These days our smart phones are already part of our daily life. They are now more than just communication devices, they help us in navigation, documentation and entertainment. That is why it’s crucial for me to see and access my smart phone easily and Ram Mounts Tough Claw helps me a lot on that.
This is actually made of 3 parts, which you have to buy separately. There’s the base, the arm and lastly the holder. They are all made from different materials, mostly of hard plastic and steel. The matte black finish is really well done, making it feel like it’s really a premium item and the hard plastic looks really tough and durable. Although initially I had some reservations about the holder on wether it can hold my phone firmly.
The handle bar clamp is made out a U shaped steel with two bolts on the end, to prevent those steel parts rubbing off your handle bar theres a thick hard plastic that goes between it. It’s extremely sturdy and once tightened down it really locks into place.
The arm consists of a two ends that clamp a ball shaped base. Springs inside the clamp can be tightened by a knob, which is seen in the photo above. This also helps in changing the orientation of your phone or GPS. Depending on your perspective, it can be a asset or a liability feature. Having something that is easy to remove might become security issue as it can be a target to thieves.
You can buy this arm at different lengths, the owner personally suggested that I get something that’s long as it’s closer to you, which helps a lot in viewing your device.
The claw is fully adjustable as you can see in the photo, there are screws that can be adjusted depending on the width of your device. Then theres a claw on top that has a spring that holds your device in place. The base and the claws are made out of very hard plastic which I think can withstand the elements.
Everything is quite intuitive to install. I did the installation myself, you just need the basic tools in order to fit this into place, however I’m not sure if it can fit a fat handle bar.
This is where it gets tricky. I saw the brand Ram Mounts at Moto Market around 3 years ago, sadly they don’t sell it anymore. When I was having the Evotech Radiator guards installed at Motoscoot Jay Jay’s shop, I happened to glance at their products and found this set. The owner then told me how it was built and what parts I need, as it’s very modular. So far I have not seen any other stores carry this product. Will update this post just incase I find another place to get this item.
You buy this per piece, as every part is sold separately, which for me is a very good thing. Overall the cost is around 3,000 php, which I think is very reasonable. I have had a Lifeproof handle bar mount which is around 1,800 php and that one is not as versatile as this one and can only handle one type of phone. So at this price range this is a really good deal. Also you can buy other parts just incase you want it to function differently or if one part gets damaged.
Would I recommend this?
Hell yes. Every part is very well made, it’s sturdy, it’s modular and it’s priced reasonably. It holds the device firmly and there’s not a lot of vibration which really helps when using your phone as a GPS. I wished I found this before the PH tour as it would have helped me a lot. With us depending a lot on our phones and devices this is a must have for anyone who rides.
Note: Be careful when using a device while riding a motorcycle, as it can be a distraction. Also make sure your device has some sort of weather proofing as this does not offer anything of that kind and your device is exposed to the elements all the time.
Where to buy?
#448 Unit A Bldg 2,
San Ponciano St. corner Tandang Sora Ave,
San Antonio Homes, Culiat, Quezon City