Before my trip to Thailand and South Korea this summer, I wanted to bring my tripod for photos and videos. I do own a trusty Manfrotto BeFree Travel tripod, which I love by the way. But that one isn’t exactly the most portable tripod in the world and also is very heavy.
After days of research, I found the smallest and lightest tripod you can buy in the world, the Sirui T-025X. This tripod consists of carbon fiber for the main material, resulting in just 1.7 pounds of weight! Not only is this tripod the lightest in the world, it’s also the shortest tripod in the world measuring at just 11.8 inches when folded.
Having a tripod less than a foot means it will fit in most backpacks. Whenever I carry it around, it adds just little bit less than 2 pounds. For days when I have to walk all day long, the weight savings and the ability to pack it in my backpack beats any other travel tripod out there.
The Sirui T-025X tripod extends to 52″ full using knobs that can quickly extend with half a turn. For a guy like me at 5′ 9″, this is actually the perfect height since that’s usually my shooting height. Also add a few inches for the Manfrotto LP128 Fluid Head I use with it. The tripod does come with a tiny fluid head that’s good for horizontal motion but I don’t recommend that unless you don’t need vertical motion and fluid motion of a Manfrotto. (My usual fluid head is Manfrotto MVH500AH but I got the LP128 since it’s a little bit smaller and lighter.)
Sirui T-025X also can be adjusted to three different angles for the legs, lots of room for many different angles.
As this tripod isn’t super stable due to its lightweight design, you may find it a bit wobbly for motion shots where you need to move the camera. But it is rated up to 8.8 pounds of equipment and I have put on my Canon 7D and Sigma 18-35mm lens on just find but you should be able to put bigger zoom lenses if needed fine.
For additional stability, the tripod comes with a little hook where you can hook up additional weight. I just put some water bottles in a plastic bag to get more stability when needed but I usually use my Canon 24mm F2.8 pancake lens, which is light enough to use without.
Overall, this is a fantastic tripod for those of you with a camera bigger than a smartphone or compact DSLR and you want to have stability of a tripod. I do also own Manfrotto monopod but I hate the fact that monopods don’t fit in my backpack and you always need a dedicated hand for it even when not using it. (But it is great for small spaces where you cannot put the legs of tripod down.)
I’ve actually tested this tripod for my last 4 or 5 videos on my YouTube channel, and the tripod has held up pretty good. If you need the lightest, most portable tripod in the world for travel, I would definitely go with this. Sirui also sells metal version of this tripod for $100 cheaper and it weighs just a tad more, shouldn’t be bad either.
Get the Sirui T-025X tripod here – Link
Get the Sirui T-005KX tripod here – Link (The cheaper metal version)