Attaching spikes to carbon fiber tripod?

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  1. wildbill

    wildbill Member

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    Why gitzo skipped the spiked feet feature i don't know. Maybe they figured with global warming they're wouldn't be any ice in northern Michigan for their tripods to slip on.

    $100 for the Markins add-on spikes for my Gitzo 1325 is outragous considering the price i paid for it. I've been using crutch tips slipped over the legs with 3/16 bolts as spikes but that's not 100% rigid. Has anyone drilled and tapped the feet and added their own spikes? Any other ideas?
    AFAIK gitzo doesn't sell add-on feet for the 1325.


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    I too wish my Gitzos had spiked feet. While the Markins ones might help on ice, I'd prefer bigger, surveyor style leg spikes. In fact I use a surveyor tripod when out in the muck. These are wide diameter spikes about 4 inches long. When you sink these in the turf, your tripod become very secure and well damped. (At one time I had a Zone VI tripod which had great spiked feet, but it was heavy as sin.) In any case, I've been contemplating clamping similar spikes to the bottom of my Gitzo. I may simply steal the spikes from my surveyor tripod, or perhaps I'll fashion something. I need to some up with a way that allows the spikes to easily and securely attach to the bottom of the tripod tubes. If anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Being a wood worker also, I work with what I know.

    1" inch dowel with a spike driven ( predrill ) in the end. Bore the other to accept the leg just barely. now slit the top with a back saw so it can be compressed around the leg with a small hose clamp. Do not over tighten as you might crush the tube.

    If they tend to slip off when pulling out of the ground, bore the hole a little larger and wrap the bottom of the leg with gaffer tape to provide some friction.
     
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    Spikes for tripods with rubber feet

    The thread seems to be old, but anyway. There is a way of modifying such tripods, you'll need brass plumbing fittings and microphone bushings. The result looks like this:
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    The process is quite simple, details are here:
    http://staswilf.com/blog/2013/06/10/modding-of-gitzo-1325/
     
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    It IS old but i would like to know the specifics of what you used.
     
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    Feel free to ask.
    There is some controversy about the bushings. The image on B&H website differs from the item itself. Suppose that their image is wrong.
     
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