While GoPro cameras are often used to record from the user’s point of view, wouldn’t it be more awesome if they recorded the user performing some kind of action sport? After all, that’s what these cameras are designed for. You’re not likely to hire a camera crew to follow you around, sure, but for less than $100, you can film yourself by using an extension or telescoping pole.
These accessories, however, are more than glorified selfie sticks. Yes, people use them for self-portraits, but they can also be used to capture aerial shots, tight corners, or any place that’s off-limits. Or, you can hold it over your shoulder to record yourself from behind. Most can be used as a monopod or tripod, too, while others can be angled or rotated for interesting perspectives. If you already own a lightweight monopod or cheap selfie stick, you can easily convert it for use with your GoPro by adding a tripod mount adapter. But if you want a pole that does a bit more, here are five of our favorites — each with its own unique feature set.
GoPole Evo ($44+)
Set up a river rafting shot and snap it remotely with this extension pole, one that doubles as a clip for the GoPro Smart Remote controller and a flotation device for a GoPro camera, in case it ever floats out to sea. The lightweight, translucent tube also looks invisible in the footage, rendering it ideal for self portraits. The Evo measures 14 inches retracted and 24 inches when fully extended, and a thick rubberized grip provides a nice sturdy hold. A wrist strap ensures you don’t lose the thing. The Evo even works with the original HD Hero camera.
No power? No worries. One of the GoPro camera’s Achilles heel is the small battery. The Selfie Dynamic Power Stick from Digipower’s Re-Fuel brand — also sold as the Digipower QuikPod — comes with a 10-hour battery that charges your camera while mounted, letting you decide when to stop shooting. A 1/4-inch screw mount also lets you attach it to a standard tripod, and the pole extends from 19 to 32 inches. It comes with additional accessories, too, including a Mini USB and Micro USB cables (for charging various GoPro models), a hiking clip, a rubber grip, a wrist strap, and a carrying bag.
GoPro 3-Way ($43+)
GoPro’s proprietary 3-Way is one of the most versatile telescoping poles in existence. It has two folding arms that can extend out to 20 inches, or angled for whatever shooting position you need. As the name suggests, it can also be used as a camera grip (when the arms are folded or removed) or a standing tripod; the bottom unscrews to reveal a mini tripod that can also be used independently with a GoPro. It’s also waterproof, so you can take it into the water for in-pool selfies. When folded up, it easily fits into a side pocket of your backpack. As a telescoping pole, the 3-Way is one of our absolute favorites, thanks to its flexibility and durable construction.
The waterproof Animas Selfie Stick has three extension points — 17, 29, and 40 inches — each of which is designed to suit the activity at hand. The grip is non-slip, and the pole has a wrist strap so it can be used to capture more rigorous adventures without you having to worry about it slipping from your hand. This aluminum accessory even comes with a nylon tote bag you can sling over your shoulder, rendering it the perfect tool for rain, sleet, snow, or or surf.
GoScope Boost Plus ($39+)
This ultra-light pole is made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy. Despite how lightweight it feels, this monopod is unmistakably durable. It’s waterproof, resistant to saltwater, and can withstand all inclement weather. The GoScope Boost Plus telescopes from 17.5 inches to 40 inches, so you have a lot of range options to choose from.