...and get it back in one piece
By Bruce A Johnson | August 08, 2009
I love gadgets, especially useful ones. That love is doubled when the device is reasonably priced. And gadgets that are useful, reasonably priced and related to video put me over the top. So you can imagine my interest when a fellow member of a video discussion list turned me on to the MonsterPod, which fills all three categories well.At first glance, the MonsterPod looks like an orange and black nylon-mesh suction cup, with a 1/4" tripod screw mounted in the middle. It's once you flip it over that you find the magic ingredient - a large blob of what looks like orange Silly Putty, what the MonsterPod makers call "PodGoo." You wouldn't think something this seemingly simple could stick to just about any surface - but you would be wrong. Basically, applying the MonsterPod involves shaping and bending the cup and PodGoo to conform to the rough contours of the surface you want to stick your camera to. And the list isn't limited to just flat surfaces - the MonsterPod sticks to poles, rocks, dashboards, cement, you name it. As long as the surface isn't wet, made of fabric, too greasy or too dirty, it's a good bet that MonsterPod will adhere to it, at least for a while. A good firm press - even on vertical surfaces or upside down - will fasten the MonsterPod in place. The makers recommend a maximum 10 minutes of attachment at a time, but as long as it isn't overloaded I can see the hold lasting longer.