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GoPro has some big shoes. Competitors are trying diligently to fill those big shoes, but GoPro remains the standard by which all action cameras are measured.  “The HERO3+ illustrates GoPro’s commitment to innovation,” says GoPro Founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. “We took the world’s best-selling ultra compact camera and made it better because we’re relentless in our pursuit of delivering the best possible user experience to our customers.” When the Hero 3 debuted, the biggest upgrade was Wi-Fi capabilities. That was a game changer for action cameras. This year, many of us were expecting GoPro to make as much of a leap as they made last year’s upgrade. This year’s new GoPro is not as monumental as the previous upgrade from Hero2 to Hero3, but still a very nice upgrade.

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Is the new GoPro Hero3+ really even worth the hype? It’s nicer eh? But should I even consider the Hero3+?

I’ll Break it down below and let you make the decision. Fact is, yes, it IS a better camera. It’s just that we (at least I was) were expecting more from GoPro because of the huge jump they made last year from Hero2 to Hero3. The brand is untouchable. GoPro is the standard by which all mountable actions camera are measured. Everything is compared to the GoPro. This year, GoPro has made the small problems that the Hero3 had, much better and faster. The Hero3+ is simply a better camera with better capabilities.

Hardware

The processor inside has been dramataically improved. You can now see 4x as fast live feed of your camera via the Wi-Fi display. The Regular Hero3 had a five second delay on the “Live” view feed. Aggravating. Not a deal breaker, but for a $400 dollar camera, aggravating. With the new Hero3+, that 5 second delay is a 1 second delay. Much more tolerable.  This “beefed-up” processor also allows for your media transfer and viewing to be much faster. GoPro updated their Smartphone/Tablet App at the end of July which allowed you to share footage from Camera –> Device –> Social Media. Only down side to this was that you couldn’t upload it very fast because the Regular Hero3 doesn’t handle that large capacity of data very quickly. The Hero3+ is here to demolish slow upload speeds. Awesome. I’m down.

The most significant change the GoPro Hero3+ has is it’s exterior. The Camera is actually the same size. Your Regular GoPro Hero3 can fit into the new slim housing. 20% Smaller and lighter is misleading. The new GoPro Hero3+ is 20% lighter because reduced weight of the waterproof dive housing. The actual camera is the same size, but the housing has been reduced. The camera fits much more snugly in the housing. Common complaints of rattling were because the Regular GoPro had some room to jiggle around inside the housing. Inside the GoPro 3+ housing there is much less room for the GoPro to create that chatter noise.

Lastly with hardware, the microphone has been improved. The Regular Hero3 sounds very muffled when in the housing. The improved microphone on the Hero3+ is significantly better than the Regular Hero3 and picks up audio much better.

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Software

There is another new thing! It’s called Superview. Previously, we had narrow, medium and wide viewing settings. Superview grasps the full view of the lens and captures even more of your surroundings without much lens distortion. It makes the ultimate fisheye lens capture abilities even wider. This translates to more being captured from a closer range. Say you are mounting your camera inside your car. You can see the entire cabin of your car with Hero3+, whereas the wide setting wouldn’t get as much width with the Regular Hero3.

The Hero3 + also has an Automatic Low Light Mode. It will slow down frame rates to capture more light in low light situations. Personally, I have had issues with clarity in low low situations. I was a little disappointed with my Regular Hero3 on the 4th of July trying to capture the firework show. The new Hero3+ will capture low light situations much better.

Battery Life

Battery life was such an issue for GoPro that they made a Battery BacPac. Batteries are separately because if you are filming more than an hour of content without charging, you will need another battery.  Battery issues have been addressed and your GoPro Hero3+ now has 30% more battery life. 1050mAh (3.885Wh) battery in the Regular Hero 3 has been switched out for an 1180mAh (4.37Wh) battery in the Hero3+ which translates to about another 45 mins more of continuous usage. The Regular Hero3 Black will run for an hour and a half (With Wi-Fi, Protune, and 4K on 100%); The new Hero3+ Black will run for 2 hours and fifteen of constant 100% usage.

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Overall

The bottom line is that this camera is a significant upgrade. It is the refined, fit, sleek, improved version of the Regular Hero3. Truth is that it is still a good deal to get a Regular Hero3 too. It’s priced down to $330. Presumably that will remain, until they run out of Regular Hero3s. By the way, info on how many Regular Hero3s they have left is unknown, and how many more they are going to be making. As soon as i know, I will make a comment in the comments below. Even though it may not have been the monumental upgrade we were hoping for, this camera is still an exceptional piece to add. If you want to get your hands on the newest upgrade from GoPro, jump on it! It is a sweet camera that you will not regret buying. Go here to get the GoPro Hero3+ to begin documenting your adventures (or daily oddities too). Stop telling people about your thrills or even trombone skills and show them! Upload to Youtube! Upload to Vimeo! Even Upload to your Facebook. Get creative with it! Start out with some of these ideas and run with it. I’ll share your video on our Facebook if it is relative to our store. I mean who knows, this could be you if you want it to be!

