How do you install and best use the spike feet accessory?
For a visual walkthrough (replete with our Art Director's 'lil quips and remarks), check out Law's video demonstration, or the instructional card included in the package.
Otherwise, read on!
When Do I Use Them?
Spike feet provide more traction when shooting on ice, gravel, loose dirt, smooth rock or any other loose terrain. Generally, they're great for any situation in which you can use the extra grip.
How Do I Install & Remove Them?
Attaching and de-attaching your spike feet will work the same way.
1. Turn the tripod upside down. At the bottom, you'll see that a hex head screw at the center connects the three rubber feet.
2. Before removing the feet, unclamp the legs and and extend them just a little bit and then make sure to clamp them again in a slightly extended position. (Reference the next picture to see what we're talking about). This prevents the legs from falling below the edge of the last cam and recessing into the other leg which can make them hard to get to after removing the feet.
(If the legs do fall below the edge of the last cam, turn the tripod right side up and try to shake the legs out with the cams unlocked)
3. Use your included hex wrench, unscrew that center head screw and remove the feet.
3. Align and attach all 3 spikes where the feet were using that same hex wrench. Tighten (no need to go crazy, just a solid finger-tightness until the screw goes all the way in, the spike feels secure, and doesn't jiggle), and you are good to go!
And you're done. Simple as that!
Fun Fact: You can still fit the Travel Tripod in its included protective sleeve without removing the spiked feet.