GoPro extension Pole Review

If you are an avid GoPro user, having a good extension pole in your gear bag is a must.  Having good equipment that is easy to use and functions properly is key in capturing that epic POV (point of view) shot.  In this GoPro extension pole review, I examine key features, as well as weaknesses, of three popular GoPro extension poles on the market today; the GoPole reach, UK Pro 38HD, and the Sandmarc pole black edition.

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GoPole Reach

GoPole reach

GoPole Reach

GoPole is one of the more popular extension pole companies out on the market, especially since that is their main product base.  I have owned a GoPole for the longest period of time (about 16 months) out of the three poles I review in this post.  The GoPole reach is a great piece of camera equipment; it simply does what it is supposed to do.  My only complaint about the GoPole reach is that the twist locks occasionally don’t engage when the pole is twisted (method of engagement).

GoPole Reach specs:

  • MSRP $54.99
  • 17″ retracted 40″ extended
  • Pole made of aluminum
  • Waterproof
  • Rubber grip
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Weighs 8 Ounces
  • GoPro style mount

GoPole.com

Buy GoPole Reach 

UK Pro 38HD

UK Pro has also been making a number of GoPro accessories for several years, and does an excellent job.  The twist locks are outstanding, easy to use, and lock in place consistently.  The UK Pro comes with its own tightening knob, which works very well.  The grip is high quality and is available in orange and blue; both colors are highly visible, making this extension pole a great pick for scuba divers or surfers.  Another great features is the lanyard, which has adequate length to wear while adjusting the camera (when not fully extended).  Although this is not a huge feature, it has come in handy in water situations.  The UK Pro is my pick in this GoPro extension pole review, due to its great features, quality construction, and mid range price.

UkPro 38hd pole

UkPro 38hd

UK Pro pole 38HD specs:

  • MSRP $49.99
  • 16″ retracted 38″ extended
  • Pole made of aluminum (anodized black)
  • Waterproof
  • High visibility rubber grip
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Weighs 7.2 Ounces
  • GoPro style mount (includes knob)

UKPro.com

Buy UKPro 38HD

Sandmarc black edition pole

Sandmarc also makes a variety of gear for the GoPro user, and, like the other manufacturers reviewed above, they are a United States based company in San Diego, California.   The Sandmarc black edition pole is the best priced of those reviewed in this GoPro extension pole review, at only $39.99.  It has very similar twist locks as the UK Pro, and also, like the UK Pro, Sandmarc provides a tension knob and extra nut.  Although the added tension knob is handy, this particular tension knob is just a bit too long, which doesn’t allow the GoPro to tighten down completely and can result in the camera moving while in use.

Sandmarc black edition

Sandmarc black edition

 

SANDMARC pole black edition specs:

  • MSRP $39.99
  • 17″ retracted 40″ extended
  • Pole made of aluminum (anodized black)
  • Waterproof
  • Rubber grip
  • Adjustable wrist strap
  • Weighs 8.5 Ounces
  • GoPro style mount (includes knob)

Sandmarc.com

 Buy Sandmarc Black Edition

Here is a video of my GoPro extension pole review

 

Final thoughts:

I value a GoPro extension pole as one of my top 5 GoPro accessories and when I need to use it, having it work is a must.  My GoPro extension pole pick is the UK Pro 38HD.  Overall, it fits my needs, is a quality product, and does what I want it to do.  If you have anything to add to my review, or if you have had a good experience with another brand of GoPro extension poles, please post a comment below.

Check out my review of GoPro hand grips

Questions or help with any other GoPro accessories?  Let me know in a comment or on the contact page.

 

 

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