and provides a 1/4" X 20 TPI optic stud for attaching optics and cameras.
|Tripod with triple string
and water bottle weight on 20° side hill
|Closeup of Triple-String clip installation
|3L-V2 combo shown with optional OBA
3L-V2 combo shown with optional OBA and KDC Rapid-Release Shoe
|Inventor Terry with Tripod V2 conversion on side hill
The 3L-V2 Tripod is intended for the class of optics that one would consider packable for back country usage. In other words, that wonderful 80mm spotting scope that is attached to your pickup trucks door window, is outside of the design intentions of the 3L-V2 Tripod. Because of weight and bulk, the vast majority of these spotting scopes never get more than a short distance from that pickup truck.
Each 3L-V2 Tripod conversion comes with a triple-string as show in accompanying photo. The triple-string has CNC machined clips with a slot to allow slipping over the bungee cord and then over the silver inside Easton tube ferrule. Once the leg is assembled, the bungee cord holds the clips in place. Install the clips on the second ferrule from the top of the leg. Spreading each of the three legs out just enough to introduce a slight bow to the legs will further enhance stability. The optional OBA is so you can compensate for optics that do not have their female 1/4 X 20 attachment point properly place at the balance point.
Like the V2 SnipePod, the 3L-V2 Tripod conversion has a ball socket on the top of the leg. This allows the third leg to be placed independently around ground obstacles or to adjust for inclines. Once the legs are positioned for maximum viewer comfort, attach a weight to the center of the triple string.
The 3L single ball pan head can also be removed and replaced with the RRS-NanoHead. Click the image below to checkout the NanoHead.