Foot Type

Summit SS-P Tripod

There are two main types of tripod feet - rubber tipped and retractable spike. Spiked feet are usually made out of a rubber tip that screws up and down around a spike made of rust-proof metal. These are found on tripods intended primarily for outdoor use in rough country, so the spikes can provide a better grip when necessary. Rubber tipped feet should be fine for most birding uses and will do less damage to the inside of your car. Read more in the Tripods article in the All About Optics section.