Sauze D’oulx : 3 Boarders 1 Skier video by Stefan Hugues
April 17th, 2014

Is it already almost the end of the season?

Thank you Stefan for your awesome video on YouTube. Great editing and very nice angles and points of views, thanks to your multiple camera accessories and XShot pole. Loved it!  

YouTube Video by Stefan Hughes

It's very cool to see the XShot in action in Sauze!

Filmed all with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition and Hero 3 Black Edition. Using pole mounts/xshot poles, tripod mounts, front/side helmet mounts to gain an array of angles. All timelapse footage is filmed with the Hero 3+ in 4k, movement done in post production by Stefan.

XShot Pro embarks in the Rickshaw Run with Team Drive Sleep Rupeet. Good luck ladies!
April 5th, 2014

April 6 is a big day for Charlie and Sherry. Our two Travel Bloggers/adventurers extraordinaire are embarking on a crazy 4,000km pan-Indian adventure for charity in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower: The Adventurists Rickshaw RunThe quest itself will begin in the town of Cochin, in the southwest of India, and shall finish in Shillong, in the far northeast corner of the country.

For those who have been XShot friends and fans for a long time, you may remember that we love the TukTuk race and already sponsored a team in 2010, the Raiders of the Lost Tuk.

 We’d like you to meet Team Drive Sleep Rupeet, leaving Sunday in their customized Indian Rickshaw, competing to raise funds for 2 charities, Cool Earth and Charity: Water, a respected non-profit organization that will use the money to provide hundreds of people in developing countries with clean, safe water.

We can't wait to see your amazing XShot Pro pictures along the road.  Have fun and stay safe ladies!!!

Tell us a little bit about your great adventure and why you chose to do it?

We are Sherry and Charlie of team Drive Sleep Rupeet. Don’t let the name Charlie fool you – we are two adventurous women who make a living out of traveling the world and finding adventures and cultural stories to write about. 

Ok – we don’t always do ridiculous adventures like the Rickshaw Run, half of the time we are actually doing really grown up stuff around the globe, but then Charlie puts the ‘Adventure’ word out there and entices me to get our of our predictable lives and live a little. 

We have a pretty glamorous resume of experiences like walking across Spain, driving across Mongolia, being in a bus hijacking in Africa, being leached, climbing mountains, jumping out of planes, eating disgusting food, drinking moonshine, and between the two of us we have been to over 120 countries. 

We hail from New York City, but are nomadic travel writers and photographers in search of a good cup of coffee, a beautiful sunset, nail biting adventures, and an occasional coconut ball. 

According to the legal papers we had to sign to be in the Rickshaw Run it is apparently a reason to get life insurance and maybe adult diapers! 

Practicing using our XShot in front of our Rickshaw

The Rickshaw Run, put on by the Adventurists, is a 2000-mile mayhem filled drive through India in an inappropriate vehicle (a motorized 3 wheel, 7HP rickshaw).  There is also a charity component to the race – we are raising money for charity: water in order to bring more clean water solutions to villages in need. Our goal is to raise $15,000 and after some great generous donations we are very, close – but we still have $2000 to go! 

2. How did you prepare for the Rickshaw Run?

We have a map…and the good news is that it’s a map of India.  Based on our experiences in the Mongol Rally, planning is futile in an event like this.  We are learning how to drive the rickshaw the 2 days before the start of the race.  We have a bevy of electronic devices that will hopefully work and provide us our GPS location, helping us get from point A to point B every day.  But that’s as far as the planning has progressed.  We will wake up each morning and drive – that's the main plan.

3. How did you hear about the XShot?

I've seen the XShot in traveler's hands around the world!  As a solo traveler I've always wanted to try one out as my own arm is only so long. 

4. What do you carry in your camera/travel bag?

Between the two of us we normally as little as possible! However you can normally find GoPro mounts, lens cloths, lens cleaner, SD cards, duct tape, extra batteries, a notepad, and a LensCoat RainCoat for unexpected weather, and our XShot Pro.

5. What will be the biggest challenge in the run?

Normally one of the hardest parts about stressful, unpredictable adventure travel like this is people dynamics.  However  – there are many others that may trip us up too – such as simply fitting into the driving in India, which is like a functioning anarchy and nothing like what we are used to.  And finally, our lack of mechanical knowledge will probably cause a few hiccups! 


