Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, has announced it will donate 100% of profits from all Travel Tripods sold during the company’s highly anticipated launch, April 7 through April 10, 2020.
Profits will include both sales of tripods through Peak Design and through retailers worldwide. Funds generated by the launch will be donated to the CDC Foundation to support their efforts on the front lines of the COVID-19 response and to Climate Neutral, an organization that helps businesses from all industries verifiably achieve carbon neutrality.
More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy to set up tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike, available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs ($599.95 / $349.95). Originally introduced to the Kickstarter community in May 2019, the Travel Tripod raised $12.1 million through 27,168 backers. Peak Design directly addressed their biggest gripe with traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk. Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles or triples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches — roughly the diameter of a water bottle.
The result is a tripod that deploys to 60 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors. They recently completed fulfillment to their Kickstarter community and are set to launch the Travel Tripod worldwide direct to consumers on April 7 at 12am PST. Units will be available for immediate shipping on Peak Design and from retail partners worldwide.
Peak Design incorporated feedback from media partners and the Kickstarter community to enhance the final design. Revisions include: a newly designed hex tool key with included leg clip holder; a padded, weatherproof carry bag with easier access; and an ultralight conversion kit to turn the Travel Tripod into an ultralight tabletop tripod.
In addition, Peak Design made the decision to utilize an aluminum center column for the carbon fiber tripod. Extensive testing carried out by their engineering team in consultation with David Berryrieser from The Center Column (the foremost expert in tripod stability and stiffness testing) revealed a significant improvement in the aluminum center column resisting lateral twist, less vertical slip, and a higher maximum load for the counterweight hook — all this for the addition of only 16 g, or 10 paper clips worth of additional weight.
Visit Peak Design's Travel Tripods page for more information, or head to CDC Foundation to follow their work towards the front-line COVID-19 response, or Climate Neutral to learn more about going carbon neutral for business.