Monster Pod MPX01C Tripod Stand
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- Viscoelastic Morphing Polymer Super Grip base
- Molds, grips and sticks to nearly any surface until you peel it off
- The perfect traveler's tripod
- MonsterPod weighs only 6 ounces (170 grams)
- MonsterPod holds up to a 10 ounce compact digital camera
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What's a Monster Pod? A gravity defying camera tripod. (But not really a tripod because it has no legs.) MonsterPod employs a patented "viscoelastic morphing polymer" base, kind of like "silly putty" that will stick to virtually anything. Imagine all those times that you wanted to take a picture and could have used a tripod you did not have; like when you want to be in the shot but can't, or you needed a slow shutter speed because it was twilight or dark out. The MonsterPod is small enough to keep in a camera bag but so versatile that it turns your entire surroundings into a tripod. Sticks to trees, poles, fences, ceilings, wet things, dry things, boats, rocks, 1000 things and counting.
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Sorry folks, this is not a product I recommend you to get or spend any money on.
Horizontal - No effort here, and makes the camera real stable.
Vertical - Needed some pressure on the glass but it stuck well. I would however recommend that you be careful with this one because the surface is less grainy and I felt that if you didn't secure it well enough you could have something fall.
Upside down - Seemed to with no problems. I was able to lift my glass table top with it. What's interesting was I was able to see how efficiently I was securing the Monster Pod. I did this a few times over and over again to be sure I had a system down for more secure fastening.
Thoughts: No residue left behind.
H - N/A
V - Stuck easier then the glass. I didn't see any sort of creeping but the camera I used weights just a little over 5.11oz.
U - It stuck wonderfully with no problems.
Thoughts: No residue left on my walls.
H - Again, no problem.
V - Worked a bit like drywall and glass combined as far as the surface goes.
U - N/A
Glass results are all the same.
H - It was warmer in my car so molding it to the dash was no problem. It stuck very nicely and handled my driving around over speed bumps and quick turns.
V - I had a bit more trouble with this one. Getting it to stick was sorta hard as I really don't have a flat surface. Most are curved and are very small. I did however get it to work.
U - N/A
Thoughts: As you can see above there was some residue left behind. I wouldn't really call it residue. It seemed to suck up the oils from the vinyl dash. I wiped it down with sponge and it was mostly gone. I then added Armor All and it was restored. For recording while driving I recommend using Panavise 809 CCTV Camera Window Mount This works a lot better. I also worry that the Goo for Mnster Pad would ooze out if it got to warm.
H - Easy peazy.
V - Again no problems here but I wouldn't go driving around with it on there.
U - N/A
Thoughts: I noted that you really don't need the goo on Horizontal settings to be exposed. It works great a s a quick tripod and it will keep your camera falling off uneven surface.
H - N/A
V - Worked great. I have no complaints.
U - N/A
Thoughts: This is where I stopped testing it. Mostly because I had run out of surfaces in my immediate area.
I think this product works great. You have to be mindful of how much weight your mounting to it and the surface you plan on sticking it to. If it's something like a tree or a rock you should be careful and clean the surface as best as you can and not apply to surfaces that you can not clean. It,s easy to use and you don't even have to use the goo in most horizontal settings. It has ha wide base so even when it's a bit breezy outside you can take a photo and not worry about it tipping over. There are also a lot of settings where I wouldn't use it. Anything I felt was really porous I wouldn't recommend putting it on. I'm pretty sure you would lose stuff. I also did a bit of research on this product and read somewhere that there was a 1st generation material that had a lot of problems with residue left behind (2006). Since then, they have changed the makeup of the goo. If you watch the CNET review you can see the Monster pod before they changed it to what I have now. [...]
In short, this is not the miracle gecko-foot material or whatever... it's just basically silly putty. It may be useful, but don't expect much more than that.
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