For those on the go who don’t want to carry a heavy tripod, the TrekPod Go! PRO may be just the answer. It’s a walking stick, monopod, and tripod all wrapped up in one unit.

It telescopes from 39–57.5″ in tripod mode (62.5″ in monopod mode) and breaks down to 23″, making it great for travel. When used as a monopod or hiking staff, the legs fold up and are held together by a Velcro strap, and the grip has foam wrapping for comfort. When you need the added support of the tripod legs, release the Velcro and the legs will extend.

The TrekPod Go! PRO is constructed from high-grade aircraft aluminum, which is both lightweight (it weighs less than 2 lbs) and strong. It includes a small ballhead with a MagMount magnetic attachment, making it suitable to support most midweight cameras and midrange lenses. I was a bit skeptical about the magnet attachment at first, but when I mounted the D300s with an 18–200mm lens and used the included clip to lock it into place, I was pleasantly surprised at how tightly it locked down.

The TrekPod Go! PRO breaks down into three separate pieces to fit into the included carrying case, and was easy to quickly assemble. Both lightweight and heavyweight 1/4″-20 threaded adapters are included. While the TrekPod Go! PRO isn’t suitable as a replacement for a sturdy tripod, it’s a convenient monopod with added support from the tripod legs.—Laurie Excell

Company: Trek Technologies LLC
Price: Pro: $229.99
Rating: 4

Hot: Lightweight; collapses to 23″ for transport
Not: Not suitable as a replacement for a sturdy tripod