Rycote has announced three telescopic carbon-fibre boom poles: the 1.63-metre-long G3, with three sections, and the 2.49-metre-long G5, with five sections.
The G5 is itself available in two versions, a standard version and one with an internal coiled cable and built-in Neutrik XLR connector in the hilt.
Featuring the same triple-cam'grip and twist' locking system as the A3 and A5 poles, and with no metal parts to add to theirweight, the new G3 and G5 combine "lightweight construction with great tensile strength," according to Rycote. As on the A3 and A5, the locking mechanism is designed to be resistant to jamming when the pole is dirty;however, if necessary, the locking collars can be stripped down for cleaning in the field if required. The G3 weighs 360 grammes, the standard G5 is 580g, while the G5 with internal cable weighs 720g.
The G3 and G5 boom poles are on sale now, with UK recommended retail prices as follows:
- G3: £150.
- G5 Standard: £204.
- G5 with internal cable: £288.
All prices include VAT at the new rate of 20 percent. Prices will vary in territories outside the UK. For more information, see www.rycote.com.
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