Agree, I've used mine to follow my GF and vise versa. Actually getting her comments on camera are probably the funniest part of it!
I'd like to find a collapseable poll mount one of these days. For the kayak in the summer I think I'm going to mount it to either the tip or tail of the kayak, and use the helmet mount for the occasional POV shot.
I picked up one of these at the end of last year. Its nice to collapse it down, but still somewhat awkward in the pocket (its either banging at my knee in my cargo pocket or poking my ribs in a jacket pocket. However, way less awkward than a fullsize pole.
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Also, here's somthing I did for mounting my contour last year. Instead of using the 3m adhesive, I peeled that off and put this stuff on the mount and then also the helmet (obviously cut to the size of the mount:
Dual Lock Reclosable Fastener :3M US
It doesn't help with losing the camera, you still need a lanyard of sorts. However, I only bring it up in case yours does get knocked off and you're fortunate to find it. My contour got knocked off last year on the first run of the day. I couldn't put it back on so I was done with POV footage for the day. With this, if it gets knocked off, I just pop it back on and go my merry way. However, I did notice that it never got knocked off afterwards.
In case someone wasn't aware, if you're going to use the adhesive, do it at room temperature at least the night before. That way the adhesive has more time to cure and form a better bond.
I recently bought a gopro hero3 black edition. You can bet i'm going to find a good way to secure it if the mount fails. I'm quite scared to lose a $400 toy. :s