gadg-et-oid [gaj-it-oid]


1. having the characteristics or form of a gadget;
resembling a mechanical contrivance or device.

Trek-Tech TrekPod, The Hiking Staff Tripod

Trek Technologies LLC was formed in 2004 after identifying a market need based on personal outdoor experience. Their idea? To create a sturdy, lightweight, convenient, multi-purpose device with the functionality of both a tripod and trekking pole or hiking staff.

The result is the TrekPod, a lightweight, height-adjustable walking/hiking staff, with a fully integrated tripod, and a quick-release, mount-demount system called MagMount.

The unique product design incorporates the benefits of multiple functions without sacrificing the ability to be utilised in rough terrain, easily carried for great distances, or quickly assembled with a variety of optical devices.

I’ve never been hiking and I don’t tend to take photography too seriously, but even I can see the benefits of taking along a tripod disguised as a necessary hiking accessory. There’s now no need to encumber yourself with the accessories required to get fantastic and crystal clear landscape shots on your hike.

Prices range from £5.99 for accessories up to a non-too-shabby £114.95 for the TrekPod Go with MagMount AR/I.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, Digital Photography.