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Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

 

Is the grip water proof


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Tourist
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

How do you attach to bike as I do a lot of cycling.

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Nomad
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

No

Explorer
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

Well, @nickk10 pretty much summed it up, however I'm wondering what activities you are thinking about that might get the Karma Grip wet?  In a different post, the amount of weatherproofing was being discussed and it was generally agreed upon that you should use about the same amount of care as you would a GoPro Hero4 without a case.  A little moisture is fine (light drizzle, fog, snow) but you want to avoid prolonged exposure and definitely do not submerge the Grip.

Tourist
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

Ok so I have a water proof camera now the holder that is attached to it is not. Don't you think that just silly and a major design flaw???

What things I would want to do. Well the point is that the handle has limited my experience to do more with the camera and that is the core of what GoPro is all about.

Example... imagine a swimming coach walking along the pool with the GoPro submerged and some of the handle so when they finish they can see the style he/she was doing. The cool thing would be that he could do it when he wanted and where and to whom he wished. Yes that is one of the things I would love to do.

C'mon GoPro don't drop the ball now
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Explorer
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

It's not just waterproofing that would be necessary in your example.  The calibration and balance that the stabilizer provides would need to be adjustable for different water depths and pressure.  A Gimbal is a finely tuned device that is calibrated for the weight of the camera.  If you want to film underwater it's best to use something like The Handler.  You don't get much shake or need for stabilization when the camera is submerged as the water naturally stabilizes the camera pretty well on it's own.  

 

It would be nice if there was waterproofing for added protection from the elements, but I don't think for the purpose of submersion is very necessary.  I do a lot of ocean activities including free diving and surfing but I've never felt the need for a stabilizer.  I have used the Karma Grip extensively when bike riding, snowboarding, rock climbing and rapelling, skateboarding, during family outings, and just general filming.  For these activities The Karma Grip has helped me to achieve amazing footage that looks so much better than what I was getting without it.

 

I'm sorry that the lack of waterproofing wasn't something you noticed prior to purchasing your Karma Grip.  

Tourist
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

How do you attach to bike as I do a lot of cycling.
Explorer
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

You can use the Handlebar/Seatpost mount http://shop.gopro.com/mounts/handlebar-seatpost-pole-mount/AGTSM-001.html

and the karma mounting Ring.  This will work even better when the Karma Grip Extension Cable is release in early 2017 so you don't have the complete length and weight of the Grip.  It's best if you can support the grip with the Velcro strap.  I was able to use a SAM's Splint and mold a hanging back brace off the handle bars but with a little ingenuity you can come up with other ways.  Another option is using a shoulder strap mount or a mount on a backpack strap http://www.diygopro.com/diy-gopro-backpack-chest-mount/ or even the chest mount.  The backpack strap works the best especially if you are on rocky terrain.  I was able to use the Karma backback case that has the mount bult in but there are several DIY solutions that can be done for cheap.  If you are willing to spend a little more, the Seeker is a great option http://shop.gopro.com/accessories-2/seeker/AWOPB-001.html.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Daniel

Tourist
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Re: Just got my Karma grip... is it waterproof

Thanks more than enough info... fantastic... my Birthday coming up so I know one of these will be mine :)