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By Scott Campbell
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About

The GoHat is still available! Visit http://www.gohat.weebly.com/ to order (production begins January 2015), or email thegohat@gmail.com for more info. Thank you!

About

A head mounted GoPro is a great way to capture extreme sports footage. However, the original GoPro head straps cannot keep the camera on your head in many situations. The straps fall off very easily and people lose their camera all the time. The GoHat is a comfortable and secure solution to this problem. The GoHat was designed for surfing but will work for any sport where a stable, hands free, POV camera mount is needed:

  • Bodyboarding
  • Bodysurfing
  • Skimboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sky Diving
  • Mountain Biking
  • SUPing
The GoHat is comfortable and secure
The GoHat is comfortable and secure

Background

Surfing has been my passion for many years, and I wanted to show my friends and family what it's like to ride a wave. I knew I could get great footage with a POV angle, so I tried using the elastic GoPro head straps. Unfortunately, the straps were pulled off of my head every time I dove under a wave or fell off my board. I was so worried about losing the camera, I couldn't focus on surfing. I had to come up with a better way to keep the camera on my head in strong water currents. The GoHat was designed to solve this problem. It keeps the camera mounted to your head much better than the original head straps.

The GoHat will stay on your head in any environment
The GoHat will stay on your head in any environment

Design

The GoHat is designed to be worn backwards. This is so the bill of the hat doesn't show up in the video frame. It also prevents the bill from catching water or air and pulling the hat backwards. The hat itself is constructed from stretch fit material and is one size fits all. The GoHat features an adjustable chin strap fastened with a quick release buckle. Another adjustable strap runs through a closed channel formed by the sweat band and attaches to the GoPro mounting bracket, which allows the wearer to adjust the fit and keeps the GoPro mounted tight and stable.

The adjustable chin straps are fastened with a plastic snap buckle
The adjustable chin straps are fastened with a plastic snap buckle
An adjustable head strap is connected to the GoPro mounting bracket
An adjustable head strap is connected to the GoPro mounting bracket

Design Details

The GoPro mounting prongs exit the back part of the hat
The GoPro mounting prongs exit the back part of the hat
The mounting bracket is attached to an adjustable 3/4" nylon strap that runs inside a closed channel formed by the sweat band. There will be a piece of thin neoprene padding covering the plastic mounting bracket in the finished product (not shown).
The mounting bracket is attached to an adjustable 3/4" nylon strap that runs inside a closed channel formed by the sweat band. There will be a piece of thin neoprene padding covering the plastic mounting bracket in the finished product (not shown).
The adjustable 3/4" nylon head strap is sewn into a closed channel formed by the sweat band and runs around the perimeter of the hat
The adjustable 3/4" nylon head strap is sewn into a closed channel formed by the sweat band and runs around the perimeter of the hat
The 3/4" nylon head strap exits the hat, loops through a plastic square loop, and attaches with velcro to adjust tightness
The 3/4" nylon head strap exits the hat, loops through a plastic square loop, and attaches with velcro to adjust tightness
Plastic tri-loops connect the nylon chin straps
Plastic tri-loops connect the nylon chin straps
The chin strap is adjustable, and has a quick release plastic buckle
The chin strap is adjustable, and has a quick release plastic buckle

Production

By becoming a backer, you will be first in line to receive the hat as soon as production is completed. The funding amount reflects the costs of minimum order quantities and shipping required by the manufacturer. I have sourced a factory that is able to produce the hat, sent them a prototype, and received a sample produced by them. The order for production will be placed immediately following receipt of Kickstarter funds. The factory estimates the first run of hats will be completed in 30 days. Shipping will take no more than one month after production is complete.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Many thanks to the legendary Mike Baird (www.bairdphotos.com) for mentioning the GoHat in his article, Surf Photography 101: http://bairdphotos.com/surf-photo-blurb-101/ 

Thanks to GoPro Diver (www.goprodiver.com) for the blog post about the GoHat!

Risks and challenges

The factory has sent me a completed sample to prove that they understand the design and are able to produce it. I was assured that all parts are on-hand, so no delays should occur. In the unlikely event that there are delays, I will keep everyone updated and work hard to make sure that orders are filled as quickly as possible.

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