I almost lost my GoPro camera recently when having fun in the ocean. My camera was attached to a cheap wrist mount which malfunctioned. Today, I want to show you what exactly happened and how to avoid it.
After this incident, I purchased multipurpose mount GoPro The Strap. Is this expensive mount worth it?
In this post, I compare both mounts to help you decide which one is better for your needs.
Cheap Wrist Mount Worked Well
Let’s go back to the start when we bought our GoPro camera. We needed some hands-free mounts to shoot video with our kids. Wrist mount was a perfect fit but official mount from GoPro was very expensive. So I purchased this cheap wrist mount.
This wrist mount quickly became popular and was very helpful. The strap was thick and comfortable to wear. I liked the option to rotate the camera 360 degrees around and tilt it to the desired position. I often made shots of the world around and then turned the camera to make a quick selfie. You usually cannot do this with other body mounts so easily.
There was one thing which didn’t work properly. When I rotated the camera to the desired position I should push the button to lock it. But it was quite tough so I left the camera unlocked. It usually stayed in the desired position so it wasn’t a big deal.
Long story short – this mount played an invaluable role in making our GoPro home videos. I used it a lot for water activities, climbing, hiking or playing with kids. I was happy I could forget there is a camera with me. I was HIGHLY satisfied with this mount until the critical moment when it malfunctioned.
Almost Lost My GoPro Camera
We were catching the waves with kids as you might have seen. My daughter bumped to the camera and it jumped out of the swivel. I was incredibly lucky that I caught it before falling to the ocean. This is how the wrist mount looked after this accident.
At first, I didn’t blame the mount. It suffered a moderate hit which it wasn’t designed for. I was able to fix the mount by pushing the part back where it belongs. But I was afraid to use this wrist mount again even with tethered camera to my wrist. Just a bad feeling.
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I started to look around on Amazon if there is something else. I needed the same functionality – 360 degree rotation and comfortable strap. But something more reliable.
To my surprise, I found a lot of wrist mounts which had exactly the same mechanism as my old mount. Reviews of my old wrist mount, as well as the others, brought much bigger doubts. Several clients complained about the same thing as I did. On top of that, some clients said that they received completely different item than the one advertised on Amazon.
Average rating of the reviews at these mounts was only 3 stars. Sometimes the rating was higher but with low quantity of reviews so it is not trustworthy yet.
That’s a pity because the mount looks very practical and actually worked well for ALL our activities except the one described above. But if the accidents happen regularly and if the quality of delivered goods varies I cannot recommend it anymore.
If you want to use cheap wrist mount anyway don’t forget to tether your camera!
The Strap – GoPro 3-in-1 Mount
I needed to make a decision. Should I buy another similar mount and worry every time I use it? Unfortunately, the only other reasonable option I found was the expensive GoPro mount – The Strap. Reviews looked much better and there were more of them. So I decided to give it a try despite the high price.
The Strap mount actually isn’t only wrist mount. You can wear it also on your hand, arm or leg. The package includes 3 separate straps for each mounting position which can be easily alternated (see our video review).
All straps are adjustable to wide range of sizes, see the following table:
|hand (palm)||5.9 in (15 cm)||9.8 in (25 cm)|
|wrist||5.5 in (14 cm)||9.4 in (24 cm)|
|leg||10.2 in (26 cm)||25.2 in (64 cm)|
Please note that these measurements are not official technical specifications. Only approximate values measured by myself.
1. Wrist Mount
This wrist mount has thinner lining than the cheap mount. A little bit less comfortable, but not a significant difference between the two mounts.
A rotating mechanism works much better. You can turn the camera to any position without the need of locking it, as it was with my cheap wrist mount. The mechanism is stiff enough so the camera stays in the desired position during activity.
2. Hand Mount
The hand mount is much more comfortable than wrist mount. You can adjust it on both sides (see the video) so it should fit perfectly on any size of the hand. Check the circumference table above.
The camera is further from you compared to wrist positioning so you can make better selfies with it.
In my opinion, this is the best mount of the three options.
3. Leg Mount
If you use leg strap you can mount it even on a much bigger object (up to 25 inches in circumference).
All described mounts are designed also for water activities. In fact, it is one of the best ways how to use it. You have free hands while making decent selfies or capturing other objects around.
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Let’s see both mounts in action:
Both mounts served well for a great variety of activities. The only significant advantage of the cheaper wrist mount is its lower price. It might be your choice if you are on tight budget. In that case, always tether your camera or you risk losing it!
GoPro official mount has a lot more options of mounting, seems more reliable and doesn’t need to lock the camera in the desired position. This is definitely my choice and I would recommend it to anyone.
And what about you? What wrist mount do you use? Please share your experience in comments below this blog post.
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