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Old 11-29-2012, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default iPole Mini camera mount - any experiences?

I recently picked up a Hero 3 just in time for the season. I'm not a huge fan of the helmet mount view so I was looking into using a pole.

I came across this while searching in a GoPro forum.

"I use this awesome collapsible/telescoping pole constructed of corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, Brass and Poly-Carbonate components. It collapses down to under 9" and extends up to a maximum of 43". It is terminated on the rubber wrapped handle end with a solid brass base cap that has a 1/4" x 20 female thread in it and it is supplied with a removable wrist strap. The other end has a well designed adjustable tripod head section constructed of Poly-Carbonate and Stainless Steel featuring a standard 1/4" x20 Stainless Steel male thread tripod mount. It's great for Ocean, Water and Snow sports."

iPole Mini | FastCap Tech

For $25 + shipping, what do you guys think? I really like that it collapses into something you can tuck away fairly easily. Little worried about what it might weigh.

I've never used a pole mount so I'm not sure what I should be looking for (swivel mount..etc).

This just shows the pole in action, but I'd buy a $8 tripod mount before doing all that damn drilling...

Here's another on its movement..hmm

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I really like this option because I hate riding with a backpack and this would fit in a pocket. I do not like the drilling. I feel like it would sacrifice the integrity of the mount and you would lose your GoPro.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Looks pretty solid to me. ill buy one and test this method.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Amazon lists the shipping weight at 7.7 ounces. I think I'll buy one and test it out also.

I'm a little worried about the rotation but we'll see I guess.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ended up getting this to get free shipping

Amazon.com: XShot 2.0 Camera Extender for Most Cameras XS2379-F: Camera & Photo

Hope it works out...
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I used the xshot before. Its not as strong as I thought it would be fully extended. It ended up breaking on me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I made a couple poles with some pvc pipe. Used the gopro tripod mount. I think it all cost less than $10. You can use a threaded pvc coupler to make extendable so I have two pieces that connect together if I want to go from a small handgrip pole to a 24 inch.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Why not grab a discarded or broken ski pole at the hill? Sure it's not retractable, but it costs nada and probably sturdier.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I bought the cheapest wood hockey stick I could find, cut it to length, drilled a hole at one end, got a bolt the same size as the standard camera mount, et voila! Works fine.

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