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Review: Carry Speed MoGoPod v2.0 Monopod Stabilizer


Review: Carry Speed MoGoPod Monopod Stabilizer

Overview : The new Carry Speed MoGoPod v2.0 is a unqiue monopod stabilizer that can be used Right Side Up, or Upside Down! It's unique internal steel belt drive system adjusts the MoGoPod quickly to automatically telescope the MoGoPod to any height, and locks down with a simple twist lock.

Features :
  • Non-slip Grip
  • Simple Twist Lock
  • Rubber Foot
  • Can be used Right Side Up, or Upside Down
  • Unique internal steel belt drive system adjusts the MogoPod quickly to automatically telescope the Mogopod to any height, and locks down with a simple twist lock
  • Markings on the Carry Speed MoGoPod allow you to remember your favorite settings, and the foamed handle provides a non-slip grip and comfortable handling
  • The top of the MoGoPod platform can accept standard ⅜-16 inch or ¼-20 inch mount and includes a set screw to lock your video head down
  • Unfolded Length: 165cm
  • Folded Length: 77cm
  • Loading: 3.5kg
  • Weight: 1.11kg

Quality/Usability : This review is based on MoGoPod v1 (prototype) with an upgrade kit installed to make it function like the MoGoPod v2. Function and design are both the same.


The prototype version had screws that were not removable. If you removed the rubber foot, the screw was attached to the rubber foot rather than to the monopod. The screw mount at the top was not removable. It was pretty much backwards but still worked...if you owned a GoPro.

Other than that, all functions and features are the same on the retail version of the MoGoPod v2.0.


The top of the MoGopod v2.0 platform can accept standard ⅜-16 inch or ¼-20 mount and includes a set screw to lock your video head down.


Markings on the Carry Speed MoGoPod v2.0 allow you to remember your favorite settings. NOTE: MoGoPod v2 has the markings in the middle and not at the bottom.

 

The MoGoPod v2.0 is also the only Monopod that allows you to use it upside down. Remove the rubber foot to reveal a ¼-20 threaded stud, and re-locate the rubber foot at the top stage. Now the MoGoPod v2.0 is the perfect quick telescoping pole allowing you new perspectives with your small cameras. The foam padded handle provides a non-slip grip and comfortable handling.

The uniqueness of the MoGoPod is the twist lock. Simply twist and pull the MoGoPod to extend and twist back to lock it in place (as shown in video below). If you don't tighten the twist enough, the MoGoPod can retract if there is enough weight or force pushing it down.

The MoGoPod v2.0 can also be upgraded with various accessories, such as their tripod foot with swiveling base. Carry Speed said that they will be announcing even more accessories to extend the functionality of the MoGoPod.


Above is the picture of the upgrade kit. If you happen to purchase the MoGoPod and ended up getting the prototype version, you can contact Carry Speed at carryspeed@gmail.com. You get a new rubber foot, base and ⅜-¼ screw. My only complaint about the upgrade kit is that if you keep screwing the ⅜-¼ screw to the new plate, it will keep spinning and eventually go through. There's no stopping point. If you tighten your ball head a little too tight, it's impossible to remove the screw from the ball head with your bare hands. You'll need pliers to help remove it. On the retail MoGoPod v2, the screw has a nut in the middle and an indent on the plate to prevent this. Other than that, it definitely converted the prototype (v1) into v2.0.


Conclusion : Overall, the Carry Speed MoGoPod v2.0 Monopod Stabilizer does a decent job. It would of been nice if they added a wrist strap to monopod. Sometimes, if you don't tighten the twist lock enough, the mogopod can slide down on you. The MSRP is $150.00, which is a bit pricey but it can be purchased for around $80.

You may see the same MoGoPod offered by a company called iFootage. It's the exact same thing as the Carry Speed version with the exception of "iFootage" logo placed on the foam handle. I was told by Carry Speed that the iFootage version is an exact copycat/clone.




Manufacturer: Carry Speed
Site: Buy from Amazon
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