Gitzo Enhanced Basalt Collection
The new Gitzo Basalt Collection, which comprises six tripods, three quick-release (QR) center ball heads, one monopod and boom, utilizes the fibers of basalt rock to produce high-performance, lightweight tubes which are 20% lighter than aluminum. Additionally, thanks to a revolutionary and radical new manufacturing process developed by Gitzo engineers, the basalt tubes of the new collection are up to 22% stronger than before, offering photographers a higher-performing support solution compared to the inferior carbon fiber offerings from the competition.
Beyond innovations in construction, Gitzo’s new Basalt Collection demands attention thanks to a stylish and sleek new color scheme inspired by basalt rock. The Basalt Collection is highlighted by an all-black construction - the natural color of basalt rock - and features accents of flame orange, which symbolize the fiber’s volcanic origin. The Basalt Collection’s three new center ball heads also utilize the new black and orange color scheme, creating a unique and streamlined appearance.
Gitzo’s new basalt fiber tubes are manufactured utilizing poltrusion, the same high-quality manufacturing process used to create its revered 6X carbon fiber tubes. In one single step, the raw basalt fibers are wet in a special resin and then pulled through a high temperature core which generates the tube; however, unlike carbon fiber, basalt only absorbs a small quantity of resin, reducing the tube’s density and performance. To combat this issue and to increase the performance of its new Basalt Collection, Gitzo developed a new technology called DRI, which boosts a higher quantity of resin into the basalt fibers thereby increasing the strength of the tubes by up to 22% over the previous collection.
Gitzo is also providing a wider variety of sizes and equipment within the Basalt range. Basalt tripods are available in Series 1, 2 and 3 in standard and compact height. The range also includes a new monopod and microphone boom, both in a convenient six section compact size. Basalt fiber tripods, monopods and boom come with the same features as Gitzo’s 6X carbon fiber range, including G-Lock, ALR, Ground Level Set, Power Disk, and self-locking feet.
The new Basalt Collection center ball heads are available in series 1, 2 and 3 and each incorporates a QR plate. The new Basalt Collection center ball heads boast Gitzo’s advanced PFTE treated Bubble Ball and Spring Assisted Double Lock (SADL) technology, which together offer exceptional locking power and ultra-smooth, precision movement. Furthermore, the new center ball heads feature three independent leveling bubbles, including one in the ball stem, which further ensures that each shot taken will be level.