Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

We live in a world where filming, photographing and sharing our every activity is just as important to some people as the activity itself. If you’re a tactical Spielberg wannabe, SIDEKICK Mounts‘ series of series of weapon and hat mounts for GoPro action cameras are perfect for capturing your shooting-related activities.

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

The direct-to rail-mount is machined from 6061 Aluminum and available in Black, FDE or Tungsten Cerakote. If you prefer to finish one yourself, you can get a SIDEKICK Mount in bead blasted unfinished aluminum.

Weighing in at only 4.8oz with the camera and mount, the average shooter probably won’t notice it’s attached to his rifle. The mounts I have for review are for the GoPro Hero session series cameras. SIDEKICK also makes mounts for BeHD, SJCam and Akaso cameras.

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

Mounting is easy; simply slide your GoPro into the mount, tighten the single mounting screw onto your rail and you’re good to go. The “windows” on every side of the mount allow for access to controls and the memory card slot no matter which way you orientate the camera.

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

The mount is a sturdy as can be. Once tightened, the mount and camera aren’t going anywhere. I worried that over-tightening the mount might damage the camera but this did not happen, and I mounted it very tightly.

The individual SIDEKICK mount can be pointed towards the target or shooter. When paired with a Kinect Mlok QD adapter you can quickly attach a single camera or a dual camera setup and capture video both downrange and of the shooter. The direct-to rail-mounts sell for $75.

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

For POV filming, SIDEKICK also makes a hat mount that clips onto the front of the bill and is secured by Velcro. If you don’t have one, 5.11 makes a hat with a Velcro field that SIDEKICK sells by itself or as a bundle with the mount.

I was surprised how secure the hat mount is. The clip that attaches to the bill is tight and the velcro does a great job of making sure it stays in place. Installation of the camera is easy; lift the knob on top of the mount, slide in the camera and push the knob back down.

Gear Review: SIDEKICK Mounts GoPro Camera Mounts

The hat mount is printed on commercial production 3D printers. If you watch any 3-gun competitions these days you have more than likely seen SIDEKICK hat mounts, they’re hugely popular. At only $65 the cap mount is priced right.

Both products from SIDEKICK Mounts are solid and very well made with excellent machining. They’re both tough and easy to use with clean, even finishes. The 3D printed parts are so good you’d be hard pressed to even tell they are 3D printed.

Specifications:

Weight:  Rail mount 4.8oz with GoPro session
Hat Mount 3.8oz with GoPro session

Material: Rail Mount 6061 Aluminium
Hat Mount Robust Plastic

Finish: Rail Mount  Cerakote or raw
Hat Mount  Cerakote

Price:  Rail Mount $79.99-$99.99
Hat Mount  $65-$75

Rating (out of five stars):

Quality * * * * *
Both the rail mount and hat mount are solid and nicely made. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Easy of Use * * * * *
Slide your camera in and you are good to go.

Overall * * * * *
Solid, well-designed products that do what they say they do. Period.

comments

  1. avatar D says:

    GoPro.com does not show that camera

    Is that an older model?

    Model name?

    1. avatar PK says:

      It’s the GoPro “Session”, HERO series.

  2. avatar Timmer says:

    Hero Session.
    I didn’t find it on there website either, but I found it at the “jungle river” website.

    1. avatar Daren says:

      GoPro are no longer offering the HERO or HERO5 Session but plenty of Stock is available from Walmart Online, Amazon, B&H photography- no sales tax and most ship free. Extended warranty is available also.

      1. avatar 16V says:

        GoPro may not be offering much of anything if they don”t get their finances right in the very near future.

        1. avatar Daren says:

          Very True although I doubt they will disappear totally just maybe under “new management” with new owners. 🤔

  3. avatar Daren says:

    Thanks for testing and reviewing the SIDEKICK Mounts, much appreciated. Glad you love ‘em
    Daren – Founder SIDEKICK

    1. avatar BASHer says:

      Daren,

      Cool product well executed. Have you considered making mounts for smart phones so that a GoPro could be used as a scope with the smart phone acting as the display? Doing so would obviate parallax and eye relief constraints and could be offset mounted on the SIDE to allow use with iron sights.

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