Here’s a review and comparison of Best360 Monopod, a carbon fiber monopod designed for 360 cameras. I’ll compare it to the Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick and to the Bushman Monopod.
Monopods and selfie sticks are essential for 360 cameras. Not only are they for static shots, but you need a selfie stick to create a third person view (the invisible flying camera effect). But which selfie stick or monopod should you get?
TYPES OF MONOPODS
Some selfie sticks are designed for portability, such as the One R selfie stick. Other monopods are designed to capture a cinematic, drone-like perspective. These are usually at least 9 feet long such as the Telesin monopod. Then there are the general purpose monopods which are around 4 feet long and can fit inside a backpack. This includes the Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick, the Bushman monopod, and the Best360 monopod. How does the Best360 monopod compare to other monopods in its category? Best360’s Shanil Kawol sent me a unit for testing.
The Best360 monopod is a carbon fiber monopod with a counterweight and a stand. It has five sections and uses twist locks. When collapsed, the Best360 is about 15.5 inches, a couple of inches shorter than the Bushman v1 (18 inches), while being about 4 inches longer than the collapsed Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick.
When fully extended, the Best360 (59 inches) is about as long as the Bushman (60.75 inches). Both of them are about more than a foot longer than the Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick (45.5 inches).
In terms of weight, the Best360 is significantly lighter than the Bushman because of its carbon fiber construction. Bushman is about 237 grams, while the Best360 is 191 grams, almost 20% less weight than the Bushman. The lower weight might not seem like much but over extended use, a lighter selfie stick will cause less strain on your wrist. Moreover, carbon fiber is stronger and stiffer than aluminum. Carbon fiber is also better at absorbing vibrations.
The Best360’s shaft is a little thicker than that of the Bushman, by about 3 mm diameter.
Both are slim enough to be invisible to a 360 camera but the very top part of the Bushman is about 1 mm narrower than Best360.
Best360 includes a small tripod and a counterweight. The counterweight is about 500 grams and is made of stainless steel. One difference is that the Bushman’s counterweight comes in two pieces that can be split up, which makes it more versatile. On the other hand, the Best360’s counterweight has an anti-slip pad on top to reduce the chance of the counterweight loosening or falling off.
Both the Best360 and the Bushman include a tripod. The Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick does not include a tripod, but Insta360 has a Multipurpose Tripod with extendable legs. When collapsed, the Insta360 Multipurpose is only 5 inches, making it more pocketable than either the Best360 or Bushman. When fully extended, Insta360 also has the widest radius of about 9 inches, compared to around 6 inches for the Bushman and 6.75 inches for the Best360 tripod.
However, Best360’s tripod has tripod holes in them for attaching additional counterweights. Furthermore, Best360’s tripod has two angles: flat and raised. However, Best360 recommends against using the raised configuration because it has a higher chance of being toppled over by the wind. Best360’s tripod is also solidly built and is made of steel. Insta360’s tripod has lower quality construction and is more flimsy.
Summary; where to buy for extra discount
Best360 is an excellent monopod with a design that is similar to that of the well-regarded Bushman monopod but Best360 is made of carbon fiber, which is not only lighter but is also stronger than stiffer than aluminum. I do wish that the tripod legs were longer, and I’ve told Shanil about that. For now, I will probably pair it with the MT-02 stand (reviewed here) for better stability. I also recommended to Shanil to use three smaller counterweights instead of one large counterweight so that users can attach the weights to the ends of the legs. Notwithstanding these minor issues, the Best360 monopod is a very good monopod and I plan to use it as my primary general purpose monopod in place of the Invisible Selfie Stick.
If you want a low-cost monopod that still works pretty well, I would still recommend Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick ($20) because it is more affordable. For maximum stability for static shots such as virtual tours, I would prefer a lightstand, which is heavier and has legs that are wide enough to be used outdoors even in a strong breeze. However, if you want a longer and more versatile selfie stick that is ideal for vlogging, you can either get the Best360 carbon fiber monopod (GBP 129.99) or the Bushman aluminum monopod ($149.95). Between the two, in my opinion, the Best360’s higher quality carbon fiber construction for just 15% higher cost offers a better value than the Bushman. BTW, you can get an additional 5% off the Best360 monopod using this link and the code 360rumors. Thank you very much for using my affiliate links to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews. For other monopods and selfie sticks, see this comparison.