tripod leg covers



You're considering getting  tripod leg covers, but not sure if you' really need them? This is an accessory that isn't needed but is sure nice to have.

Tripod leg coverTripod Leg Cover

Also Known AS

  • tripod leg sleeves
  • tripod leg wraps
  • tripod leg warmers
  • tripod leg protectors
  • tripod grip covers
  • tripod comfort pads

Tripods do not need leg covers to function properly, but having them makes your shooting experience more pleasurable. Just like padding on your bike seat, you could ride without it, but it could be a pain in the butt. In the case of tripods, it's not quite that dramatic of a difference.

The 6 Best Reasons for using a tripod leg cover

  1. Tripod leg sleeves insulate your hands from the bitter feel of a frigid carbon fiber or aluminum leg on a cold winter day. This is a welcome relief if you live in the Northeast USA like I do.
  2. These leg covers also give you some cushion from the pressure of your tripod as you carry it on your shoulder. This is a big deal if you're a landscape or wildlife photographer and you're walking from spot to spot.
  3. They also allow you to grip your camera tripod more securely, preventing slippage, particularly if it gets wet.
  4. Tripod leg wraps help prevent damage to your tripod.
  5. Tripod leg sleeves reduce the noise that scares away wildlife while handling.
  6. Camouflage: Covers that are made with a camouflage pattern blend with the environment and are less likely to scare away the animals.

There are two well known sellers when it comes to high quality covers for your tripod legs. They are the Lenscoat company and OP/TECH. Oddly enough, my Manfrotto tripod, purchase over 25 years  ago, has two tripod leg covers. Why wouldn't they make my tripod with 3? The cheap Ambico tripod on the right came with a protruding handle and has those cheap rectangular leg columns. No leg sleeves.

Manfrotto Tripod Leg CoversManfrotto Tripod
With 2 Included Leg Covers

cheap tripod legsCheap Rectangular Tripod Legs
No Tripod Leg Covers

leg cover buying tips

You can do a comparison of leg covers by reading reviews on two different options.

The LegCoat on the left comes in several different color options.

The OP/TECH, on the right, is about half the price and comes in black.

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legcoatTM tripod covers

LensCoat make a large variety of products to protect your camera, lenses, and accessories, including their line of LegCoat tripod covers.

The LegCoat wraps are made from closed cell Neoprene and are designed to wrap around the upper leg of your tripod.

The inside back is designed to prevent slipping which is the biggest complaint photographers have with the traditional leg sleeves that come with tripods.

The camouflage color is particularly popular with wildlife photographers. Pay attention to diameter and length when ordering these tripod leg sleeves. When you consider that some tripods cost $500 or more adding protective leg covers is a worthwhile investment and makes them more comfortable to carry and handle. 

op/techTM tripod leg covers

OP/TECH makes cheaper tripod leg protection. The material is quite similar to the pipe insulation tubes you can buy at your local hardware or home improvement store.

These leg covers also come with Cordura® stockings to cover and protect the insulating material. Also know for straps, lens pouches, and a variety of other camera equipment accessories, Op/TECH products are made in the USA.

Types of Leg Covers:

Tripod leg protectors come in a variety of styles, designs, and prices. You should pick one that fits firmly on the largest diameter section of your tripod legs and one that matches your shooting style.

NEOPRENE: These are the most comfortable, because of their warmth and water resistance.

FOAM: Foam tripod leg covers are the most affordable. They excel as shock absorbers and can be customized DIY.

SILOCONE: Silicone leg covers are the easiest to clean and are known for their durability and grip enhancements.

CAMOFLAGE: These covers designed for wildlife photographers. As mentioned, they help you stay quiet and also make your gear a little bit less noticeable. 

do it yourself tripod covers

Want to save money on your tripod leg covers? If you don't care as much about how your leg wrap looks, how about a do-it-yourself project?

This is probably one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects there is. You only need foam pipe insulation tubes, a knife, and the right kind of tape.

The downside is that the foam tubes you select might not be as precisely fit to your specific tripod's leg diameter. Too tight and you may have a slit. Too loose and your grip may slide on your tripod's leg. Here'a good video on one method to make you own tripod legs covers.

Watch this short video below to see if making your own tripod leg covers is a good idea for you.

DIY tripod leg coverYour Do-it-yourself cover
might not win an award for best looking

Even if you are clumsy with tools and averse to being handy, you could give this project a try with little risk. You can use Google or Youtube for the specifics.

Just be careful with your choice of tape and how much you apply. There's nothing worse than sticky adhesive breakdown or a hot day.

keep it simple - just buy a set of covers

On the other hand, if you have some funds to play with and you want the look and feel of a professional, the manufactured leg covers are a good route to take for a winter camera accessory.

Professional tripods can cost up to $400 or more, so you can justify spending $30-$50 dollars on comfort and protection. I hope you found this article on tripod leg covers helpful. See more useful articles on tripod below my signature or use the search box immediately below for specific topics on this website.

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