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@docsmiles17 Sometimes I wish I had these warm little forcefield bubbles that keep my hand warm while letting me still use bare hands. But seriously, I usually use gloves when I'm on the move. As soon as I find a place I want to set up the tripod, I like to take them off for that extra bit of dexterity. It gives me comfort and confidence in handling my gear. Maybe I'm just clumsy with gloves though.
@Paul Mo The problem with the bike grip wasn't so much friction as it was simply not wide enough to pass over the top plastic retaining part of the tripod leg. The foam was starting to rip simply because the diameter of the leg was too big (something my girlfriend would never want to hear me say about her). Luckily handlebar grips come in packs of 2 so I had 1 to experiment with first. Knowing what I know now, I would have gone with another bike handle grip that had an opening with a larger inner diameter. Honestly, whoever invented the zip tie should be awarded the Nobel peace prize as I'm sure without it, wars would be waged from the frustration of not having zip ties.