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It really does suck!

When I picked up my new GoPro, I also picked up this suction mount to use when I’m on the road or on the trail.  So far, I’m fairly pleased with it.  I tested it first on smooth roads around town at speeds up to 50mph with no problems but the real test was a full day of off-roading and rock crawling.

Despite feeling a little silly, I cleaned the drivers side doors in the parking lot of the off-road park using Waterless Car Wash & Wax from Chemical Guys.  I didn’t want there to be any water spots at the start of the day for the shot.  Any mud that came later was welcome but I wanted the shot to start with a clean slate.
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With the doors all cleaned up, I attached the mount to the side of the body behind the door and set off.  To keep an eye on things, I tilted my drivers mirror all the way down till I could see the camera and let me tell you, 10 hours of wheelin’ later it hadn’t budged!  When I removed the suction mount, there was nothing but clean paint underneath.
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My only complaint is that it is a little tricky to get exactly the angle you want. I wish this mount came with a way to rotate just the camera end of the mount 360* but as far as suction and keeping the camera steady, this mount does a great job!  I’m looking forward to trying a different angle on my next trip.

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Brace Yourself, Videos are Coming!

In preparation for this summer and the Jeep trips I’ve got coming up, I picked up a GoPro Hero 3 Black edition.  While I would have loved to have a Hero 3+ Black edition, I just couldn’t justify the extra $100+.  I mean, I am barely an amateur videographer.  I don’t even know what half these settings mean!  The only thing that really concerned me at the time I picked it out was battery life, but I skirted that issue by picking up two spare battery packs & a mobile charger from Smatree for $25.  The waterproof case is a little larger & the buttons a little harder to push than the Hero3+, buuut again, worth the extra $100?  I’ll keep my ears open for a steal of a deal on a used Hero3+ case or that sweet looking blackout housing.

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To go with it, I also picked up the GoPro suction cup mount and so far I’m fairly pleased with it.  I tested it around town filming a short joy ride and it didn’t budge or create vibration at speeds up to 45 mph.  If I had to make one complaint, it’s that it can be challenging to get the specific angle you want due to the lack of 360* rotation at the front of the mount.  But if you get a little clever with your bag of clips, you can make due.
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