Types of Helmet Mounts
There are two kinds of GoPro helmet mounts for skiing – ones that are hard to move and ones that are flexible. Here are the pros and cons of these two types of mounts for filming skiing.
Hard Plastic (or Frame) Mounts
Hard plastic helmet mounts are easy to install and remove, as they often come with a frame that you can slide the GoPro into.
They are one of the first options you will see on GoPro’s website for helmet mounting.
They are much less expensive than flexible mounts.
They can be difficult to adjust in terms of angle and aiming.
The hard plastic may block your view if it comes down too far on your forehead.
The top-most parts of your helmet can be blocked by the frame.
They are much more adjustable and movable from angle to angle and are easier to aim than frame mounts.
If you have a round helmet, flexible mounts have the benefit of wrapping the helmet more easily, whereas frame mounts can cause creases in the protective shell.
They’re easy to remove.
- They’re more costly than frame mounts.
Attaching the Mount to the Helmet
What you will need to get started
These days, it’s not hard to find a convenient way to mount your GoPro to virtually any existing gear, bike, or helmet. In other words, you’ll no longer be limited to mounting your GoPro to a pole or stick. Now, you can mount it to almost anything, like your helmet, to get that helmet-cam footage.
It’s also not hard to mount a GoPro to a helmet. However, it does require some specific setup. If you’re interested in mounting your GoPro to a helmet, here’s how to do it.
The easiest way to mount a GoPro on your helmet is to use adhesive mounts. According to GoPro, they designed them to “offer a more secure way to mount your GoPro to helmets, gloves, dog harnesses, and more.”
Before attaching the camera, make sure to read the instructions that came with the helmet, as some helmets have special care instructions.
The standard method of attaching an adhesive mount is as follows:
- Clean the surface area where the riser mount will be attached.
- Apply a strip of 3M Dual-sided tape to the surface of the helmet.
- Apply the riser mount to the surface of the tape.
- Press firmly and make sure to remove any air bubbles.
Depending on your exact requirements, there are different size and shape options available for the adhesive mounts. Here’s the lowdown on them:
Critically Balanced Adhesive Mounts: if you need your camera to sit upright, you should go for the Critically Balanced™. This is a 3-way pivot adhesive mount. The biggest advantage of using it is that it’s tilted at just the right angle and allows for the camera to be switched into selfie mode.
Multi-Function Adhesive Mounts: these mounts are popularly called puck mounts. They come as one piece with a mount and two extension arms. These can be used as chest mounts or on any other flat surface you want to stick it on.
Velcro Strap Mount
Mounting a GoPro to your helmet is very simple, and you can use duct tape to do it. Here are the steps:
Take the GoPro straps and place them over the helmet to find the appropriate location where you want the mount to be. Place the two bottom holes parallel to the side of your helmet, about two inches from the lower edge. Make sure it is secure by pulling up on it a little. Place the top holes parallel to the top of your helmet, about 2 inches from the lower edge and on the other side of the vents. Make sure that they are also lined up parallel to the side that you chose before. Adhere the top two holes to the helmet using duct tape. Slide your GoPro onto the top 2 holes. Put the bottom two holes under the strap and place on the strap in the direction you will be wearing. Apply pressure for it to make sure it is secure.
As most skiers will tell you, the scenery of the snow on the mountains is breathtaking.
For those involved in adrenaline skiing or doing tricks, a first-person perspective captures the skiers' experience more closely than if someone else is filming them.
In both cases, a GoPro is recommended. As described in this article, GoPros are relatively easy to mount, and different options are available to meet your needs.
Enjoy capturing all your best experiences first-hand, and don't miss the two videos linked below!
For tips and tricks on how best to mount your GoPro, click here.
For help achieving the best angles when mounting your GoPro, click here.