YouTube Presentation of the Rickshaw Run by The Adventurists

Meet the Team:

Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger and photographer. Sherry has been blogging about her travels on Ottsworld: Travel and Life Experiences of a Corporate America Runaway since 2006. She’s a co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and national event offering career break or sabbatical travel inspiration and advice to mid career professionals.  She continues to seek out adventurous unique opportunities to challenge herself and inspire people to overcome their fears and reap the benefits of travel.

Charlie Grosso has the heart of a 19th century adventurer, head of a 21st century entrepreneur, hands of an artist. Charlie Grosso’s life is as much as expression of her art as her photographs are. Charlie captures the world with irony and sensitivity, wonder and rich understanding. Through her work, we feel deeply and think differently about people and places both familiar and alien.  She has traveled across five continents, through nearly 60 countries, via local bus, train, caravan and clunker. She has raced the Mongol rally, survived a hold-up by Ugandan rebels, and fallen in love with sublime moments through the lens of a Hasselblad. Her journey is like no other, so her vision takes us to places we never expect. Find her on SpyTravelogue

XShot March 2014 Picture of the Month: Saint Patrick’s Day Group Selfie in Mammoth
March 31st, 2014

Nothing better than a gorgeous day in Mammoth Mountain, shredding some in green for Saint Patrick's day!

Thank you Cormac for the awesome group selfie in the snow with your XShot pole!

xshot group selfie

Photo: Cormac O'Brien


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Carson Daly reports from Orange Room with his XShot Selfiestick : Jimmy Kimmel snaps selfie with Clintons
March 26th, 2014

The Selfie Battles on the networks!

The Clinton-Kimmel snapshot inspired TODAY show's Orange Room host Carson Daly to break out his XShot "selfie stick" to do a "groupie" of his co-workers. "We're gonna ask all of you when you get into work today to take your 'groupie,' your selfie … and send it to us #OrangeRoom and we're gonna put it up on the wall."

Love it Carson! That's the way to nicely get more people in the shot and not crop some of Bill Clinton's hair…

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View the Today Show segment here

Awesome XShot and GoPro Snow Tubing video at Blizzard Mountain by Gary Cruz
March 19th, 2014

Check out this great Snow Tubing self-video at Blizzard Mountain by Gary Cruz. Filmed with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black and XShot Pro selfie stick.

Don't you want to just go to Tahoe right now, just watching this?


Blizzard Mountain – Sierra at Tahoe from Gary Cruz on Vimeo.


Thank you for sharing it Gary. Love you and your family!

Must Have Travel Products by Matt Gibson for the Huffington Post
March 14th, 2014

We had the great pleasure to meet Matt Gibson at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, earlier this year. He was scouting the floors to find new innovative, versatile, travel-friendly products that would wow him and help people travel better with all the right tools and less baggage.

People always wonder what to take on a trip, especially when gearing up for an outdoors adventure, where space and weight matters a lot. What to wear, what electronics, photography and tech accessory should I take, what’s new this year?

Thank you Matt for your enthusiasm for our new XShot Pro, we were excited to show it to you in Utah and stoked to see you adopting it right away, snowboarding with your GoPro Camera. 

Check out Matt’s selection for the Huffington Post, his 11 Travel Products That You Won't Want to Leave Home Without.

1- The Eagle Creek Convertabrief

2- The Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket

3- The CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier

4- The Jetboil Flash Compact Cooking System

5- Switch Interchangeable Lens Sunglasses (with Prescription Lenses)

6- Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar-Powered Device Charger

7- XShot Pro Camera Extender

8- Pacsafe Metrosafe Bag Line

9- Arc’teryx Carda Jacket

10- Nau Tech-Nique Dress

11- Kelty Flyway 43 Backpack

The ultimate selfie machine (I took the above selfie using the XShot Pro) Matt Gibson

For full write-ups and a video featuring demos of all the products, check out the longer article on

About the XShot Pro by Matt Gibson:

"This simple yet ingenious product is one of the most useful photo accessories I’ve ever come across. It’s a simple telescoping with a handle on one end and an attachment on the other end (they have models that can hold a GoPro, smartphone, or point-and-shoot camera) for taking selfies. The attachment on the end even has a ball-joint for full maneuverability. So simple, yet so useful for a person like me who travels alone frequently, but still wants some good photos for Facebook."

Check out Matt’s first video with the XShot pole and his GoPro in fresh powder, pure bliss!


