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GoPro Mounts/Accesories/etc

I just got a GoPro for Christmas and want to take it out boarding.

What are the best mounts and accessories I should be looking at?

I have the side mount, chest harness, and wrist harness.

I want to get the LCD BacPac, but I don't know what else I should be looking at.

I have a couple spare batteries on order now .....

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First try with what you have, seems sufficient anyway. Then if you really feel like you're missing out on something buy the stuff you need. Don't just go out and buy everything, it's a waste of money and you'll end up with a drawer packed with unused shit.

Btw 'best' is an impossible answer for subjective questions :] Especially since you don't even mention what you want to shoot. That being said, I like to keep it simple and use an adhesive curved mount on my helmet. (to shoot what's in front of me, like my gf's fine ass, not for lame self shots where you don't see any action).

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I was basically looking at a spare battery and the LCD BacPac.

I wasn't sure if there is anything else that you guys find you use alot.
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BacPac should be pretty awesome since just for the fact it gives you a decent menu structure alone. That plus video preview seems like it's well worth it. I hope so, cause I ordered one myself and it should be here in a couple of hours :] Will let you know what it's like.

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I don't see any value in an LCD backpack...it's big enough already.

You'll be surprised how easy it is to get shots lined up right. Just aim it how you think it should go, and after a couple of times you will see how to adjust.

You can also use the iphone app to see what the camera see.

Yes, get a battery! By far the thing I need the most.
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BacPac should be pretty awesome since just for the fact it gives you a decent menu structure alone. That plus video preview seems like it's well worth it. I hope so, cause I ordered one myself and it should be here in a couple of hours :] Will let you know what it's like.
I have the LCD backpack. It helps a LOT, but it obviously sucks up the battery, especially in the cold snowboarding environment. It's better for when you're using the GP as a still camera, or looking at your vids while you break for lunch.

As for the mount...it comes with a bunch of them. Should be two of each kind (except the harnesses). I put one on my helmet...but then bought a new helmet. That old mount is history. You're never getting that glue off. The helmet straps works pretty good (I've used it whitewater rafting, since I was using their helmet), but I just don't trust it without a couple of twist ties through the vent holes, or some other way to secure should you take a hard fall or something. I've never had it fall off -- it's got really secure rubber grips, but still, it's be an expensive loss if it happened.

The best tip I can offer is to really memorize all the damned click sequences. Nothing sucks worse than finding out you missed one click and wound up recording all your lift rides up, then turning the camera off for your run down. Yes, I've done it. Yes, it's easy...the beep isn't nearly loud enough, especially when you're wearing a helmet and a lift is humming nearby and a snow gun is blowing, etc, etc. If you're with a buddy, ask him to check to make sure the red light is blinking before you take off! Or, wear it on your wrist or chest or a place where you can see the red light. You'll get some neat perspectives, too. The helmet-top perspective gets boring after a while.
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I don't see any value in an LCD backpack...it's big enough already.

You'll be surprised how easy it is to get shots lined up right. Just aim it how you think it should go, and after a couple of times you will see how to adjust.

You can also use the iphone app to see what the camera see.

Yes, get a battery! By far the thing I need the most.
You're assuming he has a newer GoPro3. Mine is version 2, has no wifi, no screen, no nothing. The LCD screen is great, but again, kind of pointless on-mountain if the camera is mounted to your helmet.

I do agree, though, an extra battery is a must, too.
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You're assuming he has a newer GoPro3. Mine is version 2, has no wifi, no screen, no nothing. The LCD screen is great, but again, kind of pointless on-mountain if the camera is mounted to your helmet.

I do agree, though, an extra battery is a must, too.
Correct, since he just got it, I am indeed assuming it's a 3.
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Just a quick note on the LCD after heading to the local dirt jumps and playing around with it:
- it has a configurable auto-off so that helps with the battery life a lot
- menu access/handling is really good and understandable, and beats the shit out of the two-button controlled back-to-the-days default menu.
- preview/playback: I do find value in this, and it reminds me of how I used to get to know a new analog photocamera vs getting to know a new DSLR. With an analog camera you try out different settings and take notes like "shot x = there I tried setting y and z" and so on. Then wait a week for the shots to get developped and check results. It really is the only way to properly learn the ins and outs of a fairly complicated camera (think high-end Nikon/Canon). This all changed with DSLRs with built-in display where you get instant feedback. With the GoPro it's similar. Wanna know what wide/medium/narrow is? Wanna see if low-light is worth it? The manual won't tell you so take shots, try not to forget which shot you changed what setting, ride, get camera out of housing, attach usb cable, transfer files, watch. And repeat until satisfied. Now that is mainly reduced to just take shot/ride/watch. Yes I know not everybody goes mental on a simple GoPro like that but I do and hence the LCD is definitely worth it for me.

I do admit though that usage on the mountain with gloves on etc is not exactly the same as what I did now, plus it seems likely that after a while I'll know which settings to use automatically so the preview is going to be of less use. Yet there's still the playback which is always fun.

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