Technology

Cameras, GPS, fitness and sports watches, apps, GoPro cameras, and more.

Spyder’s $2,000 Ski Suit

What do 2,000 clams get you from Spyder in the realm of high-end ski outerwear? How about a shell jacket with RECCO avalanche-transceiver reflectors? Included. GORE-tex Pro-Shell fabric with 3M Thinsulate insulation? You bet. Morse code printed on the jacket lining? Check. A whistle. . . Read More...

February 5, 2008

Polar RS800G3 System Review

The stratospherically priced RS800G3, a $499.95 sports watch system from Polar USA, is a product designed for a growing demographic of obsessive exercisers and fitness-gadget freaks with disposable cash. Remember that neighbor who bought a custom frame carbon-fiber bike for $9,000? This is his watch. . . Read More...

December 4, 2007

SteriPEN Adventurer Review

This review is about pills, underwear, an ultra-violet-light-emitting device, and most of all clean water. Indeed, if you don't wanna get Legionnaires’ Disease (or diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis, smallpox or typhoid fever), then read on to see my take on the SteriPEN Adventurer, a portable purifying magic wand of sorts that destroys the DNA of microorganisms, making them unable to reproduce and cause illness in your tenderfoot belly. . . Read More...

October 4, 2007

Clip-Shot Camera Holder

Lyndon Wilson, a machinist from Noxon, Mont., rang me up last week to introduce his Clip-Shot camera holder. The product is essentially a small clamp on a tiny stainless steel post, threaded to attach to a camera via its tripod mount. To use it, attach a camera, clamp the Clip-Shot to a treebranch, ski pole, ice ax, etc., then set the camera's self-timer, and never miss a shot again. . . Read More...

September 25, 2007

Piezoelectric Pack

In a recently-published academic paper titled “Energy harvesting from a backpack instrumented with piezoelectric shoulder straps," mechanical engineers from Michigan Technological University and Arizona State demonstrate the potential of a backpack that makes its own energy via piezoelectric straps. Apparently, the rubbing of backpack straps on shoulders creates enough movement, heat and energy to create electric power that can be transferred to charge GPS devices, L.E.D. headlamps, a cell phone, or an iPod Nano while on the go. . . Read More...

September 18, 2007

New Reviews — Highgear Alterra; Wenger Deep Diver

A timepiece with added outdoorsy features -- say an altimeter or a built-in compass -- is mandatory gear on most adventures. My latest column covers the Highgear Alterra and the Wenger Deep Diver, two adventure wristwatches. One is stocked with digital gauges like an altimeter, thermometer, and a built-in compass. The other watch, a stainless-steel analog ticker, is less business in the great outdoors, but more bling-bling. . . Read More...

September 10, 2007

The Adventure Wristwatch (Highgear, Wenger)

A timepiece with added outdoorsy features -- say an altimeter or a built-in compass -- is mandatory gear on most adventures. I swear by the Suunto t6, a standby performer that's clicking strong for me after a year-and-a-half of hard labor and outdoors abuse. Read More...

September 10, 2007

Digital HERO 3 column

The Digital HERO 3 from GoPro (www.goprocamera.com) was created to take the hassle out of capturing Kodak moments -- as well as video -- in times of high action. Essentially a large wristwatch-type device, the $139.99 camera straps on via a neoprene-and-Velcro bracelet, ready to flip up and shoot from the hip, er, wrist, at all times. This is my review. Read More...

September 7, 2007

Digital HERO 3 camera review

A camera is a requisite piece of equipment for me on any outdoor adventure. But my main shooter, a big Canon digital SLR, while good at soaking in scenes, is a huge pain to haul down the trail. Read More...

September 7, 2007

SPOT Satellite Messenger

I blogged on this last week in my OR Show wrap-up, but the PLB-like device deserves a bit more attention. Indeed, the SPOT Satellite Messenger is a new type of personal locator beacon, one that gives you options as to which kind of emergency (or non-emergency) communiqué you want to blip out from the wilderness to the world at large. . . Read More...

August 28, 2007

Gear Review — Highgear Alterra

Don't call this a wristwatch. It's an altimeter that you wear on your wrist. It has a built-in barometer, compass, thermometer, and other tools. It's got a watch function in there, too, making the Alterra a bonafide timepiece for high adventure. For this review I put the Highgear Alterra up against my favorite adventure wristwatch, the t6 from Suunto, which has similar functionality, but costs about $100 more. . . Read More...

June 26, 2007

Gear Review — Rugged Laptop Carrying Case

Otter Products' Rugged Laptop Carrying Case is waterproof, crush-proof, pressure sensitive, and lockable. At $170, the case essentially converts a workaday laptop computer into a “ruggedized” model for use in the outdoors. As a svelte black briefcase, the Rugged Laptop Carrying Case can swing a James Bond aesthetic, too, making it passable in formal business settings. Read More...

June 18, 2007

Otter Products Rugged Laptop Carrying Case

Otter Products LLC markets its Rugged Laptop Carrying Case as the ultimate computer tote, with a virtually indestructible polypropylene shell and a design that's waterproof, crush-proof, pressure sensitive, and lockable. Read More...

June 18, 2007

Wenger Deep Diver Watch

In the newly-announced category of SCUBA bling, Wenger has unveiled the oh-so-aptly named Deep Diver watch, which is safe to ocean plunges up to 1,000 meters down. Yep, that's 3,300 feet under the sea. Plus, it's handsome enough to pass muster at that coast-side 5-star dinner joint after the dive. Read More...

June 5, 2007

Digital HERO 3

I met Nicholas Woodman of GoPro in Munich, Germany, two years back, when his innovative wrist-hugging camera was nominated for an ISPO Brand New award. At the time, the Digital HERO was the coolest sports-camera idea I'd seen in a long while. The theory was: Hook this camera to your wrist and go surfing, or B.A.S.E. jumping, or skiing, or whatever, and the little shooter is always there, ready to fire off and capture the moment. . . Read More...

April 4, 2007
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