In some situation in life you don’t need anything else – just you and your camera. Like when you’re skiing or skateboarding, or when you want to use both hands for biking. The GoPro Chest Mount Harness accessory is a pretty nifty device to attach your camera to your body without having to hold anything else. Sounds good right?
But not everyone needs a Chesty. Let’s see what are the pros and cons, and what the best way to use it.
Easy to start a video
Because it’s so close to your arms, it couldn’t be easier to start or stop a video, or modify anything you want. You don’t need to stop your bike, your car or your plane… to modify any settings, because it’s on your body.
Leaves your hands free
You can jump around, run or tumble with both hands free. Because the Chesty is perfectly attachable to your body, you don’t need to use your hands to hold your camera.
“What if I’m 6ft tall and 250 lbs? Does it fit me?” You’re in luck’s way – the Chesty is fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes, and even KIDS! Thanks to the Junior Chesty, there’s no reason to leave your kids home (or worse… without a camera) from a fun skiing or mountain biking.
More wind noise
One of the issues with this super comfortable tool is that it’s close to your clothes, and takes up a lot from external noises like the wind. So if you plan to use it with high speed or at a windy place, the video could be pretty noisy and need some editing at the end.
Hard to aim it behind you
The Chesty doesn’t help at all when turning. Basically, you have to turn your whole body if you want to capture what’s behind you. And it can be extremely hard or almost impossible in some situations. Who wants to stop and turn the whole tool into the right direction?
Not for sideway-facing activities
…like snowboarding or skateboarding. When your body turns sideway, the only thing you’ll capture is …well, the sideway. No offense, in some cases, the sideway can be really important, but in most cases it isn’t what you want to see in your video.
“So, do I need a Chesty or something else?” It depends. If you plan to shoot forward, and might want to use your hands, it’s perfect for you. If you snowboard or skateboard, or want to turn around to show the whole picture, you might want something else… like a Sybrillo? It’s coming soon on Kickstarter. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to get all info you need.
Do you have any experiences with The Chesty? Share it in the comments!