Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod
The Gitzo Series 5 Traveler GM5561T is Gitzo's top-of-the-line monopod, and that's saying something! Gitzo's products are considered by many (myself included) to set the standard by which all other similar manufacturers are measured. Considering that, you won’t easily find another monopod that can match it spec for spec.
Rated at a massive 55.1 pounds of camera stabilizing machismo, the GM5561T still only weighs a meager 1.65 pounds itself; seriously, it’s as if this pick is made of feathers. This monopod is truly a feat of modern engineering and you have to hold it to appreciate how something rated so highly can be so lightweight
Not only can the GM5561T expand to over 61 inches, it breaks down to a minuscule 16.3 inches. The Gitzo achieves this by using six leg sections instead of the more traditional four or five. Since each extra section allows the monopod to collapse down that much more, the GM5561T is able to get much shorter than its full expanded length belies. Not only do you get a monopod capable of stabilizing a stunning amount of weight, it also breaks down into something you can store in your carry-on bag.
All the other features you'd expect in a top shelf Gitzo support are here, like twisting G-Locks with over-sized calipers, removable feet, and Gitzo's patented 6-ply carbon fiber leg sections. You'll not find a monopod with a more compelling list of boxes checked, but, as you'd expect, it comes with significant cost. The Gitzo Series 5 traveler GM5561T is a monster of a monopod with a monster price tag to match, but if you can swing it, this selection will not disappoint.