Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/22

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Subject: [Leica] aluminium pods cold hands
From: "Kotsinadelis, Peter (Peter)" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 10:35:11 -0800

Alan, et al,

OpTech makes leg wraps for tripods.  They can be reached at +1 (800)

You can also find them at

Peter K

- -----Original Message-----
From: Tim Spragens []
Sent: Monday, February 22, 1999 10:10 AM
Subject: [Leica] Re: aluminium pods cold hands

Alan Ball wrote:
> I've had trouble on the coldest days this winter just handling my Gitzo
> tripod (would have been the same with a regular monopod). The hands
> would almost stick to it. Just wondered if you have ever tried carbon
> fibre based hardware and if that made a real difference in freezing
> weather ?

Try wrapping the outer tube of the telescoping leg. Some use foam 
tubes, though it is bulky. I've used a rubber and cork bicycle 
handlebar tape which insulates as well as pads. No more skin loss, 
and fewer dents in the tube. I'll give up my aging Tiltall when I can't 
carry it anymore.