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When I first removed the GoPro Chest Harness Mount from its carry bag I was a little unsure of how good it was going to be, and certainly dubious about how 'cool' I might look wearing it. It felt sturdy and the straps looked thick, but it also looked like it wouldn't be very comfortable. How wrong I was.
I am fairly slim-built and only 5 foot 7, so I am nowhere near the limitations of this product, but I have worn it to swim in the sea, to ski, and to mountain bike and have had great successes capturing footage. Once it's om you quickly forget it's there. For all three activities I have been able to tighten it so that it stays put. My father (significantly bigger build than me) has also used it when swimming and there has been plenty more room if needed when the straps are loosened. The harness must be fairly tight to avoid camera shake or the entire thing moving, but it is like any harness - it is pointless if not done up properly.
When skiing, the harness stayed put despite several falls into thick snow. The only issue at this point would be how tight you have turned the screw that holds the camera - with vibrations, and especially knocks, if the screw is not very tight the camera will tend to fall down so that it is eventually just recording your feet. It is worth regularly checking and/or considering doing it up with a screwdriver if you are happy to take a compact one with you or not undo it til you get back at the end of your shoot. I (thankfully) didn't get to test its strength on compacted snow but I am confident it would stay put.
When riding again the only issue comes if the screw isn't tightened properly. The positioning of the camera offers an excellent view of your arms, handlebars and the terrain around you and the perspective is much better than the helmet mount as you have more points of reference being able to see the body and bike. If you struggle with the vertical field of view then the GoPro (I think all models going back to the 960, maybe before?) can be set to record upside down. You can then mount the camera upside down and swivel it up to get a better angle.
When swimming the camera offers a fantastic underwater view of the seaworld below you, great for a slightly different snorkelling perspective than a headmount. You will see your arms and sometimes even your legs, all depending on your camera settings. In terms of the harness getting wet, in warmer climates it dried very quickly and I'm sure the material has been chosen for both strength and ability to dry. However, when skiing it took a little longer. I was aware of this and so placed it near a radiator - care may need to be taken as it might start to smell if you left it wet in a bag or heaped in a corner for too long.
The construction of the plastic part of the mount is such that were you to fall on it, the arm the camera attaches to would snap so as to minimise damage to you and the camera. Despite this, it is very strong and withstood being hurled around in a backpack for two weeks while in 'standby'. The screw part of the mount is as standard, so fits any GoPro camera as with other GoPro mounts. The teeth of the mount (where you slide the camera's housing) are tight but this just makes me more confident the camera will move less when riding.
One thing I would say is it is difficult to get the camera out when the housing is attached to the harness. With my GoPro 960 I had to remove the housing from the harness, but I haven't tested it with the new much slimmer Hero 3+ yet, I can't wait to do so and hopefully will remember to come back and update this.
Gopro Chest Mount Harnes. Chest harness for your quick-release HERO camera. Makes it easy to capture immersive video and photo footage from, well...your chest. Perfect for skiing, mountain biking, motocross, paddle sports, or any activity where you want to get a lower than the helmet view of the action. See more of your arms, knees poles, and skis while skiing...or your arms and handlebars while biking or riding your motorcycle. Recommended as a more immersive way to film than on the helmet. One size fits all adjustability. Compatible with all GoPro quick-release cameras including the Helmet HERO Wide, Motorsports HERO Wide, Motorsports HERO, Surf HERO, and WIDE HERO cameras. Not compatible with the Digital HERO 5 Wrist Camera. Whats Included:-1 Adjustable Chest Harness-1 Vertical Surface J-Hook BuckleConstruction: polycarbonateHardware: stainless steel