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MSRP: $179.99
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Summit SS-P Tripod is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
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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
Product Manual (PDF)Download
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 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 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 Good light weight tripod This isn't the five pound super steady tripod, this is a very lightweight but extremely capable tripod. I try not to extend this very far out, I use it with my Razor 20-48 angled spotting scope, and it holds the weight very well. I have a heavier tripod that I use for the range and in the truck, but this is the only one that I place in my pack.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small packable tripod I use this tripod for everything from my Chronograph to my Razor spotting scope, from full extended while glassing mountains to completely collapsed while sitting on the bench at the range. Its light and compact, great for packing in while hunting.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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I just purchased a Diamondback 20-60x60 scope/\.  Will this tripod be sturdy enough for this scope??

Asked by: Michael
The Summit SS-P will hold your spotting scope, however if you plan on using it standing I would recommend the Pro GT tripod.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-08-28

I have recently purchased the 2016 Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85MM Spotting Scope. Will this tripod support that scope? The scope says it weighs 4.1 lbs and this tripod says load capacity up to 5 lbs so I assume so but just wanted to ask others thoughts?

Asked by: Grizbanker
The Summit SS-P can hold your spotting scope, but I recommend a more stable tripod like our Pro GT tripod because it will be more stable, especially if you are standing.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-10-06

Is this compatible with the Vortex binocular tripod adaptor VT 400 or do I need to purchase a separate plate?

Asked by: Danimalrx
This tripod will come with a quick release plate that the Binocular Tripod Adapter will attach to.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-08-21

What is the little chrome piece on the white ribbon used for?

Asked by: RonS
It is a tool that can be used to tighten the screw on the quick release plate when mounting your optic to the plate.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-08-08

Can the pan head be removed to install a different style head?
Asked by: Brett
Yes, the pan head can be removed to put a different style head on the tripod.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-07-24

Does this item come with a screw on release plate to attach to my Diamondback spotting scope to or do I need to Purchase the summit quick release plate?
Asked by: Michael
The tripod comes with a quick release plate included.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-07-24

Does this only work with Vortex spotting scopes? I have a Leupold GR spotting scope but like the Vortex tripod.
Asked by: Tyler
The tripod will work with any spotting scope that has a 1/4 x 20 screw mount in the base.
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-06-15

I have a Razor 85mm spotting scope. My present Vortex tripod and head weigh in at a hefty 5 pounds. I would like to lighten the load without sacrificing a sturdy solid base for the scope. Will this tripod, or any others in your product line satisfy those requirements?
Asked by: Bob
The Summit SS is probably not going to be able to handle the weight of the Razor 85 mm spotting scope. We have a number of other options that would work great however. I would take a look at our Summit Carbon, Summit XLT, and the Pro GT. Any of those will fit what you are looking for. Here is a link to our tripod page: http://www.vortexoptics.com/category/tripod_kits
Answered by: Mike at Vortex Optics
Date published: 2017-06-15
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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: 2017-06-07
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: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good light weight tripod This isn't the five pound super steady tripod, this is a very lightweight but extremely capable tripod. I try not to extend this very far out, I use it with my Razor 20-48 angled spotting scope, and it holds the weight very well. I have a heavier tripod that I use for the range and in the truck, but this is the only one that I place in my pack.
Date published: 2017-06-07
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: 2017-06-07
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: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small packable tripod I use this tripod for everything from my Chronograph to my Razor spotting scope, from full extended while glassing mountains to completely collapsed while sitting on the bench at the range. Its light and compact, great for packing in while hunting.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tripod can handle tons of use I've taken this tripod on multiple 4-7 night backpack hunts. It's never let me down. It's smooth, and sturdy, but still extremely durable. It's not the lightest pack tripod on the market but for it's price it's unbeatable.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the backcountry Compact and sturdy. I can pick out so much more game with my vipers when mounted on this tripod. It it definitely worth packing in my bivy pack.
Date published: 2017-06-07
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