The Weirdest Camera Accessory? Ho Stevie! GoPro Mouth Mount Review

I’m going to put it out there and humble-brag that I’m a GoPro hipster. I used the first model of the camera back in 2010, when people would stop me on the street and ask me what it was. GoPros used to be attached to you via a wrist strap and were a pain to paddle in the water with. Today, I have a variety of different mounts but will give you a complete GoPro mouth mount review.

My beautiful picture

Taken from the wrist mount – a good idea in theory, but annoying as hell.

My beautiful picture

Days of the first GoPro

Since my ancient one, I’ve owned the Hero 1 and recently purchased the Hero 3+ silver edition.

I’ve seen GoPro mouth mounts pop up in the surf scene recently and always wondered if they’d be annoying to surf with. Don’t they get in the way? Aren’t they uncomfortable? They look so weird! So when Steve, the bubblegum pink haired owner of Ho Stevie! contacted me and asked me if I wanted a GoPro mouth mount to customize and review, I had to take him up on it.

A lot of people have this reaction to sticking a camera inside of your mouth.

A lot of people have this reaction to sticking a camera inside of your mouth.

Check out the video below of Mo and I goofing around with the GoPro mouth mount.

First impressions of the GoPro Mouth Mount

I picked the colors of the mouth mount to match my beloved wetsuit and made the main color hot pink to deter Moritz from stealing it (not that this worked, though!).  The materials are overall sturdy and I like that the mouth piece is from soft rubber similar to scuba diving regulators.

Virtually every part of the mount is customizable

Virtually every part of the mount is customizable

Surf trial

I wanted to take it on small waves as a test run, because I remember how annoying the wrist strap was back in the days for paddling. The mount is perfectly fine when you keep it in your mouth, but the stares from nearby surfers do take a few sessions to get used to. Mouth mounts are becoming more common, so I think the stares will fade away in the near future.

Over the course of a few surf sessions, I’ve developed a system.

I attach the leash it comes with to the zipper of my wetsuit and let the camera dangle behind me until I want to use it. If you surf with solely a rashguard or a bikini it might be distracting to hang onto. The only thing you have to be conscious of is not letting the GoPro bang into the surfboard while it’s dangling, so that it doesn’t ding the board or scratch the case. Aside from a little surf wax in the cracks of my case, my stuff is as good as new!

At first, I was hesitant to take it to breaks that required a long paddle out. Now that I’m used to the mount, this isn’t as much of a problem. I’d suggest playing with it on a beach break to begin with where you can drop it back to shore easily if needed.

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The mouth mount offers an infinitely better view than the board mount. I’ve used the board mount a few times but have never been happy with the pictures — usually my head is chopped off and it’s not an exciting angle after you’ve seen surf videos from the selfie perspective a few times.

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A more exciting POV than the board mount selfie

Breathing through your mouth is possible but gives the video a Darth-Vaderesque sound. If you edit music into your surf videos this wouldn’t be an issue, but it is something to think about if you like to leave your video audio unedited. Mouth breathing is a hard habit to break if you’re used to breathing out of a snorkel or scuba regulator.

Of course, you can always capture the in between moments that are not possible with the board mount.

Capturing the goofing-off moments that inevitably happen in between sets!

Kitesurfing

I’m not comfortable with kitesurfing yet to take it out myself yet… I can barely focus on all of my equipment enough as it is! However, I convinced Moritz to take it out and come back with a review. He expected to bring it back to shore after a few minutes but ended up keeping it with him the entire session. We’d been attaching the GoPro to the kite lines in the past and had a great time mixing up the angles between the mouth mount and line mount.

Daily Life

The mouth mount can be used for the same things you’d adhere a helmet mount to without having to actually place a mount on it. So, while it’s marketed it as a surf mount, it can be used for pretty much anything.

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View of my sunrise ride to work

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Conclusion

The Ho Stevie! GoPro mouth mount is a toy suited for people who are very comfortable in the water and can handle having something else to think about. It does take a few attempts to get used to it, but once you’ve passed that threshold it’s fun to play with and convenient to carry around.

The Ho Stevie! mouth mount specifically is customizable and priced similarly to the other’s I’ve seen on the market (that aren’t customizable). It’s not as hands free as other mounts, but lets you be more creative with your footage. I’m excited to piece together a video that is more exciting than nonstop selfies!

