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My Five Favorite GoPro Accessories (And Three I’ll Never Use Again)

By Chris Backe Accessories, Cameras6 Comments

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I love my GoPro. Between being tiny, powerful, virtually shockproof, and able to be mounted on anything, anywhere, it rocks.

There are a number of other action cameras on the market, but for me it’s the accessories that make the GoPro (and its clones) a better investment. Here are five of my personal favorites.

A Tripod Mount

Smatree Aluminum Tripod Mount Adapter Compatible for Gopro Hero 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3+, 3, 2, 1 HD, GOPRO Hero 2018, DJI OSMO Action Camera

Simply put, this tripod mount is so critical it should come in the box when you first buy a GoPro. Since it doesn’t, pick one up and attach it to any standard monopod or tripod you already have.

No need to up the kludge factor when spending less than $10 will attach it properly and easily.


An Extension Pole

SANDMARC Pole - Black Edition: 17-40” Waterproof Extension Pole (Selfie Stick) for GoPro Hero 9, 8, Max, 7, 6, Fusion, Hero 5, 4, 3 - with Remote Clip

If you don’t already have a tripod or monopod, this single-purpose pole has plenty of uses. Plenty of cheap knockoffs abound, but it’s worth spending a little extra on a model that's more stable and durable.

Extending between 17 and 40 inches, the three-pronged GoPro mount is already part of the pole. All you need is the waterproof case (or The Frame, if you’re not going anywhere near the water) and you’re golden.

Note that other options are available for more specific purposes. You can get , for instance, or one with a gimbal for super-smooth video.

A Head Strap Mount

GoPro Head Strap + QuickClip (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

Ideal for those helmet shots or documenting whatever you’re staring at, the Head Mount ends up being surprisingly comfortable and fits fine, even over a motorcycle helmet.

Go ahead and get the Helmet Front Mount or the Vented Helmet Strap Mount instead if you’d prefer, but this one stretches juuuussstt enough to work — and can be used without a helmet at all.

The Sticky Mounts

GoPro Flat + Curved Adhesive Mounts (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

These sticky mounts are dangerously addictive. They’ll stick once and remove cleanly, but they’ll go fast! The 3M adhesive sticks best to a clean, dry, surface. Clean the object off first, then apply using some pressure between the mount and object.

Note that GoPro sells a kit of curved and flat mounts, but other kinds with different adhesives are also available. Get the surfboard ones for the strongest connections, the regular mounts for average strength, and the instruments ones for a more easily removed tab.

Reuse the plastic mount, not the sticky part (that’s one-time-use only, sorry)

The Frame

GoPro Frame Mount (ANDMK-301) for HERO3 and HERO3+ Cameras

Perhaps the most boringly-named accessory of all, this piece of plastic securely attaches the GoPro to whatever mount you choose. Unlike the waterproof case or the skeleton backdoor, there’s no loss of sound quality or concern about the case fogging up when using The Frame.

I didn’t realize this when I bought it, but there are actually two Frames inside the box: one for the GoPro without an LCD backpack, and one with. As a little bonus, there’s also a lens cap inside. Perhaps it should have been in the original box, but still, it’s a nice touch here.

Of course, not every accessory is ideal for every person or situation. While most of the extras I’ve bought for my GoPro have been useful, there are at least three that I won’t be bothering with again.

The Chesty

GoPro Performance Chest Mount (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

Yeah, it’s officially made and licensed, but I’ve yet to see a video using this chest mount I wanted to watch. Think about how much your torso bounces when doing anything active.

You need to cinch it up really tight to ensure it doesn’t flop around, which means either A: chafing, B: limited range of motion, or C: you’re always fiddling with it. The rig isn’t heavy, but look at the camera-to-rig ratio for crying out loud… the bulk isn’t great for travelers.

The Wrist Mount

GoPro Wrist Housing for HERO4 Black/HERO4 Silver (GoPro Official Mount)

The problem with this mount is that your angles are limited to what your wrist can do, which isn’t a whole lot. Right now, hold out an arm and try to point the top of your hand forward. Go on, try it.

You either have to drop your wrist forward (which strains the forearm and makes it difficult to hold anything in the hand) or twist your arm around, like you’re showing your watch to someone else.

If you’re using this wrist mount to get your reactions, it might be OK — as long as you don’t need your hands for anything…

A Cheap Selfie Stick

Selfie Stick Bluetooth, Doosl Selfie Stick Tripod - Extendable Tripod Stick with Remote - Facetime Phone Stand, Wireless Selfie Stick Tripod, Portable Tripod for Phone

Electronics markets across Southeast Asia (and presumably the world) are full of super-cheap selfie sticks that come in two pieces: the pole and the tension cradle, for want of a better term. 

The markets display them as being useful for GoPro, but don’t fall for it! They’re actually meant for phones or compact digital cameras, and don’t work nearly as well if your GoPro is in any sort of case.

Cheaply made, the ones I’ve used have a tendency to come loose when you least expect it. There’s no way I’d trust my expensive GoPro (or phone, for that matter) to one of these things again!


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Photo credit: Gordon Tarpley (main image)

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Chris Backe is the avid traveler and blogger behind One Weird Globe, dedicated to highlighting offbeat destinations throughout the world. He's written over a dozen books and itineraries about Korea and Thailand beyond the blog, and considers technology an absolutely essential part of traveling.

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    I love the Frame. When I do time lapses during road trips, I can charge my battery since you can attach a cord through the hole. Not so much in the other housing.

    Also loving the Clamp and Gooseneck. GoPro sent one over and I was like oh I’ll never use this. But I clamped it onto my tripod which I set up to shoot photos and I can film at the same time. Great for solo travelers.

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    Very helpful Chris! I was however looking forward to using a chesty on my upcoming trek but seems that may not be a good idea. What mount do u recommend for trekking?

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    The chesty actually works very well for adventure motorcycle riding. I used mine extensively in Morocco and South America. I agree though that it’s not much use for anything else.

    I could have really used the headband when kayaking, as the chesty ended up with me bashing the camera (Sony AS100) with my paddle.

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    I do not own a camera of any sort, just my phone. I am going solo on a cruise and will be cave tubing, zip lining, sight seeing and playing in the water. I want to wow and make family members jealous with photos and videos . I was considering the Gopro silver 4 I think it’s called. This is to be the only and last camera I want to buy. Can you tell me your opinion and what extras I should get with it. I could use your help please. Thank you.

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    I’m a recent GoPro owner and am loving using it. I just have the basic sticky mounts and the selfie/tripod stick and an underwater casing for now, but I need to look into more of the hands-free options like the head/chest mount. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    I wish there was a handlebar mount that incorporated shock absorbtion (to filter and reduce road buzz) Or an extreme one that had a gravity gimble, like a steadycam

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