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MSRP: $179.99
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Summit SS-P Tripod is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 27.
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Summit SS-P Tripod

Our ultimate field-packing tripod, the Summit SS-P provides the perfect combination of size, weight, rugged build and fast operation. No other tripod gets out of your pack and on target quicker than a Summit. Choose the Summit SS-P (Super Short) for minimum packing length.

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Height6.3-54.5 inches
Maximum Load5 pounds
Leg Sections5
Multiple Leg Angles3
Folded Height14 inches
Folded Width4.5 inches
Weight2.0 pounds
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Included in the Box
  • Carry case
  • 3-Way pan head
  • Quick-release plate

Construction Features

3-Way Pan Head Provides smooth horizontal and vertical adjustments. Quick-release plate.
5 Leg Sections Allow for maximum height with minimum packing length.
3 Leg Angles Allow for flexible positioning. Also allows reduction of tripod height for greater stability.
Twist Leg Locks Valued for rapid adjustment of leg height and reduced bulk.
Anodized Aluminum Legs Provide sturdy support at a reasonable cost.
Balance Hook Holds extra weight on the bottom of the center column for greater stability in windy conditions.
Split Center Column Allows removal of the lower portion of the center column. When combined with widespread leg angles, the tripod height can be reduced to an absolute minimum.
Rubber Feet Provide solid footing on slick surfaces.
Height6.3-54.5 inches
Maximum Load5 pounds
Leg Sections5
Multiple Leg Angles3
Folded Height14 inches
Folded Width4.5 inches
Weight2.0 pounds
Product Manual (PDF)Download
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very light weight and small which is the good and the bad. I bought this to lighten up my load with my 20-60x80 HD Viper. Which it is very light tripod at 2 pounds makes it nice to pack...makes it worthless in a medium to heavy wind. I know with everything there is a give and take this was designed to be small and light and it does that very well. I should have thought the small part through as I have a straight eye piece Viper and angled piece would work much better with this tripod. as I am over 6 foot tall (75 inches) maximum height of this tripod is 54.5 I have to squat or set it up in a sitting position. For what it is the build quality is great, I just wished I would have went with a bigger heavier tripod.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light, functions well, but has drawbacks The tripod is super light, the head moves smoothly with a ton of adjustment and works in all conditions I had it in. My issues is with the twist lock legs. The twist locks made it difficult to get the legs to extend evenly, and it always seemed like one side never wanted to lock. I cant count how many times I went to put my binos or spotting scope of and one of the legs would collapse. I found myself not using the tripod as much because of this. set up and tear down was not as easy as a flip lock. If you need to save some weight this is the tripod for you. If you can spare an extra half pound then I would go with a flip lock for the ease of set up and tear down. You will never have to wonder if the legs are locked
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent tripod Used the tripod several times. It's decent for the price. Holds up well in a heavy wind, 25-40 constant wind held steady with a hand on the scope. Only complaint is the quick detach has way to much slop in it. Had to add several layers of electrical tape to mitigate it. Helped a little but still way to sloppy in my opinion. Quick detach loves to come loose so make sure to throw some loktite on it or it will come loose very quickly.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great, light small tripod. I recently upgraded from a camera tripod to the summit ssp and couldn't be more happy. This tripod has so many features, is super light and tiny yet provides a great platform and expands to allow you to spot standing up. Keep in mind that since it is so small and light, it is not as stable as the 1000 dollar tripods but it isnt as heavy or expensive as they are either. The head is very smoth. With a little loosening of the handle you can pan very smoothly without tilting up or down even with the Viper 80mm or razor 85. Although when you tighten the head these larger spotting scopes due to their weight end up tilting up a bit. With a little practice it is easy to get your target locked in the center of your field of view. I am sure with the smaller spotters this is less of a problem. The head also cants to the side if needed. The center shaft has a bottom hook to attach your hunting pack to making it much more solid. Th shaft also unscrews so that you can angle the legs almost 90 degrees out for a low profile set up for shooting from the bench or prone. What a great product. I have an angled scope and I am 6' tall. With this tripod fully extended I can stand up and spot. It is much more shaky fully extended but still works for me. If you want a rock solid tripod for standing up, check out their other options. If you want a great all around tripod that will fit in your pack easily, this is the one. If you sit while gassing a hillside, this spotter is pretty solid. I used mine this evening from a chair with only the first 2 sections of legs extended and the center shaft all the way down and it handled the big 85mm like a champ. My only recommendation to Vortex is to make the tripod head big enough to accept the foot of the Razor or Viper without an adapter plate. The plate has a tiny bit of play and is something that can fall off and be lost. Thanks again Vortex for a great tripod.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact Great compact and light weight for the backpack. Small spotter and binos work great. I really wish they could make universal quick release plates for all tripods. I also carry a pro gt in the truck or quad and it becomes pretty inconvenient having to change over the plates when hitting the trail.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value for money tripod in exsistance! To give a bit of a background, I'm a professional wildlife film maker and have used all types of tripods in the field, some worth up to ,000. I could not believe the quality of this tripod when i received it. Everything has been thought out so carefully... and the fact that a tripod of this blue has the amazing Vortex warranty blows my mind. This is why i felt compelled to write a review. Legs extend and lock with utmost ease usually seen in only high-end sticks. The head is surprisingly smooth. The constructions is fantastic and feels like quality. The legs are extremely versatile and can even be placed flat open on the ground. It has a really solid weight hook this ting lightweight tripod in winds and uneven ground. As always, very impressed with Vortex and now you have won a life long customer. Thank you Devon Massyn www.devonmassyn.com
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tripod! I use this for high country hunts, backpacking and horse packing both. I pack light and try to find gear that is light and compact. The Summit SS-P is an awesome product. It's light, compact, quick to set up and very stable for being in the light weight category. The quick release plates are handy it's easy to sit down and be glassing in short order.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and sleek This tripod is awesome and i love how lightweight and small it is makes a great backpacking tripod. Extends to the perfect height for me when using my spotting scope. I use it with my Razor HD 26-65x85 which is a little big for it when there is wind but the hook on the bottom helps to stabilize it. Typical Vortex = great quality
Date published: 2018-03-02
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Will this tripod support the Viper HD 20-60X85? Will it have any limitations? 

