Looking to capture some action footage on an upcoming kayak excursion? Then you’ll need a safe and secure way to mount your GoPro camera. I’ve compiled 6 of the best GoPro mounts for your kayak available on the market today.
It seems like GoPros are everywhere these days. From the ski hill to the ocean waves, it’s now easier than ever to capture incredible high-definition video and still photographs.
GoPro’s are great for capturing almost any type of outdoor footage, but you’ll need some added gear to take full advantage of their abilities. A good mounting system will allow you to capture great footage without checking on the camera or worrying that the mount won’t hold.
There a variety of mounting options when on a kayak. Everything from chest mounts to paddle mounts to mounting the camera on the hull of the kayak. In this review, I’ll go into the best options for each type of kayak mount.
Quick Answer: 6 Best GoPro Kayak Mounts
Types of GoPro Kayak Mounts
Chest Mount. A great GoPro kayak mount for capturing video and still photos is a chest mount. These mounts offer a great perspective and give a real ‘in the action’ feel to the video. They’re great for setting and forgetting too, as the camera is securely strapped to your body and won’t come loose.
Paddle Mount. This is an interesting mount that will give you some unique footage. With the GoPro mounted on the end of your paddle, you can capture great still photographs, or use the paddle as a sort of selfie stick and capture great selfies and group photos.
Boat Mount. You can also mount the GoPro on the kayak itself. Either the bow or the stern of the kayak are great spots to place your camera. This will offer a stable platform to mount the camera which results in steady video footage and scenic still shots. These types of mounts are usually suction cup style mounts or adhesive mounts. Either way, you want to ensure they are secure and have no chance of coming loose.
Helmet Mount. Helmet kayak mounts are great for capturing action footage. They give that classic GoPro-style first-person point of view perspective. You can either mount the camera on the side or the front of your helmet, depending on your preference.
Top 6 GoPro Kayak Mounts
What to consider when buying a GoPro kayak mount?
Compatibility. Not all camera mounts are compatible with every GoPro Model. Be sure to check if your GoPro model will work with the mount you’re interested in. Some mounts designed for other action cameras will require an adapter piece to fit a GoPro camera.
Use Case. Consider where you will be using the GoPro mount. If you want to use it for multiple applications, a quick-release mount with suction cups is a good option. This lets you quickly move the mount from your recreational kayak to your surfboard to your car’s dashboard. If you’re mounting the GoPro to your helmet you’ll need to use an adhesive style mount.
Mount Surface. Suction style mounts are ideal for smooth surfaces. If your kayak or mounting surface is rough, consider a different mounting system.
Tether Clip. Whenever you take a GoPro out on the water with you, it’s important to make sure you have some sort of fail-safe. If you get hit by a big wave or accidentally knock your mount off your kayak, you don’t want your expensive camera to end up in Davey Jones’ locker. Having some sort of tether clip that anchors your mount to the kayak is a smart move. Some mounts come with a tether clip included, or you can pick one up separately.
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