The Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod with Ball Head is the ideal solution for photographers and observers who are looking for a super-lightweight support that ensures maximum performance on the go. With a maximum payload weight of 8kg, it can be used with cameras, binoculars and spotting scopes alike.
The carbon fibre legs are developed to keep weight down to a minimum while ensuring best-in-class stability and rigidity.
The ergonomic design makes operating your Manfrotto Befree advanced carbon tripod intuitive and fast, enabling even the most demanding photographers to set their equipment up quickly and easily so their focus stays on catching the desired shot.
Featuring a new spider made of lightweight and solid magnesium, it helps to ensure perfect stability on all types of terrain, including the most uneven ones, always keeping your camera or optics completely steady and ready to capture or view stable and sharp images.
The M-lock twist lock makes this tripod a fast, easy to use, compact solution. Moreover, the M-Lock has no protruding parts and its mechanism closes perfectly around the head, enabling the Befree advanced carbon to slip into and out of its storage pocket effortlessly.
The ergonomic leg-angle selector is designed to be used by both right and left-handed users, enabling everyone to change shooting or viewing perspectives intuitively and to find the right tripod height without losing focus on the shot they want to achieve.
Your Manfrotto Befree advanced carbon can easily be set to three independent leg angle positions, guaranteeing full shooting versatility for all the creative ideas that can emerge outdoors.
The lightweight magnesium spider featured on this innovative model also has the Easy Link, just like Manfrotto’s professional 190 & 055 tripods, allowing photographers to enhance their creativity by adding accessories that make their images unique and unforgettable. If you like, adding lights or reflectors, you can now capture amazing outdoor shots that were previously only achievable with heavily accessorised tripods.
The tripod is kitted out with Manfrotto’s advanced 494 aluminium centre ball head (MH494-BH), a small but powerful and intuitive head that allows quick and precise camera movement. The 494 centre ball head features three independent controls: a main knob manages the sphere lock, an integrated friction control knob adjusts the ball tension so that equipment weight is always perfectly balanced, and shots framed effortlessly; an independent panoramic knob keeps the horizon flat and moves the camera horizontally, enabling astonishing landscape shots.
The head mounts a unique plate that makes it fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard head attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swiss style. With this aluminium plate fixed to the camera, all Manfrotto heads and almost all tripod heads on the market featuring Arca-swiss style attachments can be set up rapidly and effortlessly, with no need for disassembly components.
Your Befree advanced carbon is the “top choice” travel tripod for passionate photographers and sports optic users who want maximum lightness and unbeatable performance, even when they’re travelling.
When First Lite engineered their Outerwear Collection, they looked closely at every fabric technology in existence. Having the pick of the litter, from better-known outerwear technologies to more niche, lesser marketed performance fabrics. The truth in outerwear manufacturing is that the brand in question can generally use whichever fabric they choose. The costs vary as does the performance, but if a brand is willing to pay for the best, they can choose to incorporate it into their offerings. First Lite chose 37.5 because third party empirical testing as well as extensive field use their our own employees left them greatly impressed by the superior performance of the fabric. The bottom line is that 37.5 breathes at a rate that is anywhere from 50% to 300% better than any of its competition, while offering waterproof levels that were within a 5% tolerance of our competition.
First Lite's DNA is active, extremely vigorous mountain hunting. Based in the Rocky Mountains and literally testing products year round in some of the steepest, most demanding terrain in North America. Breathability becomes paramount when you're climbing significantly steep, rugged slopes with heavy packs in less than ideal weather conditions. If you sweat under your outerwear and the fabric doesn't allow that moisture to escape, you might as well expose your base layers to the elements and skip the outerwear all together. 37.5 technology does the absolute best job of transporting that moisture from your base layers to the outside of the First Lite garment so that you can remain safe and dry while exerting yourself in the most brutal of weather conditions. This is why First Lite selected 37.5 Technology over other fabrics and has enjoyed award-winning products ever since.
Comfort in clothing is greatly influenced by the temperature and humidity next to skin known as the microclimate. For the average person, the body strives to maintain an ideal core body temperature of 37.5° C. You are most comfortable when the microclimate next to your skin has a relative humidity close to 37.5%. When you are in this ideal 37.5 comfort zone, you are also in your ideal performance zone. 37.5 technology helps your body manage the moisture in your microclimate to keep you in this “37.5 zone” of comfort and performance.
Your body already has the ultimate thermo-regulating system. The perspiration vapor that comes off of skin during activity cools the body when working hard. In fact, each gram of evaporated sweat releases 580 calories of stored heat. Unless this water vapor can be removed from the microclimate, it builds up in clothing, footwear, or gloves and creates a clammy and uncomfortable microclimate. 37.5 technology works to enhance the body’s natural cooling mechanism—the body puts out sweat to cool it down, 37.5 technology removes it from the microclimate.
With 37.5 technology, patented active particles permanently embedded at the fiber level capture and release moisture vapor. Not only do these active particles provide 800% more surface area to the fiber, they also provide a unique driving force to remove moisture vapor unlike any other technology. By actively responding to body heat, the active particles use this energy from the body to accelerate the vapor movement and speed up the conversion of liquid to vapor, significantly increasing drying rates. This means the hotter the user gets, the stronger the driving force removing moisture becomes—and the more comfortable the garment remains.
37.5 technology works to keep the optimum relative humidity in your microclimate so your body more efficiently maintains an ideal core temperature, enabling you to perform better, longer. Fabrics made with 37.5 technology dry up to five times faster than similar fabrics, diminishing wet cling. 37.5 technology is made with naturally derived materials so there are no harsh chemicals to irritate your skin. 37.5 active particles are permanently embedded into yarn and will never wash out or degrade.