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(From company literature) Gitzo G1157 Mountaineer Sport Carbon 6X Tripod. The Carbon 6X G1157 tripod is an excellent choice for all digital SLR, 35mm, and lightweight camcorders. This tripod offers you a high maximum load for a very low weight. The G1157 is an ideal tripod for photographers on the move, and in situations where space is at a premium.

Gitzo's new generation of carbon fiber tripods (from Series 00 to 2) incorporates a revolutionary design process that reduces overall tripod weight up to 17%* without sacrificing strength or stability.

One-third thinner than the existing tube and composed of 6 X-crossed layers, this multilayer carbon tube is a new technology which allows the tripod to have the same unparalleled performance of the well known Gitzo 1.5mm tube while offering a 30% weight reduction.

Along with the Anti-Leg Rotation (ALR) system, this new range of carbon fiber tripods is another first from Gitzo. All mountaineer tripods in Series 1 and Series 2 are fitted with an anti-rotation grooved center column for increased stability. In addition, all carbon center columns are reinforced at the top for increased durability.

Unparalleled Strength
Gitzo carbon tubes use an exclusive process based on pull winding of long carbon fibers that are precisely wrapped and combined under high pressure and temperature with epoxy resin to a 1mm wall thickness. This manufacturing process ensures stiff, light tubes resistant to bending, have good tensile and compression strength, a high degree of stability in extreme temperatures, absorbs vibration and withstands fatigue better than other carbon fiber tube processes.

Cutting Edge
Carbon fiber Rapid center columns are now grooved to prevent rotation and increase stability. A stainless steel weight retractable hook is attached to the base of the center column, providing a convenient place to add extra stability in windy conditions.

Mountaneer 6X tripods are constructed using a "screw thread and adhesive" dual jointing technology pioneered by Gitzo. Called "H.I.S." (Hybrid Interconnecting System), thus construction technique provides greater strength and stability.

(*Although tubes are 30% lighter, actual weight savings vary by model based on castings, bushings etc.)


  • Finish: Gray & Black Enamel
  • Material: Carbon Fiber 6X
  • Column Type: Rapid
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Head Mount: 1/4-20 and 3/8" Reversible Stud
  • Maximum Operating Height: 148.1 cm / 58.3 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 126 cm / 49.6 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 33 cm / 13 in.
  • Folded Length: 60.7 cm / 23.9 in.
  • Maximum Load: 4.5 kg / 9.9 lbs
  • Weight: 1.04 kg / 2.3 lbs

Keywords: Gitzo Tripod Rapid


Registered: August 2006
Posts: 9
Gitzo G1157 Mountaineer Sport Carbon 6X review by sduford
Review Date: 8/1/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $450.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid, light, tall, great at reducing vibrations
Cons: expensive

This is a great travelling/hiking tripod. It is very light but very solid and easy to use in the field. There are no parts that can come loose and be lost.

The construction of the top of this tripod is really solid and allows you to use it without the center column if you use a Markins or Kirk base plate., This makes for a vey stable and vibration-free platform.


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