K-Tek has announced the Avalon Traveler, the first professional boom pole designed to fit into a standard equipment case, according to K-Tek. With a minimum length of 20" (50.8 cm), the Traveler stores quickly for easy, hassle-free transportation, K-Tek reports. Fully expanded, this versatile new 6-section pole extends to a reach of 79" (2 meters).
Constructed of lightweight, durable aluminum tubing, the Traveler is designed for ENG, EFP, and DV production. The pole's coupling system provides maximum holding power and minimum torque. K-Tek's proprietary "captive collett" ensures jam-resistant coupling. Every unit is fitted with the company's unique pole top featuring cable retaining slots and a replaceable stainless steel threaded mounting stud. Suggested U.S. list Price for the Traveler (#KE-79) is $210. A version with an internally wired coiled cord, a Neutrik female XLR on the top pigtail, and a Switchcraft male XLR in the base is also available (#KE-79CC). Suggested U.S. list price for this model is $250.