Video by Matt Gibson 

Bradley Cooper’s ultimate A-Lister Selfie at Oscars 2014: he forgot his XShot again ;)
March 5th, 2014

Imagine the fantastic group self-portrait Bradley could have taken with the XShot with Ellen at the Oscars…

He would not need to have a longer arm to make the perfect selfie…and Jared Letto would be in the shot! And when angled right, slightly above the heads we could see everyone and the background… Next time Bradley.

Our UK distributor DDLTD sent an hilarious presentation of the XShot selfie accessories, right after the Oscars. You gotta love British Humor. We do!

XShot February 2014 Picture of the Month: Costa Rica Jump by Rebecca Bredehoft
February 26th, 2014

Enjoying a day of rest at Grampa Ninja's B&B, Puntarenas, Costa Rica by Rebecca Bredehoft




Follow Becca and Cade's North American Migration : Driving from Jackson, WY to Costa Rica and back. Over 8000 miles and 7 countries in 5 months, following a winter migration to warmer flying.

Great stories, spectacular flying and beautiful photography by Rebecca Bredehoft (Professional photographer and paraglider) and Cade Palmer (Paraglider extraordinaire and speed flying instructor in Jackson Hole) . Check out their adventures, tips and fun posts, along with a lot of awesome XShot Pro and GoPro pictures:


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Fantastic Sochi 2014 Adventure by David DiGregorio and his XShot Pro
February 19th, 2014

Last night here in Sochi the United States made bobsled history by winning their first medal in the two-man event since 1952. I'm one of the few that didn't need to watch it on television, because I was watching it in person. Attending the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and I couldn't be more excited to be here in Sochi experiencing the Winter Games. 
Attending an Olympic Games is about so much more than just the events. It’s about coming together with thousands of people from all around the world in a celebration of sportsmanship. I've been here in Sochi since January and already I've made a dozen new friends from backgrounds and nationalities vastly different than my own. I've experienced Russian hospitality and friendliness unlike what I imagined and I've seen a destination I never even knew existed become the focus of global attention.
There are few sports more quintessentially Olympic than bobsled but watching bobsled in person is not easy. With sleds speeding down the track at nearly 100mph there really is no single place to watch the action from. Even harder than watching the action is capturing it. With thick crowds and obstructed portions of track it's nearly impossible to photograph a moving bobsled without an elevated position and professional camera. 
I try to always have my XShot and GoPro in my coat pocket in case something amazing happens that I need to capture. I may not have a coveted elevated photo position like the pro's, but the XShot gives me a huge advantage over everyone else. Not only can I take outrageous bobsled-selfies, but I can also rise above the crowd and capture the USA about to take off on their bronze medal run. And when everyone crowds around for the medal ceremony and I can barely see anything, my XShot makes sure I capture Olympic history unobstructed.
For more of my antics around the Olympics, be sure to check out my blog, Style Hi Club, or follow me on Twitter @Darodi.

Product Find at CES 2014 for photographers: the Datacolor Spyder Cube to use with the XShot
January 28th, 2014

As you can imagine, our week at CES was a blast and we saw a lot of great products this year. Some fabulous, some  fun, some strange and some were quite nifty and worked really well with our camera extenders.

CES 2014 was buzzing with wearable technology, connected homes, big curved TVs, Amazing 3D printing and a lot of new cameras and accessories.

We are not going to share with you today the mainstream trends you may have discovered on TV and news covering the show, but more about our finds off the beaten path and our favorites. Let's start:

Product Find at International CES for photographers: the Datacolor Spyder Cube. 

Professional photographers and amateurs all know the Datacolor and Spyder products, helping them to control color while shooting in Raw mode. We met with Michael Ritzer from Datacolor on our booth and we were delighted to hear that he was a big XShot fan for many reasons, and none of them was to take better selfies!

How to use the Spyder and XShot by Patrick Stanbro, professional photographer:

The Datacolor's Spyder Cube is a 3D color reference for setting white balance, exposure and black levels.

Attach the cube to the XShot tripod mount, extend it into the scene and take a reference shot under your lighting.

Remove the telescopic XShot pole and the cube and take your photos.

In your Raw processor or photoshop, set your white balance / levels. Then copy and paste onto all shots under same lighting.

The 3D nature of the cube gives a better representation of your subject than a flat card.

The Cube is made of hybrid resin that is fade proof, extremely durable and shock resistant.

It includes a white, 18% grey, black with detail and infinite black area, along with a chrome ball to measure catchlight.

More info and "How To" video here:

Very neat!

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