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Wakeye camera mount review

HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
The Wakeye camera mount is in my opinion the Cadillac of camera mounts. The build quality of the carbon fiber and aluminum mount far exceeds expectations. The system accommodates GoPro, iPhones and traditional video cameras. For more details see http://www.wakeye.com/

All I really care about is what does the video look like? Below is some footage I shot yesterday. I think the quality of the video is excellent. My skiing could use some work.

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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,220
    @Horton What camera were you using in this video?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    Nikon AW 100 not my favorite camera

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  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    Looks great. However a bit pricy. What other options are there?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    edited March 2013
    I've done a comparison with the Ski Doc. I will do a final review with that product in a week. There is also the EZ Cam

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  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited March 2013
    The Trakker 4 seems worthy of inclusion in a comparison. It's a tried and true product that is easy to mount on the top three pylons and has excellent damping. It has tighter tracking than any of the "tube over pylon" mounts which allows for a lot more zoom, and it doesn't have the buzzing harmonics inherent to the Wakeye's carbon chassis. I've seen popped handles bend the Trakker's tracking arm severely but it's easily bent back into position. A shattered carbon tracking mechanism would send the fun meter plunging.
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  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 947 Crazy Baller
    @Horton that Wakeye looks like a good unit.
    Your lake looks epic
    Your skiing is awesome keep it rollin!!!
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 821 Crazy Baller
    edited March 2013
    Don't have any experience with these camera mounts but it would appear to me that some built in dampening would be benifitial to smooth out the picture as the slight bit of slack is being taken up coming out of the turn.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @Dacon62
    That is dampened pretty darn well compared to all camera mounts

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  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 821 Crazy Baller
    Chalk that comment up to, as mentioned, lack of experience with any mounting systems.
    It sure does a better job than the guys I ski with!
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    Wakeye is produced in NZ.
    Does anybody know what the total price would be in US (incl tax and shipping).
    ?? Can I order one test version directly from Horton =0) ??

    To Sweden it is normally 100% extra costs....
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator

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  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    Thanks Horton
    I have contacted them.
    Wakeye with I-Phone and regular knob fittings are approx 310 incl shipping and small tax to US.
    This is a bit on the expensive side but I only live once and can share this with a friend.
    (Shipping was approx 27 USD in case some Baller wants one).
    My friend from Dallas will ask someone to bring it over to me.
    I hope to get it in time for first training coached session in June.

    Gd night!
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,586 Administrator
    @gsm_peter
    Let us know what you think when you get it

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  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    Morning Horton

    Yes of course I will if you think that would add value!

    My friend order from NZ to Dallas (1-2 weeks)
    Then send it with next Ericsson friend that go to Stockholm and have space in the luggage 0-5 weeks more.
    Then I have to wait for the ice at the club to disappear and water to warm up slightly lets say May 10th best case.
    We will for sure use the Wakeye for a coaching session in Italy June 5th -10th.

    After this I can try to provide an additional '15 off review' =0)
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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,270
    I talked to Wakeye last week about their progress in modification for adding a Shocktube...They said they were testing it at a Tournament this weekend and would get back to me with the results. I plan to order one as soon as they work that out.
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  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    Small review as promised after some played around with our Wakeye.
    I ordered the generic mount threded knob and also the I Phone 5 mount.

    Summary:
    Great and fast shipment.
    State of the art product.
    Create very stable films.
    Camera holder (foot to sky angle) could benefit from a bit more friction.
    Smart phone holder too phone product specific.
    One will replace phones way more often than getting new holders.
    Also the holders are a bit expensive in the long run compared to a real nice cam cam coorder.

    I would highly recommend this to all skiers.


    Product:
    Small production series with a lot of machined (miter) parts.
    Easiy to adjust fitting to the pylon.
    Just add suitable rubber pices thickness (included, with tape)
    The rotatation head is very precise.
    The arm slides fairly easily into the bottom of the rotation head.
    Maybe a bit hard spring function for the release.
    The wings that holds the rope is also carbon fiber.
    Maybe a small risk of rope wear and tear.

    The smart phone holders are also mitered out of a solid pice of very durable plastic.
    Again the guy who designed and programed the machine knows his job.
    Even the tiny small tracks from the miter is layed out in a beatiful pattern.
    Super airspace quality.

    Usage:
    Mounting is very fast and simple.
    Changing ropes are also no problems.
    The instruction tells you to open using the spring.
    It is faster just to stick the rope throug the holder.

    Mounting the camera is fast.
    However it takes some time to adjust to proper zoom and proper sky - feet angle.
    One must also not use full zoom in at the turns.
    Especially for less skilled long line skiers that get slack in the turns.
    Most filming with a regular Sony HD cam corder type two years old.
    Correctly adjusted the films are great.

    One has to pull the screw very hard to keep the camera still throug out a full set.
    It tend to only film the sky after a few passes.
    This became better after a few uses.
    Maybe there was some lubrication - cooling fluid left.



    Sorry for Language errors.
    Not English speeking using phone witout spell checker.
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
    eurosport
  • auskierauskier Posts: 460 Baller
    digging up an old thread..
    has anyone else had more experience with the wakeye?
    I am considering using one for boat footage for upcoming RC tournaments. Anyone know of one being used for multiple rounds in a day? any issues with it staying tight for an extended period? pros? cons?
    thanks
    Toby
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,077 Mega Baller
    Cedar Ridge uses one for their records. I think i am going to get one this year for practice!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    @gsm_peter For more vertical friction, tighten the camera to the mount using a Philips screwdriver and crank it up a as tight as you can. It's impossible to get it tight enough for even the smallest handle-pop using just the thumb screw. I've been making mine extremely tight for a couple of years now and haven't broken or stripped anything yet.
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    gsm_peter
  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    @SkiJay
    Thanks for the advice. Will try this.

    Btw. I think I have a film of a full 10 minutes set on my pc if it help evaluate the cam mount.
    It might take some time to upload the clip.
    UNFORTUNATELY it is only me at the end of the rope.
    This would then be poor skiing at [email protected], 30 and maybe my first try on 32.
    And 10 minutes with me is most likely very boring!!

    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
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