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Do you have a hankering for adventure travel? If you’ve got a GoPro camera or you’re considering buying one, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment shares the best GoPro accessories to capture those incredible moments on the go.
As an avid adventure traveler and self-proclaimed tech geek, deciding which gadgets to take along with me on my next big trip always proves to be a difficult task. What doesn’t help my situation is that I’m also a huge GoPro enthusiast. Those of you out there who own a GoPro will surely be able to relate to me when I say that owning a GoPro isn’t just about owning the camera itself, it’s about all of the accessories and add-ons that help you capture your most adventurous moments. Here are some of the GoPro accessories that I simply can’t leave at home:
The Handler. The Handler ($29.99) is GoPro’s latest accessory and it’s the spitting image of GoPole’s “Bobber,” an aftermarket GoPro accessory that’s been on the market for at least a year or two. I’m not sure what made GoPro decide to show up so late to the party when it comes to floating hand grips for the GoPro camera, but it’s about time.
With the Handler, you no longer have to worry about your GoPro sinking to the bottom of a reservoir…like mine did. This floating hand grip features a comfy, non-slip material which gives you a more secure handle on your GoPro, as well as increased stability when it comes to filming your most epic land and underwater adventures (waterproof up to 33ft).
Oh, and did I mention the included thumbscrew wrench doubles as a bottle opener? Cheers!
XShot. Think of the XShot ($29.95 – $74.95) as the Go-Go Gadget arm you’ve always wanted, but never had. With the XShot, you can now say goodbye to all those awkward-looking “Stretch Armstrong” selfies you took on previous vacations.
The only question now is which XShot will suit you best?
The Pocket XShot, which collapses down to 6.5″ and extends to 30.5″; the XShot 2.0 which packs down to 9″ and extends to 37″; or the XShot Pro (7″-32″), which I consider to be the holy grail of selfie sticks.
The XShot Pro is my personal weapon of choice these days; the extra cash that you’ll spend on the Pro over the 2.0 or the Pocket is money well spent. With the Pro, you get a seriously comfy and high-quality handle grip, a strong, detachable lanyard for extra security, a 360-degree swivel ball head which allows you to adjust your camera to any angle you could ever possibly imagine and a camera extender that has an uncanny ability to capture some of the coolest selfies on planet Earth.
Note: The Pocket XShot, XShot 2.0 and the XShot Pro come equipped with your standard universal 1/4 tripod screw mount so they’re built to accommodate all cameras, not just the GoPro. Also, it should be mentioned that the XShot does not float and is not waterproof. If you’re looking for a waterproof and buoyant alternative, check out the GoPole Reach.
Wasabi Power Extended Battery. For those of you who have yet to hear about Wasabi Power products ($26.99 and up), know that this company produces the highest-quality aftermarket batteries and wall/car charger kits for the GoPro HERO cameras. While I’ve owned my fair share of Wasabi Power products in the past, nothing compares to their latest and greatest product, the Extended Battery for the GoPro HERO3 and HERO3+ cameras.
This 2780mAh battery is specifically designed to fit flush onto the back of your GoPro and provides you with enough juice to capture up to three to four hours of footage. Yes, that’s right, three to four hours of GoPro goodness on one single charge. If that’s not a mind-blowing upgrade from your current battery life, then I don’t know what is.
There are currently three different versions of the extended battery pack available on Amazon right now. Here are your choices:
- Wasabi Power extended battery (battery only)
- Wasabi Power extended battery pack with 2 extended backdoors
- Wasabi Power extended battery pack with 2 extended backdoors and 1 dual USB battery charger
If you’re an avid GoPro user like me and you’re fed up with the disappointing battery life of your GoPro, you’re going to want to head on over to Amazon and pick one of these up right now.
Note: Wasabi Power has yet to create an extended battery pack for the HERO4, but I believe they are in the process so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp Mount. The GoPro Jaws Flex Mount ($39.99) is an accessory that every adventure traveler should have in their pack at all times. It has the ability to clamp to anything that’s tubular or flat and between 0.25″-2″inches in diameter. I’ve seen this thing mounted on everything from sign poles to tables and the engine bar of a motorcycle. When it comes to versatility, this is one of the best GoPro mounts on the market.
Note: The adjustable flex neck is completely optional and can be easily attached/detached in seconds.
GoPro Chest Harness. The GoPro Chest Harness ($35.99), aka the “Chesty,” allows you to capture really cool POV-style footage. Filming from your chest offers your viewers a very different perspective than your traditional handheld shots.
This is one of my favorite wearable mounts for the GoPro. As a matter of fact, I would choose the Chesty over the helmet strap any day. I’ve used this harness a number of times on my travels. I’ve found the Chest mount to be most useful when taking part in activities, such as riding ATVs, bicycles, jet skis, ziplining, rock climbing, paddleboarding, surfing and more. In other words, if you’re doing an activity that requires the use of both of your hands then it’s time to bust out your Chesty and put it to good use.
Note: The GoPro Chest Harness retails for $36-$39. If you find that to be a little too pricey for your liking and you’re a DIY-er, be sure to check out this amazing and highly professional looking DIY GoPro Chest Mount.
Here’s a short video that I created with my GoPro during my trip to South Africa back in 2012. It happens to be my most-watched video to date, most likely because everyone seems to laugh while watching it. Have any of you done the Big Rush at Moses Mabhida World Cup Stadium in Durban, South Africa? If not, do you think you’d have the guts to take the leap?
Do you own a GoPro? If so, which mounts and accessories can you not leave home without?
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