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I'm looking to install a GoPro camera on my helmet, but I would like to screw in the mount rather than using adhesives as I don't trust them to be reliable enough. But when I search for helmet mounts on Amazon, they all seemingly use adhesives rather than being designed for screws.

How can I find the mount that I'm looking for? Presumably there's a keyword that I'm missing or I should be searching for something other than "helmet mount"?

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    I wouldn't advise screwing into a helmet, especially if your helmet is of the sacrificial type (cycle/motorcycle for example). If you don't trust the adhesive use an elastic strap mount and make sure you have a tether.
    – Separatrix
    Dec 15 '20 at 14:09
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    All helmets I own explicitly warn against this sort of thing - if you drill into a helmet you remove its strength. It will not protect you. Use adhesive mounts - they are reliable enough to stay on unless you have a bad impact. And in those cases you definitely want the camera to break away and not force the helmet to break.
    – Rory Alsop
    Dec 15 '20 at 17:10
  • This page 12 Best GoPro Helmet Mounts has some fixed by adhesive, some by screws, and some by straps. Dec 16 '20 at 12:38
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    I have to say, while I think the idea is bad, the question is a good one - though I'm about to edit the title to include the word "helmet" as there are myriad screw-mounts for other places
    – Chris H
    Dec 16 '20 at 15:58
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    sound like a good way to get really hurt.
    – njzk2
    Dec 16 '20 at 19:06
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It wouldn't surprise me if no-one made such a mount. They wouldn't want to be liable for the damage it could cause to your head in an impact, either directly or by weakening the helmet. It would also be more work to fit and far less universal, limiting sales.

The least bad way of doing this would be to drill the helmet, and screw outwards into the mount, choosing screws with the flattest heads possible. Then at least you wouldn't have spikes on the inside. But drilling the helmet would only be strong enough for the camera with a hard shell, like a whitewater helmet or a minority of bike helmets. You'd end up cutting away at the foam for the screws to have somewhere to go. So by this point you'd have weakened the shell and the energy-absorbing foam - not a good start.

A design using clamp screws through existing vents would be no good either - unless designed for a very limited range of helmets it wouldn't fit, and would likely put hard bits where you don't want them.

I have a helmet camera for kayaking (cylindrical and side mounted rather than on top like a GoPro). That's held on with a strap, stabilised by thin thread. If I hit my head it will come off without much force, rather than yanking my head round. But there's also a light lanyard attaching it to the helmet strap using a plastic link that I can spring open with 2 fingers (it's carabiner-style keyring , so I wouldn't lose it, unless it snagged and I floated away - better that than it holding me in a strainer. I've used similar breakaway approaches for head-mounted lights on the bike - the thinnest cable ties, which snap if I don't duck enough for a low doorway.

Even the glued mounts carry some risk - they're actually really strong, and a knock in the wrong direction can drive the edge of the mount through a helmet shell.

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  • There are a few mounts that strap through helmet vents. Not knowing what the helmet in question is, or even the activity type, I can't honestly suggest you use them, but they may be worth a look.
    – Chris H
    Dec 16 '20 at 15:57
  • I don't think there is a least bad way to screw something into a helmet. Just don't do it.
    – njzk2
    Dec 16 '20 at 19:06
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    @njzk2 I agree don't do it, but woodscrews pointing inwards and penetrating most of the way through the foam would be far worse than something thin and flat on the inside
    – Chris H
    Dec 16 '20 at 19:13

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