Every year millions of snowboarders head to the slopes for their fix of snow-fuelled fun. While historically all that was needed was a board, boots and some warm clothing, many modern riders now consider technology as a standard, even essential addition to their toolkit.
Action cameras in particular have become an increasingly common accessory amongst boarders, allowing them to capture every moment of their ride, meaning memories can be saved and relived time and time again.
The progression in HD action camera technology means that these small, lightweight devices can be attached to almost any part of the riders body, or helmet, giving riders the option to capture footage from a number of different perspectives.
Making a decision on where and how to mount an action camera comes down to a number a factors – the type of camera being used, the style, or perspective of footage looking to be captured and the riding style of the user. So for those planning on capturing some riding footage this winter, here are some options;
Helmet mounts come in several different forms and will appeal to different riders depending on the model of camera and type of helmet they’re using. Users of the popular GoPro HD Helmet Hero cameras, or the new GoPro HD2 range will be particularly spoilt for choice, with a number of options available.
The GoPro Vented Helmet Strap Mount is a popular choice with snowboarders due to its ease of use and relatively small price tag. This mount simply straps securely through the helmet vents and can be removed via a quick release mechanism, allowing easy access to the camera.
Similarly, the GoPro head strap mount is a quick-release style mount, but instead fits over the helmet, as apposed to through it. This is a good mount for riders who wear a helmet without vents.
For an altogether different point of view, the GoPro Front Mount attaches to the front of the helmet, like a headlamp, and can be extended to face back at the rider to allow for self-portrait videos and photos. This is great for riders who want to interchange between point-of-view and documentary style recording.
Goggle mounts are a common choice for snowboarders, especially those seeking that ‘point-of-view’ footage seen so often in professional snowboard movies. The camera sits on either side of the goggles and follows the rider’s eye line as they ride, meaning nothing is missed.
The goggle mount is more commonly used with the smaller, more streamlined models of action camera, such as the Drift HD and Contour HD. Both Contour and Drift offer their own goggle mounts that has been specifically designed to fit their products.
A Goggle mount is an ideal option for those who ride without a helmet, but equally appealing to those who require constant access to their camera, perhaps between short periods of filming.
Head strap mounts
Of course, there are riders who choose not to wear a helmet, and also those to prefer to wear sunglasses to goggles. For these people a head strap mount is the best option. These straps can be easily adjusted meaning they can be worn over hats and beanies without any trouble.
Almost all action cameras will come with a mount of some description when purchased, however, be sure to look at the range of mounts on offer if you’re looking for something in particular. No matter what type of action camera mount you choose, it’s always important to ensure it’s suitable for your camera model and sporting activity.