Mine fell off after a branch snagged my cam. I'm thinking of using the included headband over the helmet now. I see a lot of people using it this way. I also have a front mount bar which I can adjust so it sits just above my goggles which will decrease likelihood of it snapping off, but I find it a PIA because I have to completely remove my goggle when I want to take my helmet off.
Bikin' at the resort a couple years back and spot a small digital camera off to the side of the trail. Stopped to grab it. The viewscreen on the back was broken and it looked pretty beat up. I try to turn it on and can't tell if it's working. Apparently I took a picture of myself while messin' with it. Turn it in to lost and found and think nothing of it. Fast forward a couple years and I'm walkin' through the base at the same resort during a festival. I notice this rather large gentleman making right for me. He looks "pissed" and starts tryin' to get my attention. I'm trying to remember what I could've done to aggravate, such a large individual. "Hey.... you found my camera!", he says. "I recognize you from the picture." Huh, I had totally forgotten about it. He introduces me to his wife and mother in law and offers to buy me a beer.
I've used gopro cameras in multiple sports for around 3 years and if there's one thing I've learned: ALWAYS use a lanyard. especially when you're using the adhesive mounts. in the winter they have a tendency to fail and either the mounts will fall off completely or the plastic will get brittle and crack. because they're so prone to failure I use the strap mount for my snowboard helmet. at least then I know the adhesive won't fail. really though the Achilles heel of the gopro cameras though is the mounts. I've cracked quite a number of the mounts and would have lost the camera had it not been for the lanyard. personal opinion is that gopro needs to start producing metal mounts. they'd be extremely easy to machine.
here's the mount setup I have on my helmet. works great as ling as you have a helmet with vent holes. I like it a lot, give it a try, your mileage may vary but I'm happy with it. now I just need an HD gopro.
With the strap tight it follows the contour of the helmet on the out side, but wouldn't the strap be straight across inside the helmet, making the helmet difficult if not impossible to wear? Obviously this isn't the case since you've been using it, so what's going on inside the helmet to allow the strap to be tight yet still fit your head?
Sick-pow: make sure u do a post when you loose your camera next year. In cold temps that sticker will fail.
I haven't had a contour mount come off yet, and I've got it snagged going under lines, hit trees, etc.
When applying the sticker, I cleaned the shit out of the helmet first. I didn't have an alcohol pad but even a little vodka will clean the plastic and take any oils out of it. Then pressed the stickers on HARD applying pressure for probably 10-15 seconds or so. Then I didn't use the mounts until at least the next day.
That said I always lanyard to something other than the mount, with my helmet I put half the lanyard through my goggle strap, and half through the camera. On my girlfriends I put one half through one of her vents, then the other on the camera. So far so good...
In her videos you can hear the lanyard hitting the helmet, but I think that's a small price to pay.
Is there anything I can do about a Contour? They come with lanyards and holes in the camera, but they have clips on them, so I have no idea how they couldn't fail, and the holes are so tiny that a few of my lanyards are already stripped down to the plastic inside of the cord.