I have previously reported on the Kayalu Kayalite with which I have been completely satisfied, so I decided to order the succinctly but accurately named Kayalu RAM Mounts Locking Suction GoPro® Hero Camera Mount with Toughbar® Extension Arm!
The Ram mount suction cup can be mounted anywhere the kayak hull or deck is reasonably flat. It will even stick to the hull on the waterline for unusual angle shots. It is best to mount it on a surface that is not too flexible as it can "bounce". I found near a bulkhead, a deck moulding or where the kayak tapers near the bow or stern to be rigid enough.
So does it work? Well I think the the kayalu mount (with optional 10" extension bar) is ideal for kayak photography using the GoPro wide angle lens and gives a far wider range of mounting viewpoints on a kayak compared with the standard GoPro mounts.
I mounted it close enough to reach the on/off switch but it would be better mounted further back so that the svelte kayaker took up less of the frame. I look forward to trying it nearer the bow and stern with the new GoPro WiFi remote control.
All in all I am highly impressed by the Kayalu GoPro mount and extension and if I had been able to buy it from a retail outlet in the UK I would have awarded it 10/10.
I could not find a UK distributor, so I ordered mine direct from the Kayula, the manufacturer in the USA. The cost was $69.95 + $30 shipping. I paid £63.92 via PayPal then had to pay £13.60 UK import duty and a Parcelforce administration fee (for handling the import tax) of £8 bringing the total to £85.52.
I suspect I have had to pay both USA and UK sales taxes and the cost of international delivery and the handling fee for collecting the UK import tax makes it quite expensive. It was a price I was prepared to pay for such a well designed device manufactured from quality material. It is superior in every way to the standard GoPro mounts and also my home made/GoPro mount.
Hi Dr. Douglas, I have also a Kayalu extension arm, but with the screws-fixed base; it works, but I need a more serious challenging conditions to know... Maybe a surf... :)ReplyDelete
Please see http://www.leonardoesch.blogspot.com.br/2012/12/remada-farroupilha.html - sorry, only in portuguese, but can be translated online.
Thanks for sharing!
Greetings Leonardo, please call me just Douglas!Delete
Thanks for the link to your post. What a great lunch spot! I think your mount (further back) gives a better result than mine.
Thanks for your answer, Douglas! Yes, I have my mount is further back, but I don't have the Wi-Fi to start and stop, so have the limitations and can't reach the camera...ReplyDelete
And nearly 5 years on, just wondering if your impresions are still the same?ReplyDelete
Hello Mike I am still using this mount 5 years on. I managed to break one of the clamps which grips the ball ends when using the long extension and something bumped into it. The clamps are actually made by RAM Mount and I was able to get a much cheaper replacement in the UK from them than if I had to import from Kayalu in the USA.Delete
Some recent photos are here.