By: Mary and Dr. Jim Clary
Over the years we have acquired and tried out a lot of shooting bipods and tripods, ranging in price from $50 to $150. They all worked (sort of)! They were constructed of such thin aluminum that they resembled the shock-corded supports on cheap dome tents. They were anything but stable.
As a result, we gave up on trying to find a solid, yet portable shooting platform for years. That is, until we saw the Bog-Pod. After examining one of their tripods at a recent trade show, I knew that we had to get one. Through our contacts with Battenfeld (Bog-Pod's parent company), we received the CDL 3 Camo Tripod for testing and evaluation.
The CDL 3 legs are constructed from high strength aluminum that is very resistant to bending (we tried); yet, it is light weight. Each three-section leg can be adjusted independently and locked into position with their "rapid-adjust" level locks. The legs can be adjusted out to a 40o angle. That adjustment is very positive due to the user's ability to set the tension with the Allen wrench tool included with the CDL 3.
Even when extended to their maximum height, there is no wobble or bending at the joints.
The rubber feet screw up to expose a steel tip for better grip on ice, snow or soft ground. Once you use these adjustable feet in the field, you will appreciate what is missing on other tripods.
As one would expect, the universal shooting rest swivels a full 360o and is covered with rubber to prevent damage to the rifle's forend. Bog-Pod refers to the variety of top mounts available for their tripods/bipods which they call the "Switcheroo Shooting System". You can even get a Bog-Pod cover to set up a portable blind in the field (TIPI-G).
Specifications for the CDL 3 are:
Three-section, lightweight aluminum legs with camo finish
Universal Shooting Rest (rubber covered) that swivels 360o
Rapid-adjust lever locks with adjustable tension
Inch markers on middle leg sections for rapid height reset
All-terrain rubber feet with screw up steel tips for ice
Height adjusts from 22” to 68” for sitting, kneeling or standing positions
Carry bag and Allen wrench included
The CDL 3 comes with a carry bag equipped with a shoulder strap. The closed height for carrying is 31" and weighs in at approximately 40 ounces. With a 2018 MSRP of $142.99, it isn't cheap, but quality products usually aren't. Because this unit will last a lifetime and maybe more, it is worth the investment.