Excerpt: I replaced the supplied screw-in stainless steel spikes on the feet of my Induro ( also Benro) carbon fiber tripod with the Gitzo GS5030VSF feet and they work perfectly. I easily retracted the circular rubber rings letting the spikes grab in soft earth, stabilizing the tripod well.
Excerpt: They work fine, they require a few too many turns to retract and extend which is annoying, plus the spikes don't extend out very far which isn't ideal. I would rather use the regular feet which pull off the spikes, a little more difficult but both the rubber and the spike are better on the standard...
Excerpt: I am using these spiked feet for all my Gitzo tripods for the last several years. They are very versatile. For hardwood/tile or floors that you don't want to scratch, extend the feet all the way so that the rubber covers the spikes.
Excerpt: These feet are great for my Gitzo tripod legs. I wish they were 1: a little longer, for more purchase in softer ground & 2: a little bigger in diameter to stop the metal parts of the legs clanging when putting the legs together.
Excerpt: I own several Gitzo carbon tripods, including the hefty G1325 which is my main tool in the field. I love the tripod and use it for both Canon FF and 4x5 film cameras. It came with fixed, glued in rubber feet which are fine on pavement or indoor surfaces.
Excerpt: I purchased these retractable spikes for a trip to Banff national park. They worked exactly as intended and help my gitzo firmly on lose ground. The few times I needed to retract them I did so easily.
Excerpt: If you do landscapes spiked feet are a must. However, I have also found that those spike feet are absolutely essential when it's icy. Since I do a lot of winter photography my gear probably would not last long without them.