Kayalu aerodynamic mounts

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Aerodynamic Suction Mounts

$39.95 - $84.95
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RAM Mounting Systems

RAM Expedition Kayaks blog review of Kayalu Ram Mounts suction camera mount

Kayalu suction-cup camera mounts are rugged and reliable whether on deck for a sea kayak expedition or recovering from a roll in frigid seas.

For paddlers interested in performance, Kayalu mounts and extensions offer unparalleled stability along with streamlined response to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces of wind, waves and surf.

We've taken time to test our own custom modifications and fittings in contact with water, salt and caustic elements common to marine environments. On Boston Harbor and the Charles River, we calibrate improvements to each Kayalu suction mount with an intent to resist corrosion season after season, year after year.

Unsolicited review of
Kayalu suction mount with Kayalu Toughbar arm
by pro paddler Luciano (Luke) Rovner aka Kayak Hipster.
To view on YouTube, click here

At Kayalu, we don't cut corners.

Kayalu SuckerPod RAM Mounts Camera Tripod
SuckerPod® Suction-Cup Tripod

Competitive camera mounts for outdoor use are manufactured of ABS plastic and PVC, plated steel bolts, aluminum rivets, and zinc-plated fittings — all materials subject to rapid corrosion in marine water and sunlight.

RAM Mounts camera and video adaptors.
standard camera adaptor (top) and wide-base video adaptor (bottom)  

With a Kayalu mount, you're protecting your deck and your treasured camera, mating both to a tripod stud and assembly that isn't deteriorating with every use.

RAM Mounting Systems Power Locking Suction Cup Camera Mount
suction camera mount
with standard camera adaptor
view in catalog $64.95

RAM Mounting Systems Power Locking Suction Cup Camera Mount
suction camera mount with
loss-proof GoPro® Hero Adaptor
view in catalog

Kayalu camera mounts are manufactured of a composite fiber polymer — far more rugged than ABS plastic, with marine-grade aluminum arms and studs, stainless steel extension arms and bolts, and Kayalu's trademark marine-grade fittings and accessories.

Mounted to a truck, boat or plane, our suction cup mounts for camera, video cam, GPS, fish finder, iPod and iPhone are unique in quality and versatility.

Reviews in paddlesports magazines and blogs most frequently qualify Kayalu suction mounts as "best in class." Not only do we put elbow grease into our assembly and testing, we're an authorized Original Equipment Manufacturer of RAM Mounts, the world's leading manufacturer of mounts and components, each battle-tested use in for harsh environments.

Kayalu Suction Mount with GoPro Hero camera tripod adaptor

Just examine any competitive mount. It's likely you'll find a zinc-plated screw, rivet or fitting, or a cheap aluminum baseplate or brittle plastic handle where the manufacturer skimped on stainless steel and fiberglass composite construction.

When you're out in the middle of a lake or on rough seas, construction matters. You won't have an opportunity to reflect on false advertising of subgrade materials mislabeled as "marine-grade."

From tip to tail — suction-cup fittings to the thread for your camera, Kayalu mounts are manufactured of composite, stainless steel and marine-grade aluminum structural components.

We've integrated RAM's power-locking suction technology with premium-grade accessories and fittings, adding our trademark nylon-coated tether and steel clip, abrasion-proof camera pads and rubber bushings.

Kayalu Suction Camera Mount with GoPro Hero
GoPro® Hero camera on a Kayalu power-locking suction mount takes a licking from shore to surf.
photo/video credit: Ofer Cohen
Kayalu Suction Camera Mount with GoPro Hero on waterline

Kayalu's suction mounts are shipped fully assembled and tested, ready for installation on a non-porous surface such as a smooth plastic, composite polymer, fiberglass kayak deck, car hood or windshield, gelcoat boat transom, airplane or helicopter control panel.

The RAM Power-Locking Suction Cup Video Mount (top left, $39.95) and RAM Power-Locking Suction Cup Camera Mount ($39.95) each provide a unique opportunity for you to secure your digital camera, camcorder or speedlight using a locking vacuum cup design similar to the mechanical suction cups used by professional glass installers.

Kayalu camera and video mounts are also available fully assembled with an optional stainless steel Toughbar® extension arm giving you extended reach and flexibility.

Our Toughbar extensions are not only durable, they are streamlined for aerodynamic performance in harsh weather conditions.

Unsolicited review of bolt-on base with Toughbar extension
by adventurer / expedition paddler Mike Reid.
To view on YouTube, click here

Wind Resistance on Kayalu Toughbar arm

Streamlined Response to Wind + Water

Kayalu mounts are designed for the active paddler. Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic responses to wind and water are critical factors in the efficient use of a paddler's energy. Every millimeter of mount and pole diameter contributes to resistance.

Kayalu's engineering objective is to maximize structural strength of extension arms with the least weight and drag acting on the deck.

Even on a balmy day, forward motion of a kayak is impeded by poles, mounts and components. Airflow around blocky, blunt or wide-diameter objects causes air currents to separate, creating negative pressure on the backside. This negative pressure is experienced as resistance acting against the forward motion.

A narrow pole or mount, by comparison, allows air and water to move around and over its surface, causing little to no separation. This is a significant advantage to the paddler.

Mounting gear other than a camera?

Kayalu mounts are available for iPhone, iPod, GPS, cameras, video, binoculars, waterproof boxes, and more, each with an optional Toughbar arm.

RAM Mounting Systems

The RAM Locking Suction Aqua Box®, available in four sizes (at right, $64.95 and up), holds and protects your valuable electronic devices, papers and objects from rain, snow, sand and saltwater.

Great for maps and electronics, an Aqua Box is even a perfect place to keep a sandwich and snacks at your fingertips while you keep your eye on the road or on heavy seas!

The Locking Suction Aqua Box is waterproof. This mount and our added accessories are constructed of premium-grade materials, all suitable for use in marine environments.

RAM Mounting Systems

Our RAM Locking Suction Binocular Mount (shown with Toughbar® at left, $84.95) is the only marine-grade binocular mount of its kind.

We've added a binocular tripod adaptor atop RAM's power-locking suction mount, providing you with both a powerful binocular mount and a camera/video mount as well. Perfect for birdwatching!

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RAM Mounting Systems

The locking suction cup at the base of this unit provides an exceptionally strong grip by comparison with competitive suction-based mounts. Cleanly affixed to any non-porous surface (glass, steel, fiberglass, enamel, plastic, etc.), the mount can support up to 2 lbs. (.9 kg).

The suction cup is able to adhere to a glass window, fiberglass deck surface or car fender by power-locking its vacuum grip to the surface through the action of a mechanical lever arm. And when you want to remove the mount, you simply twist the lock counter-clockwise and pull up its small rubber tab.

All Kayalu accessorized RAM Mounts products are made and assembled in the USA.

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GoPro HD on Impex with Kayalu Toughbar mount

Looking for a camera tripod with suction cup feet? Our SuckerPod is the only marine-grade tripod of its kind. Click here for more information.

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