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Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series)

You Pay: $33.00
Product Highlights
  • Set of 3
  • Replaces #3431

The Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors protect the tripod from dings and scratches while simultaneously making it easier on your shoulder. They also insulate your hands when using the tripod in extreme weather conditions.

Replaces part number 3431.

Zipper system allows them to be fitted easily and prevent them from slipping down during use.
Length 9.8" (24.9cm)
Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series)
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series)
     
    3.1

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        • Travel (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Photo enthusiast (5)
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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        It works!

        Wrapped them around 2 of 3 legs on the 190 tripod and it keeps my hands warm while still keeping a low profile. I've tried the OpTech USA system, which was way too bulky...Read complete review

        Wrapped them around 2 of 3 legs on the 190 tripod and it keeps my hands warm while still keeping a low profile. I've tried the OpTech USA system, which was way too bulky for my taste. My only complaint was that the sticky glue material that is suppose to keep the leg protectors on were a bit messy to deal with while trying to put the protector on the tripod. Also, it's a bit expensive. Overall though, very satisfied with this product.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        good looking but does not fit

        Putting these leg protectors on your tripod is like fitting into pants 3 sizes too small. After 1 hour of pulling and squeezing the two sides together to make it easier on the zipper,...Read complete review

        Putting these leg protectors on your tripod is like fitting into pants 3 sizes too small. After 1 hour of pulling and squeezing the two sides together to make it easier on the zipper, I managed to get all three protectors on, except the bottom 1" where the zipper fabric overlaps itself and makes the protector even thicker.

        About two hours later, two of the three protectors developed bulges in their zipper as they were so tight. End result was one leg was fine, two legs developed broken zippers from too much pressure on the zipper.

        Yes, I ordered the right size for my tripod. If only each protector was 1/8" bigger in circumference, all would have been fine. Definitely, NOT Recommended as a product I would buy as does not fit intended use.

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        1.0

        good looking but does not fit

        By Hulian

        from Calgary, Alberta Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

              Putting these leg protectors on your tripod is like fitting into pants 3 sizes too small. After 1 hour of pulling and squeezing the two sides together to make it easier on the zipper, I managed to get all three protectors on, except the bottom 1" where the zipper fabric overlaps itself and makes the protector even thicker.

              About two hours later, two of the three protectors developed bulges in their zipper as they were so tight. End result was one leg was fine, two legs developed broken zippers from too much pressure on the zipper.

              Yes, I ordered the right size for my tripod. If only each protector was 1/8" bigger in circumference, all would have been fine. Definitely, NOT Recommended as a product I would buy as does not fit intended use.

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              1.0

              Does not fit 190CXPRO4

              By Melissa

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                    Despite its claims that this is for the 190 series, it does NOT fit the 190CXPRO4 tripod. The leg protectors are too long.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Tough Love

                    By LorneR

                    from Green Bay, WI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cushions Your Grip
                    • Easy On Your Shoulder
                    • Looks cool
                    • Protects Hands From Cold

                    Cons

                    • Hard To Install

                    Best Uses

                    • Carry Comfort

                    Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                    Leg protectors help during cold weather, so I wanted to add these to my tripod. These had a strip of two-sided tape to hold them in place until zipped shut. The first one was really hard to get zipped shut. It was super tight and I was afraid of tearing the zipper. The second one fit better. I decided not to put the third one on incase one of the other two had a problem. It was frustrating to get them on, but very gratifying once they were on. I'm glad I fought the battle.

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                    5.0

                    Grip, glamour - and no goo!

                    By SherryK

                    from Palatine, IL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Gorgeous
                    • Great grip
                    • Nice tight fit

                    Cons

                    • Needs install instructs

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                    The bottom line: these things provide great grip and glamour when placed on your Manfrotto tripod.

                    As others have mentioned, these take some strategy when installing. Your best bet: have someone hold the tripod steady, or stabilize it in some fashion. Then use each of your index fingers -- one on each end, pointing at one another -- to guide/push the zipper head end, while running the other one up the railway, thus bringing the sides together and keeping the fabric from overlapping and getting caught. It also helps, on the railway end, to use your middle finger and thumb to bring the sides up and together.

                    Before I figured this out, I was actually shaking with the force required to pull the zipper -- not to mention my fingertips were raw! Since there are three of them, you're in for a serious wrestling match!

                    BTW: When placed on the tripod, these covers provide the perfect grip, particularly if you're wearing knit or non-leather gloves. And if you aren't wearing gloves, they sure beat away the bone-chill, too.

                    Love 'em!

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                    5.0

                    These add a nice touch to my tripod

                    By Bigbarr

                    from Ont. Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                        These look and work great on my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 tripod. Not the easiest to to install
                        but worth the effort.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        For use on my Carbon Fiber Tripod...

                        By Outdoor Guy

                        from Canada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function

                        Cons

                        • Zipper tab may scratch

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                        I bought these to help protect my carbon fiber tripod when transporting. The adhesive glue is messy and very gooey as mentioned in other reviews. The glue is actually pre-applied and all that is required is to peal back the wax paper to start. I'm not sure if the glue will even dry as it has almost the same consistency as the gooey adhesive found on old electrical tape except 10 times gooeier!!! :o(

                        I'm not sure if the glue will stain the carbon fiber but should be good challange to clean off once applied. The zipper is protected from contacting the legs by a little extra overlap of fabric. However, the metal zipper pull tab on the outside will contact the carbon center column depending on where the leg protector is turned.

                        The leg protector is thin and keeps the bulk down. It will be fine for minor dings and scratches and do just as well as an insulator in cold temperatures.

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        What I expected

                        By Chillinonahd[@]

                        from long island, ny

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Protect and better grip

                            Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                            A bit of a challenge to install and not sure if they will come off easily with the glue on the inside. Would have rather seen a rubberized coating to prevent slipping.

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                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Did not fit - PRO4

                            By Thatgirl423

                            from Greenville, SC

                            Pros

                            • nice product

                            Cons

                            • Glue strip is messy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                              Too long for 190CXPRO4.

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                              4.0

                              It works!

                              By WC

                              from Washington

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                              • Messy Glue

                              Best Uses

                              • All 190 Tripods

                              Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                              Wrapped them around 2 of 3 legs on the 190 tripod and it keeps my hands warm while still keeping a low profile. I've tried the OpTech USA system, which was way too bulky for my taste. My only complaint was that the sticky glue material that is suppose to keep the leg protectors on were a bit messy to deal with while trying to put the protector on the tripod. Also, it's a bit expensive. Overall though, very satisfied with this product.

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Good but not enough padding.

                              By Wayne

                              from Tulsa, Oklahoma

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to install
                              • Insulate from the cold

                              Cons

                              • Not enough padding

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography

                              Comments about Manfrotto 381 Tripod Leg Protectors - for 190 Series (Former 3001 Series):

                              The protectors went on easily and will help with the cold. However, there is not much padding.

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