I’ve been using my GoPro Hero cameras for over 3 years now and have used them in enough situations to come up with a list of my top 5 must have GoPro accessories and mounts. These are in no particular order and based purely on my experience.
1. Extra Batteries – Enough power for the entire day
This is especially important if you have the Hero 3 or Hero 3+ Black Edition since the battery will last just over an hour while recording, but I still strongly recommend it for the Silver and White Edition owners. Nothing is more frustrating than seeing zero bars left of battery just before dropping in on a ski run or mountain bike trail. Save yourself the frustration and pick up some extra batteries so your GoPro will outlast you during the day. I recommend picking up the Wasabi battery kit. For the price of one GoPro battery, you get 2 batteries, a charger and a car adapter.
2. Chesty – Wearable and provider of the best angle
What else can I say about this mount other than it is one of my favourites! Whether you like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboard, skateboarding and just about ANY other sport out there, nothing is cooler than the angle a Chesty gives you. This is a true POV (point-of-view) angle that allows the viewer to see everything in front of you including your arms and legs. When using the Chesty, I almost always use the 960p or 1440p modes which will give you the tallest field of view. In other words, you will be able to see both your hands and arms as well as your feet and legs which is especially cool while skiing. It is also a mount that is extremely easy to use. You wear it like a backpack and operating the GoPro is very easy since it’s right in front of you on your chest.
3. Adhesive Mounts
With all GoPro Hero camera purchases, you will get 1 flat and 1 curved adhesive mount. However, I strongly suggest picking up more as there are several places to use them. They are also a one-time use only mount. For me personally, I have used adhesive mounts on all of my helmets, an egg timer for time lapses, my waterski and my wakeboard. You can never have too many!
4. Suction Cup Mount – Strong and build for speed!
If you own a car, truck, motorcycle or even a plane, this is an absolute must! You can attach the suction cup to any window or glass surface as well as some body panels for some epic angles and footage. My only recommendation (especially for a plane) is to use some sort of tether. This way, if the suction cup happens to fail and lose its suction on the surface, the tether will prevent it from falling off completely. It is also a non-permanent mounting solution so you can quickly and easily change the angle as many times as you want.
5. Class 10 Micro SD Memory Card – Prevent any recording issues
Purchasing a memory card for your GoPro is not only essential to recording the footage on your GoPro but also can ensure that the footage is captured properly without any issues or failures. Since the GoPro shoots at such a high resolution and frame rate, data files are massive and because of that, you need a memory card that can handle this sort of data. GoPro has a list of recommended memory cards that have been proven to function properly with the GoPro camera.