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6 Months Later: An Update

Well, I’ve had the Ho Stevie mouth mount for over six months now and have to admit that it is GoPro mount that I reach for the most out of all of the mounts I own. It’s easy to throw in my bag and take along with me for just about every activity. The quality has held up, and I’ve had no issues so far.

What do you think? Are they still too weird? Would you use one?

Yes, this gopro mouth mount is pretty weird! Here's a full review of whether you should buy it or not.

Many thanks to Ho Stevie! for the mouth mount! As always, all opinions are my own. 

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30 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    Haha I love that this even exists, but such a good idea! I took my waterproof camera out for a surf recently and was trying to keep hold of it in my mouth but it was such a bad idea, I paddled back to sure and threw it in my board bag in the end haha.

    Will totally look in to one of these for my go pro!
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    • Chantae says:

      Haha that’s how I used to be with the wrist mount and with the floaty pole, just resigned and tossed it back in the car. This one is nice cause it has the squishy mouth piece so it doesn’t feel as dodgy!

  2. Dulice Reden says:

    Great photos Chantae! Don’t think I could use a mouth mount though. Maybe if I took out my dentures (haha) and mounted the camera with poligrip!

  3. Melissa says:

    Loved the video…especially the song. So happy! Nice post!

  4. Sara says:

    Whaaat, I’m so confused! I get jaw ache just holding onto a snorkel with my teeth. Include a photo of it in use, I don’t believe this is a thing 😛
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  5. I don’t know about this accessory……but could always give it a try. We usually use the head mount or the chesty and those work pretty good. The perspective is pretty cool. Love the photo of you reaching out. 🙂
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    • Chantae says:

      Yeah the head mount and chesty are awesome — only downfall is they couldn’t work while surfing haha. I like the reaching out photo too! 😀

  6. Sheri says:

    I dont think I could use of of these – probably too clumsl – but then again I have never tried one. It is nice and compact and I had never seen one of these before. This is really great stuff. I love gadgets.

  7. Sriparna says:

    A mouth mount go pro? Wow! Honestly, the pics have indeed come really well. I hadn’t even heard of it surprisingly! I’m getting one soon for my coming up trip in Sept 🙂

  8. danjuma says:

    Never heard of thos item before so definitely its strange to me but from the look of things on your post, its seems a fun one to have, also I love your photos.

  9. Liana says:

    The GoPro has always been something fascisnating for me. I’ve been a huge fan of it since 2011, but never been able to take the step. I’ve been focusing on mastering my Canon 550D first, and then I’d love to go to the GoPro. I’ve been loving the effect of it and also the use, because under water was such an amazing idea to go for!

  10. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure I would be able to get used to having this in my mouth, BUT your pictures are amazing so it seems like its worth it! I don’t even have a goPro, but if I was into surfing or a similar type of sport I could see reason to buy one!

  11. It looks a cool machine, sure!I am still stuck up with my Sony Point and Shoot and I do hope that I get the time to travel (adventurously)so that the urge to buy this model becomes stron enough! Great way of explanation. I did not take the video because I am running short of internet data.

  12. Karen says:

    I’m late to the Go Pro party, as I’m a food and travel writer/blogger, so I’ve never seemed to have needed one! But, I have been thinking of getting one for some time now, for the extreme sports I sometimes do on press trips, so yes, I probably would use the mouth mount as it seems very easy and very handy to use! Karen

  13. This looks super cool. I love the view in your videos. Not sure if I’d want to use one though. If I don’t have to have mouth mounts of any kind, I tend to skip. I do want a GoPro though, badly. Even if it is more of a treat to myself than something I really need.

    Loved the review, really comprehensive (funny too!).

  14. Blair Villanueva says:

    Go-Pro is so cool and very nice to capture action-packed photos… I’m eyeing for the latest one, but then I guess my cravings can wait… I will get it when it’s on SALE 😀

  15. Miriam Ernst says:

    I’m not very keen on this accessory, although it might keep you hands free, it seems quite uncomfortable.

    • Chantae says:

      Surprisingly, it’s not too bad! The rubber is soft, so it feels like a snorkel. I wouldn’t recommend it as a replacement for a point and shoot though 😉 That’d just be strange!

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