The Suckerpod is constructed of materials unsurpassed for long-term marine and outdoor use — stainless steel, anodized aluminum and high-strength fiber composite polymers.
Concerned about wind resistance while boating, paddling or sailing? With its three stainless steel legs streamlined to reduce aerodynamic drag, the SuckerPod's performance in wind and spray places this tripod in a league of its own.
At Kayalu, our materials testing of the SuckerPod began and ended in Boston Harbor — subject to salt spray, heavy seas and even the occasional nor'easter.
We've mounted the SuckerPod on a variety of watercraft including sea kayaks, sit-on-tops and stand-up paddle boards and our own classic Boston Whaler Revenge powerboat with its feet stuck to three sides of a 175 hp Evinrude outboard.
The SuckerPod easily fits the bill to join the Kayalu family of premium mounts.
Under the Hood
We manufacture the SuckerPod using ball-and-socket components patented by RAM Mounts, the world leader in mounting systems for use in challenging environments.
No expense has been spared — the SuckerPod's assembly includes 22 component parts from the RAM Mounts catalog.
These include the SuckerPod's high-strength composite power-locking suction feet and ankle joints, seven high-strength composite couplers, seven marine-grade, anodized aluminum ball joints and a lightweight, solid aluminum, triple-ball hub.
The camera head above the hub is fabricated of high-strength composite with a stainless steel 1/4"-20 standard tripod stud. An SBR rubber pad on the 1/4"-20 tripod stud protects your camera and video equipment from abrasion.
This camera head is compatible with any camera accepting a standard tripod screw including the GoPro Hero, Hero2, Hero3 and Hero4 camera with the factory GoPro Tripod Adaptor.
Our own marine-grade components and fittings complement the SuckerPod head and assembly.
The SuckerPod's stainless steel legs, insulated in UV-resistant PVC, are virtually unbreakable.
The legs have a tensile strength easily capable of managing the impact of a paddle whack or the brush of tree branches.
Below the SuckerPod's head, we've added a hefty stainless steel eye that lets you fasten the entire tripod to your deck. You can use this eye with your own cable to prevent loss of the tripod (and your camera) while you are repositioning the feet, or with a steel cable lock as a theft deterrent.
A shock cord pulled taut between this eye and your deck can provide downpressure on the tripod feet — especially useful if you are paddling through heavy seas, cruising into a headwind, or mounting the SuckerPod on a vertical plane such as a car door.
How does the Suckerpod™ differ from a Kayalu Claws-All™?
Because the Suckerpod is engineered of lighter weight materials, we don't recommend a Suckerpod for mounting a heavier camera or device.