March 9, 2012

Make Your GoPro a Tank With HEADCASE PRO and HEADGEAR

If you've ever used a GoPro, you know how versatile they can be, but with their plastic bodies they can break rather easily. While a couple hundred might not seem like a lot to replace one, doing it more than once could get very costly - and for those who put their GoPros in serious harms way on a daily basis, it's not a matter of if, but when, you'll have to replace it. From Jim Clark comes a Kickstarter project aimed at creating an almost indestructible housing for your GoPro HERO and HERO2.

Thanks to Stefan Gier for the heads up on this product. Check out the Kickstarter here and the video embedded below:

Here are the features of the HEADCASE PRO:

  • Retrofit design works with both the GoPro Hero and Hero II cameras.
  • Keep out grime and moisture with rubber sealed buttons, windows and door.
  • Protect your camera from extreme abuse with aluminum and stainless steel construction.
  • Mount your camera anywhere, in any configuration with 9x quarter-twenty threaded holes.
  • Say NO to lens damage with the protective screw-on lens ring - 40mm filter threads and rubber lens cap included.
  • The GoPro camera body is protected from extreme shock by foam pads embedded inside the case.
  • Access all cable ports just by removing the sealed rubber inserts.
  •  All four tally lights on the HERO 2 remain visible via sealed, acrylic light tubes.
  • The GoPro’s delicate front display and tally light are protected by a single, replaceable window.
  • There's no need to carry multiple doors anymore! Use your camera stand-alone, with the GoPro battery Pack or with the GoPro Monitor. The HEADCASE has a rigid, reversible-flippable rubber hood with embedded acrylic window that fits tightly inside the rear door. 1 hood=3 modes.

These are the features of the HEADGEAR:

  • Retrofit design works with both the GoPro Hero and Hero II cameras.
  • Keep your GoPro dry while getting all of the mounting options used by the pros! Mount your camera to anything via one or more of the 8x threaded mounting holes.
  • Protect your clear lens with the included screw-on lens ring and rubber cap.
  • The super-tough anodized aluminum HEADGEAR frame prevents damage and destruction to your fragile camera.

While the Headcase Pro is the more durable and rugged of the two, it's also more expensive. At $328 for the HEADCASE PRO and $128 for the HEADGEAR, they certainly aren't cheap, but as Jim says in his description, manufacturing in small quantities is very expensive and costs will come down - but you've got to help his Kickstarter get over the finish line to make that happen.

If you've been looking for a good case for your GoPro, both of these solutions look incredibly robust and do more than just protect the camera, they also give plenty of options for mounting - which makes for a far more professional shooting experience.

Link: UNRULY HEADCASE  + HEADGEAR Housings for GoPro - Kickstarter


Here's the HEADCASE PRO - and below is HEADGEAR:

Your Comment


Even tough it seems like a great idea the price jsut simply kills it...

You know the law of suply and demand....

Nearly nobody who buys a camera for 300€ will buy a case for the same ammount of money, the Gopro is pretty durable at this time and if it breaks it would be easier to jsut replace it imo

March 9, 2012 at 10:27AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


"(...) and for those who put their GoPros in serious harms way on a daily basis, it’s only a matter of if, not when you’ll have to replace it."

I think that might be the opposite of what you meant to say.

March 9, 2012 at 12:52PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Yep, fixed it. The not needed to be in a different spot. And only needed to get out of there.

March 9, 2012 at 2:55PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

Saw this a couple of weeks ago, and while it does look sleek and provides a few more mounting options and such, I just don't see it as that much of an improvement for the price. I ran over my GoPro in my car when it came unmounted once (won't go without safety straps again), and it still survived, even kept running. All I had to do was replace the front lens dome on the case. It's also unusual how his price point is working; most other Kickstarter campaigns try to reward your early support with a lower price point than future retail price, which is a great simple incentive.

March 9, 2012 at 12:59PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Can't use this underwater though, or am I missing something?

March 10, 2012 at 4:35AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I believe the HEADCASE Pro is only water resistant, but the HEADGEAR can be used with the GoPro underwater kit. So these devices themselves aren't waterproof, but the HEADGEAR can be used with the waterproof housing.

March 10, 2012 at 6:01AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

The Gopro waterproof housing is horrible. Once you put it underwater it acts as a second lens and has focusing issues. You need to buy a third party waterproof lens addon or case to make it work as promised.

March 12, 2012 at 4:53PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


looks nice, but what weight is it? The original GoPro gets kind of heavy with the box when mounted on a helmet...and this looks like it will exacerbate that problem.

It is too expensive for what it is protecting. *If* you destroy your another GoPro. In my case, that would be great b/c then I would buy a Hero2 instead of the Hero I currently own.

The GoPro mounting system sucks, and this does improve on that a great deal. I hate those little screws with the handles b/c they break out of the handle, so when you try to thread it, the screw backs out of the handle and you can't get the threads started. Using standard 1/4-20 (mounted from several possible angles) really improves that.

March 22, 2012 at 10:37PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Daniel Mimura

This is awesome. Please let me know when you are ready to sell some!
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May 5, 2012 at 4:00PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Jake Barlow

Am I missing something . It says moisture but not a depth it can be taken to....why spend that kind of money with no waterproof rating ?

September 1, 2014 at 5:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM