Lightweight all-in-one
Jib Arm / Dolly / Trolley System
Systems ranging from $1800 to $4900

The Explorer's unique design features a dovetail clamping system using spring-loaded pins to ensure positive and safe connections, allowing for quick assembly and disassembly without tools. This also allows the user to transform the Explorer from a Jib Arm to an elevated Trolley system in minutes.

Unlike most jib arms that have only a parallelogram on the front and a single counterweight arm on the back, the Explorer has a parallelogram on the back as well as the front. This allows for the use of a weight bucket that lets you to use whatever is handy--spare batteries, rocks, bottles of water, etc. as counterweight, thereby eliminating the need to transport metal weights.

The Explorer will mount onto any 100mm-topped tripod; however, we recommend using the Explorer tripod because often other tripods are not strong enough to support a jib. Our tripod can carry up to 300 lbs. (136kg.)

Video review of the Porta-Jib Explorer System by Trey Solberg.

Designed specifically for lightweight camera and fluid heads weighing under 22 lbs.

Call Mark
323 462-2855
extension 2

or e-mail
Video review of the Porta-Jib Explorer System
in Trolley Mode by Jonathan Lawrence.


The Explorer trolley mounts onto
the rails to become a 6’ slider.
The wheels are grooved so they
lock securely onto the rails.


Transform the jib arm in minutes without tools to an elevated trolley system.

The rail portion of the jib arm stays assembled. The tripod is moved to one end and angled monopods are positioned at the other end.

Explorer System Pricing

Designed specifically for those on the go and on a budget.
The components of the Porta-Jib Explorer System can be purchased as a complete system or as individual items.

Explorer - Jib only $1800
Explorer - JIb only with custom Porta Brace Bag $2100
Explorer Jib, with trolley, 2 monopods, 4 low-mode leveling feet, and 2 Porta Brace bags
(Note: customer must provide his own 100mm-topped tripod)
Basic Explorer System - jib, tripod, trolley, 4 low-mode leveling feet, 2 monopods, and 2 custom Porta-Brace bags $3950
Complete Explorer System - jib, tripod, trolley, 4 low-mode leveling feet, 2 monopods, Explorer 3-wheel track dolly, and 3 custom bags
(Note: dolly is discounted when purchased as part of the complete system. Also note that FlexTrak is not included in this package price. Go to FlexTrak page for track information.)
Explorer accessories when purchased separately:  
Explorer Tripod $650
Explorer Trolley
(requires 100mm cup assembly)
Explorer 100mm cup assembly
(This piece is included in the jib components.)
Explorer Monopod with articulating clamp $100
Explorer Custom Bag by Porta Brace $300
Explorer Leveling Foot for low-mode (each) $75
Explorer 3 Wheel Track / Floor Dolly $795
Explorer 3 Wheel Floor Wheel only Dolly $650
(When either dolly is purchased separately to be used with your existing tripod, the dolly requires that you add one of the tie-down sets below. These are not required when using our tripod, because it comes with the Manfrotto rubber strap style tie-down feet.)  
Manfrotto or Cartoni strap style tie-downs (set of 3) $45
Manfrotto Universal Casting style tie-down (set of 3) $150
Explorer Track / Floor Wheels only (set of 3) $600
Explorer Floor Wheels only (set of 3) $450
Additional 3' rail - each (to extend the trolley length) $75
Dual Clamp - each (to extend the trolley length) $60

Our new Explorer 3-Leg Dolly has wheel clusters that look like traditional track wheels, but are designed to function as both track and floor wheels.

Explorer Wheels

This means you can roll your assembled jib arm on any smooth floor or switch to track without changing the wheels. In addition, one of the wheel clusters features our signature floating arm mechanism for use with our award-winning FlexTrak.

  Mini Jib

Another useful configuration is to make the Explorer into a mini-jib using only 2 rails instead of 4. We think of this more as a tripod- enhancer than a jib arm. It takes up almost no more space than the footprint of the tripod, so it can be used in tight locations, and its 30” (76cm) of lift can provide a significant move. Or it can be used to simply reposition the camera far more quickly than adjusting the height of tripod.

Explorer Tripod
The Explorer Tripod on Floor Wheels
Explorer Trolley - The 100mm cup from the jib
is added to complete the Trolley

Adjustable front 100mm cup assembly

Weight bucket assembly

Add the 4 Leveling Feet to the 12" cross supports for low shot mode

Note: The trolley pictured is a previous version

Balanced Monitor Bracket
                         - for front-operated jib work      $395

Balanced Monitor Bracket

Designed to help the operator easily change the
viewing angle of his monitor as the jib moves.

For more information, click here to visit the
Balanced Monitor Bracket page.

 Explorer Technical Specifications

Explorer Jib Weight: 27 lbs. (12.2kg)
  Weight: 35 lbs.(13.9kg) when packed in custom Porta Brace Bag
  Supports a front payload of camera and fluid head up to 22 lbs. (10kg)
  Mounts onto any 100mm-topped tripod
  Reach (from center of fulcrum to center of 100mm cup) -- 38" (96.5cm)
  Vertical Boom range: 66" (167.6cm)
  Vertical Boom Range when mounted on the Explorer tripod fully extended:
  Lowest 100mm cup position -- 25" (63.5cm) from ground
  (Note: the 100mm cup can be positioned at ground level by inverting the
12" rail that holds the 100mm cup, and lowering the tripod legs. Without
lowering the legs from their fully extended position, the inverted front cup
is 13" from the ground.)
  Highest 100mm cup position -- 8’5" or 101" (256.5cm)
  (Note: The boom range above is listed as 66", yet the high-to-low figures
are listed as being 25" to 101" which equals 76". This 10" disparity is
because the 100 mm cup is mounted to a 12" vertical rail that can be
adjusted up and down to maximize either the high or low point.)
Explorer Tripod Weight: 13 lbs. (5.9kg) supports 300 lbs. (136kg.)
  Lowest position: 32" (81.3cm)
  Highest position: 48" (121.9cm)
Explorer Trolley Weight: 5.5 lbs. (2.5kg.)
  Capacity 45 lbs. (20.4kg)
  Trolley rails 36" (91.44cm) long each. Usually configured in 6' (182.88cm) run.
Explorer Monopod Weight: 3.5 lbs. (1.58kg)
  Length collapsed: 27" (68.58cm)
  Length extended: 46" (116.84cm)
Explorer Bag Dimensions 12" x 11" x 38" (30.5 x 27.9 x 96.5cm)
  All bags have interior pockets
  Explorer Complete System uses 3 custom Porta-Brace bags:
  Jib bag Weight: 35 lbs. (15.87kg.)
  Tripod/Monopod bag Weight: 27 lbs. (12.24kg.)
  Trolley/Dolly bag Weight: 34 lbs. (15.42kg.)
  Explorer Basic System uses 2 custom Porta-brace bags:
  Jib bag Weight: 35 lbs. (15.87kg.)
  Tripod/Monopod/Trolley bag Weight: 37 lbs. (16.78kg)
Documentation For a printable Quicktips sheet of the Explorer Jib and Trolley mode assembly instructions click here.
  For a printable Quicktips sheet of the Explorer 3-leg Dolly assembly instructions click here.
Support To visit our learning center for online support including videos click here.
  Speak to Mark. Call 323 462-2855 extension 2 M-F 10-5 pm Pacific Time
  or e-mail mark@porta-jib.com.
Note: All Porta-Jib products are manufactured and assembled in the USA.
  Most components are machined, anodized aluminum.
  Porta-Jib® and Losmandy® are registered trademarks of
Hollywood General Machining, Inc.

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Explorer PDF
For details about Explorer Jib mode and assembly instructions click here

Explorer Trolley PDF
For details about Explorer Trolley mode and assembly instructions click here

Explorer PDF
For details about Explorer
3-wheel Dolly and assembly instructions click here

Explorer Bags PDF
For details about how to pack your Explorer in our custom bags click here

Explorer PDF
For details about Explorer Mini-Jib mode and assembly instructions click here

On our Learning Center Page, please read "How to balance a Fluid Head". This contains important information to help you enable your jib arm to perform at its best.

Also for those who are new to the world of jibs, please read, "Front vs. Rear Operated Jibs".



Explorer User Testimonials

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Trey Solberg
Jonathan Lawrence
Example of how The Explorer Trolley can easily give one a tracking shot in uneven terrain.
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Trey Solberg
Trey Solberg
"I see this system as a fantastically versatile opportunity..."
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Bob Wojda
Bob Wojda
"The Explorer Jib and trolley system is one of the best built, most versatile systems I’ve ever worked with."
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Craig McKeown
Craig McKeown
"Wow! What a well thought out, masterly crafted piece of equipment."
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James Biddle
James Biddle
"It's amazing!"
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Gazebo Productions
Here is a music video shot by Gazebo Productions that used an Explorer system for many of the shots.
The name of the band is Petite Columbo. The cameras used were Canon 5D and 7D.

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