Pedco UltraClamp Review: My Favorite GoPro Travel Mount

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pedco ultraclamp reviewI hate tripods!

(Well, that's not entirely true.) But when we are traveling, I hate carrying a tripod.

On our last trip to the Galapagos, I traveled with a full-size tripod. While six pounds might not sound like much, it starts to get a little old after carrying it on my back for ten days.

Earlier this year, I discovered Pedco mounts. I bought the Pedco UltraClamp and UltraPod II, with the goal of never traveling with a full-size tripod again.

Pedco UltraClamp Review

While this mount will also work for DSLR, this review is based on my experience with a GoPro. 

The concept of UltraClamp is to use whatever object is nearby (rails, posts, benches) as the “legs” of the tripod. The UltraClamp then clamps down and provides a stable mount for your camera.

Like other Pedco mounts, the UltraClamp uses a double-jointed ball and socket head. This is easy to adjust and level.

The mount can be used vertically or horizontally – because the head so easily adjusts.

How the Sizing Works

The UltraClamp mount comes in three sizes: 1.5, 2.5, and 4 inch. I bought the 2.5 inch for its versatility.

My 2.5″ mount will clamp to anything from 1″ to 2.5″ in thickness. The actual opening is just over 2.75″, but the inside of the clamp reduces the clamp-able space to 2.5″.

Why I Love the UltraClamp Mount

Not only is this mount stable (it locks like gator jaws) it is also really small. While it doesn't look tiny, it folds down to 4 inches square.

I love that I can put my GoPro in one jacket pocket and the mount in the other. I don't have to carry a gear bag, or a tripod.

The UltraClamp is a tripod killer.

Tripods have their place – but generally not for travel photography. I've always traveled with my Joby Gorilliapod (SLR model) and this works great for both the GoPro and our DSLR. But it has some limitations.

While the Gorillapod is great for stationary applications, the UltraClamp won't lose it's grip while in motion.

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Where I've Used the UltraClamp

While the mount is fairly new for me, I've used the mount in many settings. Here are a few:

  • Bus frame: on a city tour, I clamped my GoPro to the top of a double-decker bus (pictured below)
  • Park bench: I've used this one the most – it is just so convenient (pictured below)
  • Restaurant table: Who doesn't love food photos?
  • Antique door: At Cuenca's flower market (pictured above)
  • Patio railing: At our apartment in Yunguilla Valley – to shoot some magnificent cloud movement

While I haven't used one yet, sign posts seem to be the most versatile use for this mount. Tree branches should also come in handy.

Specs on the UltraClamp

Here are the details on the UltraClamp:

  • Fits any device (camera, camcorder, binoculars) with a 1/4″ 20 tripod socket.
  • Attaches to either round or flat object from 1″ to 2.5″ in thickness
  • Holds up to 6 pounds
  • Pan Adjustment: 360 degrees
  • Tilt Adjustment: +/- 90 degrees
  • Dimensions: 4 x 1-5/8 x 6-1/8 inches
  • Weight: 6.5 ounces
  • Cost: $35

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In these next photos, you'll see how I used the UltraClamp to mount the GoPro to a double decker bus in Cuenca, Ecuador. I shot a time-lapse video of the city tour. The clamp is so strong that the camera didn't budge for the whole two hours of bouncing along the cobblestone streets.

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Final Thoughts

Even if you love your tripod, I think that the UltraClamp is a necessary addition to your gear bag.

Because it is faster to setup than a tripod, you'll be taking more photos. And I don't know of a better mount for shooting time lapse video.

Your Turn

Have you used the UltraClamp? Where? What's your favorite travel mount?

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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