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The Daytripper Easel is a combination of a palette box that hooks onto a tripod, and a support for your canvas or panel.
Company name: Prolific Painter
Pochade box name: Daytripper Starter Package
Type: Palette Boxes/PanelSupport
Price range: $250-$300
Weight: 4lb 1.8kg
Palette size: 9.5″x15.5″, 24cm x 39cm
The Daytripper is a lightweight setup with the advantage over a pochade because the palette is at a more comfortable height and there is less weight on the tripod head. This means the setup is more stable. It fits most 1/2′ 20 – thread tripods.
A recommended setup is:
- Daytripper easel
- Palette: Neutral Gray Plexiglass
- 18″ End Mount Upright Panel Holder with 8″ crossbars for small plein air paintings (11″x14″, 28cm x 76cm)
- extra quick release plate
The upright panel holders have wide crossbars which gives very good stability.
Dolica AX620B100 Aluminum Tripod
Dolica GX650B204 Proline GX Series 65 inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo for DSLR, SLR
The construction is wood together with metal fixings for attaching to a tripod.
How to set it up
A nice feature of the horizontal bars that hold the canvas is that they are so thin so that they do not get in the way of your painting surface. Yet as you tighten the back screw it tilts and grips even a stretched canvas very tightly. It handles both thin panels and canvases, provided they are not too thick.
End or center mount?
Two types of panel holder are available: center mounted and end mounted. One question is whether to use the center mount or end mount?
This is the Daytripper easel with a center mounted upright panel holder. The specifications are:
- 24″ Off Center Mount Upright Panel Holder with
- 16″ crossbars
This setup is for larger plein air paintings (24″x30″, 61cm x 76cm). The canvas shown is a gallery wrapped 24″x24″ canvas on stretcher bars.
One small problem with this setup is that you cannot get it vertical with a canvas of these dimensions. It is also very wobbly and unstable with the Dolica AX620B100 Aluminum Tripod shown.
I found that if you bring the back leg forward it shifts the center of gravity too far forward and the easel becomes unstable. Extending the tripod top pole and lowering the legs lowered the canvas well below eye height for me, and so was also no solution.
The bottom line is I would recommend the Daytripper easel only with the end mount and possibly the center mount for a bit more stability, but only for panels no bigger than 16″x20″ except in an emergency.
To compare it with other plein air easels, see my Guide to Plein Air Easels.
To compare it with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.
Reviews of Daytripper Easel
This is my current favorite
This is my current favorite portable system. It is very lightweight and easy to set up. Also the canvas holder system is really nice. You can fit panels on and also stretched panels. The narrow lip holds the panel really firmly and is completely unobtrusive. Even then I am finding the palette a little on… Read more “This is my current favorite”
I love the Daytripper –
I love the Daytripper – having used several alternatives in the past. I don’t paint huge panels/stretched canvas en plein air, but I DO use it for larger pieces in studio – it’s so easy to move around, and has a small footprint, and is so adjustable. I have 2 masts, the 18″ and the… Read more “I love the Daytripper –”
The palette box is super!
Josh’s palette box is fabulous! Needing to have the flexibility to paint really large, I designed my own easel but I take this palette box everywhere with me. I weighs ounces, fits easily in a carryon, cleans up well and of great importance, has enough space to readily mix paints, even for a 36×48″ painting.… Read more “The palette box is super!”
Great design by a prolific plein air painter
I use Josh Been’s Upright Panel Holders (UPH) for watercolor painting. They are well designed, sturdy and adaptable to the sometimes unique needs of a watercolorist. Since the UPH is designed to attach to a tripod with a ball head, I can lay my painting surface flat for wet-in-wet washes, or at a slight angle,… Read more “Great design by a prolific plein air painter”
The Best Yet
My criteria for an enjoyable plein air experience is dependent on three things 1 Stability of the canvas Because the palette rests on two tripod legs I find it to be much more stable than those where all the weight Is on the one point ball Joint No more holding the canvas while I m… Read more “The Best Yet”
Daytripper easel not delivered
A bad experience with ordering the daytripper easel. It seemed the ideal easel but the order never came.
Will not do business with him again
His Day Tripper came highly recommended by my instructor. So I ordered it. While his website stated that it was in stock – after purchase I received notice that he had to make it first. Delay wasn’t too long, but it came missing the T-nut necessary to attach the mast (upright) to my tripod. I… Read more “Will not do business with him again”
Customer services is not that good
I ordered the daytripper package back in december and it was about 2 weeks before they shipped…I finally got the package but it was missing a crossbar…so I emailed them, and it was several days with no reply so I emailed them again. they eventially replied saying they will get that part right off to… Read more “Customer services is not that good”
Still have not received my order
I placed an order over a month ago and still haven’t received my easel. Reached out a couple of times already, no responses to the email messages on their website, got an Instagram reply 2 weeks ago saying my easel would likely ship that day, still haven’t received my order or a shipping confirmation. Terrible… Read more “Still have not received my order”
I ordered an easel and
I ordered an easel and other items more than two weeks ago. I immediately received an e-mail that the easel was being built but received no receipt for the purchases. Charges for the items have appeared on my credit card. I have subsequently sent several e-mails asking for information about the expected time of delivery… Read more “I ordered an easel and”
Stay far away
As you can see by most of the reviews the company has pretty much shut down. Takes the money and if you are lucky you get an easel months later. No replies to emails or calls ever. Owner has proudly proclaimed what a successful businessman he is that he gets to contribute the earnings to… Read more “Stay far away”
No issues with getting the daytripper easel
I had no problems with ordering, or receiving, the daytripper easel. Joshua Been was great to work with. I did have a wait between ordering and receiving but accepted that this a small business with an owner that loves to paint as well as make easels for others. It is a great system.
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