But! You can’t do it without a GoPro!

 

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1. GoPro Hero 3 Black

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Michael has been wanting this camera because he can do all of his climbing and biking and YouTube them for the world to see. Instead of telling the sick lines he climbed yesterday, he can show them! GoPro just updated their Studio 2.0 program too! you can add the cool GoPro branding intro with the sound effects to all of your videos. Check it out here.

2. La Sportiva Mythos

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It’s the best fitting climbing shoes in my (and Michael’s too) opinion. It has an old-school lacing system that has been around for 30+ years thus making it actually old school. La Sportiva must be doing something right. Right? Vibram Rubber always adds value to a product. He has had his for to years and they are still kicking, or should he say… climbing.

3. Eagle Nest Outfitter’s Hammock Rasta

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Packable. Portable. Relaxation. The personalization of colors and accessories and bug shields. Just gotta have one. I mean who doesn’t like hammocks.If you get one, get the Atlas Straps too. You will be glad you did.

4. Altra Intuition 1.5 Orange

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Michael wears these everyday. I think that says enough, right?

5. Arc’Teryx Muira 35

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As a climber, Michael sees the practicality of this bag. Can’t blame him for choosing an Arc’teryx well… anything. Can’t ever go wrong with Arc’teryx. The bag opens up very nicely to have everything lain out in plain sight. AND! Wraps up very nicely too.

6.Suunto Ambit 2 Black/silver

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This is the sickest watch that Suunto carries. Who wouldn’t want this watch? The Ambit2 has upgrade-ability. You can buy a heart rate monitor separately that will allow you to monitor your heart rate zones. Along with the basic standards that come with from Suunto watches, you will have built in GPS in the watch.

7. Black Diamond Icon Headlamp

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Multiple settings allow for dim lighting and even red lights for the situations that you want to remain low-profile. The Icon flashes out 200 lumens to keep your spelunking lit up.

8. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Sweater

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The woolie mammoth sweater! Someone could mistake you as a yeti snow monster of some sorts but you will look good doing it! The retro patterns are coming back as Patagonia is pushing old school patterns across this season’s line of apparel.

9. Metolius Simulator 3D board

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A place to Practice at home. This is a trainer board that you can work finger strength with a range of shallow and deep pockets. Work on crimp and open hand strengthening. It comes with a manual to demonstrate how to work out on the board. Here‘s an example of how you can workout on the board if you want to see how good of a tool this can be for your climbing. The board is a simple at home tool to use to, when your bored (or should I say board. HA!), start getting as strong as this guy, Jan Hojer. I dare you.

10. Black Diamond Crag Hoody

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It is a slim fitting rock culture inspired jacket.

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This Top Ten List of mine is half wish list, half currently owned but 100 percent awesome-ness. Out of all the cool stuff we have in our store at Good Sports Outfitters, I have managed to narrow it down to only ten items. That is a feat.

 Ben’s Top Ten List.

1. Helinox Big Agnes Chair

This collapsible chair is a very lightweight, and very easy to set up. It is a bucket seat camping chair that will sink you into “comfort zone”. I have a blog that I wrote about this chair already so I will not bore you. If you want more on the Helinox, go here.  I simply love this chair.

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2. Arc’teryx Alpha SV Jacket

Not only does it look good, the Alpha SV Jacket is THE highest in performance gear. It is like buying a Yeti. A large cost upfront, but a product that will outlast the competition and out perform.

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3. Nixon Big Player Black

First Impressions: This watch isn’t my style. I don’t really like watches that don’t have exact times on them. They are too modern. They are too artsy. They just aren’t practical. Once I put this watch on my wrist, all of those first impressions went through the window, to the wall and I can’t stop thinking about this watch. All of Nixon’s watches are landing more in time pieces and less watch functional practicality. These watches are the pieces you wear to look good in and it is easy to do so in the Big Player.

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4. Eagle Nest Outfitters Hammocks Sunshine

I have two ENO Hammocks. One in the car for… well, who knows what, and the second in the backyard for everyday usage. I typically use it most when I take the dogs outside. They run and bring me the stick/ball/toys as I lay relaxing occasionally throwing for their entertainment.  There is absolutely no reason for me to have another Hammock other that the fact that I don’t have the Sunshine color. It’s my favorite new color that we have gotten in the store. Couldn’t hurt to have another one of my favorite things right?

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5. La Sportiva Helios

The Helios is my current trail shoe. I have read and received plenty of great reviews form Ultra marathoners and other hardcore runners that come through the store about how the Helios is their favorite trail running shoe. I am a pretty low mileage runner (10- 20 miles per week). All I know is that I have found a trail shoe that is very responsive to the loose gravel and rocks here in south/central Texas hills. My low mileage may not have as much pull as an ultra runner, but I do know I am very happy with this shoe and would recommend it to any of my friends.

