Unlike some other sports like skiing or surfing, running is something that for many is a part of their daily routine! And, wearing your GoPro while you’re on your running route can be a great way to track your progress.
With the built-in HyperSmooth stabilization technology in the latest GoPro models, capturing your runs via GoPro is even more fun! You get super smooth footage even without using a gimbal.
However, to create quality videos of your runs, you need some mounts and accessories with your GoPro.
In this tutorial, you’ll discover the five best GoPro accessories/mounts for running.
I’ll also provide some GoPro running tips to help you create professional-quality videos.
5 Best GoPro Running Accessories/Mounts
Here are the five best GoPro running accessories/mounts:
GoPro Head Strap + QuickClip
A Great Mount to keep your GoPro Stable
- Compatible with all GoPro cameras
- Includes: (1) Head strap
- Includes: (1) Quick clip
The GoPro official Head Strap is one of the most popular GoPro accessories to capture great hands-free, POV footage. It’s a great mount that keeps your GoPro stable even when you’re running. And, with GoPro’s HyperSmooth stabilization, you don’t need to worry too much about shaky video too.
Regarding the mount, it’s super lightweight and portable so you can easily wear it while running. Plus, it’s adjustable to all head sizes. The included Quick clip even lets you attach your GoPro to a backward baseball cap.
GoPro Chesty – Performance Chest Mount
The most comfortable GoPro Mount for Running!
- Lightweight, flexible construction balances comfort and performance
- Padded and breathable materials stay comfortable during any activity
- Fully adjustable to fit a wide range of body types and over heavy winter jackets
The GoPro Chesty – Performance Chest Mount is one of the best GoPro running accessories. I personally love to wear the GoPro Chesty while running. It lets me get some amazing POV shots, plus its padded design makes it super comfortable too!
The GoPro Chesty keeps the camera centered and fairly stable. With this mount on, you get a great view of the surroundings. And, while running, it even captures your arms in the frame. This gives an overall better perspective of the shot.
GoPro Shorty Mini Extension Pole with Tripod
A nice multi-purpose GoPro Mount for Running
- The pocket-size Shorty (4.6in, 11.7cm) is the perfect partner for on-the-go...
- Extend Shorty up to 8.9in (22.7cm) for group shots, selfies and other hard-to-reach...
- Prop Shorty up on any level surface with its built-in tripod
The GoPro Shorty Mini Extension Pole with Tripod is pretty awesome in many ways! Its compact design makes it ideal to take along for just about any casual activity. You can film some wonderful Instagram stories of your running using its tripod with HyperSmooth on. You can rest assured that you’ll get amazing footage!
The mini extension pole of this mount can be used as a selfie stick which is nice for shorter runs because it keeps you in the frame. However, the extension pole isn’t comfortable for longer runs as carrying it for the entire duration of your run can be a hassle!
Telesin Backpack Shoulder Strap Mount
Another great GoPro mount for quality POV footage
- 【Great Compatibility】Compatible with GoPro, OSMO ACTION, Sony Action Cam, 360fly,...
- 【Perfect Outdoor Shooting Accessories】Perfect for hiking, skiing, mountaineering,...
- 【Comfortable and Stable】TELESIN Shoulder Strap Backpack Mount is made of elastic...
The Telesin Backpack Shoulder Strap Mount is another great GoPro mounting option for running. It’s ideal when you’re carrying a backpack along with you while running. Just strap the GoPro to your backpack, and you’re good to go!
The mount clamps really well to all kinds of backpacks and is padded well to ensure comfort. Overall, it’s a very useful mount to capture some great shock-free POV shots of your running. If you want to shoot varied angles and lower-than-head view, this one is for you!
3-in-one Mount to capture different perspectives
- 3 in one design: Can be used as a camera grip, extension arm or tripod for ultra...
- Handle doubles as a grip: The handle can be detached from the arm and used as a...
- Tripod stored inside handle: Inside the handle is a small tripod that can be removed...
The GoPro 3-Way is a wonderful 3-in-one accessory by GoPro that can prove to be really useful to capture your runs. You can use it as a camera grip, an extendable folding arm, or a tripod. So, you don’t need to buy separate mounts for different uses.
I like how compact the GoPro 3-Way can become, and the fact that you can extend it from 7.5 to as long as 20 inches! When you extend the pole fully, it gives you a nice perspective shot of the race (and the people behind). Another thing I love about this GoPro accessory is that it has legs that you can unscrew from the bottom and set up a tripod which you can keep at the start or end of your running track. So, nobody needs to stand at the beginning, or the end holding the camera.
Here are some tips that might come in handy while shooting your runs with the GoPro:
Use GoPro Voice Control
GoPro Voice Control feature is really useful when you’re on a run. You just have to give a voice command like “GoPro, start recording,” and “GoPro, stop recording,” without even having to fiddle with the camera.
Set the Lens to Wide or Superview
I prefer setting my GoPro lens to Wide or Superview while going out for a run simply because it allows me to get a much wider context of the surroundings. For example, when you’ve mounted your GoPro to your chest, a wider view would ensure that your shirt or shoulders aren’t filling up the edges of the frame. Also, a wider angle aids in the reduction of all the bouncing that happens while you’re running.
Set the HyperSmooth at Maximum
GoPro’s HyperSmooth EIS technology eliminates the need for a gimbal, even when you’re running. So, set the HyperSmooth at Maximum. This setting would apply a tight crop to the footage, but the resulting video would be super stable.
If you use GoPro ProTune while shooting your runs, you’ll be able to fine-tune the exposure of your footage. There are several Protune settings that you can adjust, like shutter speed, white balance, ISO, even the audio. Enable ‘wind noise reduction’ in Protune audio settings for surprisingly clear audio of your running footage.
Recommended GoPro Settings for Running
- Minimum Resolution: Full HD 1080p / 60fps
- Lens: Wide or SuperView
- HyperSmooth: Maximum
- Duration: No Limit
- Slo-Mo: 2x Slo-Mo enabled
My Favorite GoPro Running Mount
While all the mounts mentioned in this article aid in creating quality running shots with your GoPro, my personal favorite is the GoPro Chesty. I love its super-comfortable fit and the amazing quality of POV shots it provides.
But, that’s more of a personal preference. You can choose any of these mounts according to your convenience, and you’re sure to capture some amazing shots of your runs. Just don’t forget to keep the settings on your GoPro accordingly (Refer to the tips above).
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I hope this guide helped you know about the five best GoPro accessories/mounts for running. 🙂
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