Asked by: wac11
Thanks for the question! While it should work, it wouldn't by my first choice. The Viper HD with the 85 mm is approaching the weight limit of the Summit. I would recommend going with the Pro-GT tripod. It is going to be more stable and handle the weight of your spotter.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-11-30

I have a swaroski sts scope .....is this compatible?

Asked by: sheephunter
Yes, it is compatible!
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-10-26

I purchased a summit tripod before the pan/tilt heads were being offered with them. Are just the heads available for purchase? I have searched online, but haven't had much luck. Thanks

Asked by: Matthew
Thanks for the question! Unfortunately we don't offer the heads separately for purchase at this time.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-10-25

I just received my Summit Tripod..... what is the hanging little steel tool on white ribbon for? 

Asked by: Chuck
Thanks for the question! That is tool used for tightening the quick release plate on to the tripod.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-10-11

Can I swap to a different head if needed?

Asked by: Dor4648
Thanks for the question! Yes, as long as it fits the 1/4 20 thread pitch it will work.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-09-14

I have diamondback 10x42 Bino. Do I need to buy separate part for attachment to SS-P? 

Asked by: JJattack
You will need this adapter to fit the binoculars to your tripod: http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-binocular-tripod-adapter
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-08-13

Will this work well with the next viper 20x60x85

Asked by: Frannybart
Yes, this tripod will work with our Viper Spotting Scopes.
Answered by: Graham at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-07-11

If I buy the tripod do I need to buy and attachment to connect the crossfire 12x52 

Asked by: Twill166
You will need to get the Uni-daptor to attach your Crossfire 12x50 to the tripod.
Answered by: Josh at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2018-07-03
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