Geekoto Tripod Review
Geekoto X25 Defender Tripod

Geekoto Tripod Review

Overall Rating - 4.7 / 5.0

I’ve owned six other tripods during the last 12 years, including a high end Manfrotto, and for me nothing is as versatile as the Geekoto X25 Defender.  Small when folded, lightweight, sturdy and can assume multiple different forms.  For the price this is my top pick for tripods for beginners to professionals.  On to the details of this Geekoto Tripod Review!

How I arrived at the rating:  I use this tripod every time I go out to shoot.  In all manner of situations.  I’ve read reviews by other photographers, and studied the manufacturers specs.  Additionally I compared this to other tripods I have owned and those in the marketplace.  Read the detailed ratings below.

Recent price on Amazon - $125

With legs and column fully extended this tripod measures 77″ high (6 Feet, 5 Inches)  and when fully folded up its only 20″ long.  When folded this easily fits across the top of my camera bag and I fold the top over it to hold it in place.  I use a Peak Design messenger type camera bag with a latched flap closure.  This could also easily attach to the bottom of a backpack, and it comes with its own bag that has a carry handle and a shoulder strap.

With all of the different configurations this can be set up in, it is truly an amazing piece of photography gear!

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Lightweight, sturdy, strong and durable

Made with 25mm large diameter magnesium aluminum alloy tubes and machined aluminum components, this is a very stable solid unit.  The tripod also features a removable leg.  It can easily be converted to a mono-pod of various configurations to take hiking and trekking.

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Recent price on Amazon - $125

Continuing the Geekoto Tripod Review...

For the price, the Geekoto Tripod has an awesome array of features, including a weight hook for adding even more stability to the stance.  I take a small mesh bag and just put a couple of rocks in it to hang on the hook.  The twist locks verses the flip-clip locks are much easier to use. Especially with cold hands and when you’re in a bit of a hurry.

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No Geekoto Tripod Review would be complete without a list of Pros and Cons and a primary features rating.  So here goes:


  • Great value for the price
  • Can configure to any needed stance and position
  • Very tall when fully extended
  • Very short and portable when fully folded
  • More features than comparable high end tripods


  • Slightly heavier than other tripods this size due to 2 piece transverse center column
  • Center column lock sometimes finicky
  • No way to lock legs in reverse folded postion





4.8 / 5.0

4.9 / 5.0

4.7 / 5.0


4.8 / 5.0

Explanation of ratings:

  • For price, if this came in at $99.99 or below I would go 4.9 and $79.99 a full 5.0
  • Great features and function, this thing is missing only one, and that’s the ability to lock the legs when folded backwards
  • The construction quality, the center column lock ring is annoying and would be some easy for Geekoto to make better

Conclusion of the Geekoto Tripod Review

You will find this Geekoto Tripod Review information useful and informative.  This is a great tripod!  Very flexible, portable and configurable.  The average street price is really hard to beat.  I would buy this again and, highly recommend this for anyone looking to get a great piece of camera gear that will last for a reasonable price.


Simple Photo Tips is an affiliate of Amazon and earns a small commission for any products purchased through links on this page.  I am however not compensated for this review by anyone.  The opinions expressed here are my own, based on personal experience, research and considering the opinions of others in the photography community.

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