Joby GorillaPod Tripod

After people burned their selfie sticks, this phoenix of a gift arose from the ashes. This Joby phone tripod is a refreshing solution to the selfie stick scourge. And it makes a great gift for any insta-star in training looking for their first break.

the story

Joby started cranking out their patented GorillaPod tripods way back in 2006. Since then, they’ve become the industry standard for flexible tripods that can literally be placed anywhere — poles, fence posts, street signs, people, anything.

why we like it

We like the Joby GorillaPod Tripod for two reasons: first, it’s a great product.

The build quality is top-notch. Each flexible leg has rubber strategically placed to maximize its holding power. The legs can be flexed over and over again without developing any play or floppiness. And the phone mount grips so tightly you’d feel confident hanging your precious iPhone upside down with it.

The second reason we recommend the GorillaPod is the new frontier of photography you unlock. Nowadays, smartphone cameras rival DSLRs in quality, but using a handheld rectangle to capture sunsets and slo-mo videos just doesn’t cut it.

Slap that same smartphone on a tripod and immediately, your photography is upleveled. Still shots are a breeze and those shaky time lapse videos are a distant memory.

And if you’re planning on traveling this is a must-have. It’s compact and way better than lugging around a selfie stick.

the competition

Joby’s GorillaPods are the industry standard when it comes to flexible tripods — they did, after all, pioneer them. A quick Google search reveals cheaper imitators, but other knowledgeable reviewers put Joby well above the competition. C’mon, just look at those awards.

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