GEAR REVIEW: Vortex Carbon Summit II

By Johnny Mack

Looking for a new lightweight carbon tripod? The new Vortex Carbon Summit II might just be the one for you!

The Carbon Summit II is the new updated version of Vortex’s older and discontinued Carbon Summit. The newer Carbon Summit II is lighter and more compact than the original version by dropping over 1 lb. from total weight and is a great addition to the backcountry hunter.

Discontinued Carbon Summit (Left) vs New Carbon Summit II (Right)


  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Very Packable
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Replaceable Head
  • Vortex VIP warranty – This is important to note and something that is typically not available for tripods.


  • The head is not fluid and is rough in movement

The biggest and only real issue that I have with the tripod is the head is not very smooth or fluid. Trying to track a moving animal or digiscoping with a spotter can be a real pain. Good news is, it doesn’t take much effort to replace the head and a simple 3/8″ to 1/4″ thread adapter is all you will need if the size is not correct.

You can use a 3/8″ to 1/4″ adapter to mount other heads.


  • $399.99 at most retailers ($549 MSRP)
  • 2 Way Pan Head
  • ARCA-Swiss Head mount
  • Weight – 2.5 lbs
  • Folded Dimensions (HxW) 18.1 x 3.0 inches
  • Leg Material Carbon Fiber
  • Leg Sections 4
  • Max Load 22 pounds
  • Max Height 53.3 inches
  • Min Height 6.3 inches

Thanks for reading this review.  If you want to know more about the Vortex Carbon Summit II and our experience with it, feel free to ask by clicking HERE.  In the meantime make sure to go subscribe to the Washington Backcountry YouTube channel as well as follow us on Instagram @Washington_Backcountry.  Knowledge is power and MENTORSHIP IS CONSERVATION.

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