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6. Burton Beercuda

So I play disc golf. It is somewhat mandatory to bring a beverage to play. Really that goes for any golfing sport. The Beercuda is a bandolier cooler for beers/sodas/sparkling water/whateverbeverageyouwishtokeepcold. Some of the staff already has the beercuda and they use them for the slopes in winter. I am taking their advice and stocking up on one or two. Only 20 bucks too!

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7. Black Diamond Magnetron

So I’m honestly also not an avid climber. I DO boulder and climb when I get the chance but it isn’t exactly my THING. I simply enjoy it, I’m not all geared out with harnesses and rope bags. What I do like is the high quality outdoor equipment Black Diamond creates.  Their latest little toy is a carabiner with magnets to create easy one handed use of a two-point locking carabiner.  A video that will demonstrate the awesome-ness is here.

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8. Swany Legend Mitt

I didn’t know how awesome this glove is until recently. I was just opening pockets looking through the gloves we have and then realized the hand-warmer pocket is actually meant for your hand to slip through.. Woah. Wait. Now I can get access to the little things while still wearing my large cozy mittens. Sweet! I am also a mitten snowboarder. You won’t catch me wearing gloves. I just don’t think they are warm (plus they are more snowboarder that regular gloves).

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9. GoPro Hero 3 Black

I have previously had the Hero 2 (until the mountain ate it. Pro Tip: Don’t trust sticky mounts in very cold weather) and I currently have the Hero 3. The biggest upgrade from the Hero 2 to the Hero 3 is Wi-fi capabilities. I use this camera as a part of documenting all the fun I have, where ever that may be. In the mountains, the beach, the lake, playin’ with the dogs. Anywhere. I take this camera with me and I don’t have to worry about most issues that come along with a regular point-and-shoot. The waterproof housing allows me to be carefree in any situation. I don’t have to show people the fun things I do, I simply show them.

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10. Benchmade AFO 9051BLK

This Knife is sick. Simply said. I use my pocket knife as a tool everyday and this Benchmade is the highest quality of American made knives. Easy one handed operation. The AFO II is an sweet knife. I have always been a serrated blade kind of person, but I am beginning to lean towards straight blade because it is much easier to sharpen it yourself.  Benchmade has always been on my wish list and hopefully Santa will make his way form the Benchmade factory and grab one for me this year. The AFO II is my favorite from Benchmade because well designed mechanics. They stand behind their product. You can send it in any time and they will restore it to factory sharp, as long as you pay the shipping. I respect a company that is publicly proud and prideful of their work.

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For those of you who don’t know, there’s a new version of the GoPro out. The Hero 3, which is available in three editions, is much smaller and lighter than its predecessors but still gives you the high quality video and ruggedness you’ve come to expect from the brand.

First up is the white edition of the GoPro Hero 3.  This replaces what the first Hero was with 5MP photos, a photo burst and time lapse options as well as your 1080p HD video.  In this, as with all the new cameras, WiFi is built in which allows you to either use a GoPro WiFi remote or your iPhone/iPad/iTouch/Android smart phone.  Even though the new form factor of the camera has rendered all your old housings obsolete, you don’t have to worry about trying to remove that perma-stuck sticky mount from your kayak.  All mounts are still compatible with the new cameras.  As with the older editions of the GoPro you have a waterproof housing (up to 60 m) included.  The nice upgrade is that this housing actually doubles as a dive housing which used to cost you an extra $50 to get your hands on.

Next up is the silver edition.  This camera replaces the Hero 2, which means an upgrade to 11MP photos, better photo burst, and still your time lapse.  The video is upgraded from the white edition in that you can shoot in the wider viewing angles in full HD as well as faster frame rates for some of the lower resolutions.  Once again WiFi is included in the camera as well as the dive housing stock. The new cameras (in all editions) can now take up to a 64GB micro sd memory card which doubles the previous maximum capacity.

Last, but far from least, is the new crown jewel of the line.  The black edition of the Hero 3 doubles most of the capabilities of the silver. Your photos get a bump up to 12MP but the photo burst takes those at up to 3x the frame rate.  Time lapse is of course included but you also have a simultaneous photo + video feature.  This allows you to set the camera to pull pictures while simultaneously taking video.  You also bump up the resolution of the video to a maximum of 4k (better start looking for a new TV) in an ultra wide viewing angle.   The black edition also boasts 2x better low light performance and a image processor that is twice as fast too.  Normally you would have to get the WiFi remote separately but it is included for this edition alone.

We’ve just restocked on cameras and accessories so that you can bring back proof from all your outdoor, or indoor, adventures. Stop by the store or our website to either add to your collection of GoPro or start one!

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