Current items in my kitbag (links where I have reviewed) and comments stating any issues, modifications etc.

If you’re interested in my opinion on any of these, drop me a line!



Camera Gear:

  • Canon EOS 40D … sadly dead :(
  • Canon EOS100D – removed hotshoe plate (See here) to improve conduction with Speedlite contacts.  Seemed to do the trick.
  • Panasonic DMC-TS3
  • GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition – Warning – buy plenty of batteries and a separate charger for them.  Will chew through them.
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM – not as sharp as the other two lenses.
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • Canon Speedlite 580EXII
  • Rode VideoMic – cuts out lens IS and focusing noise.
  • Generic video LED light from Amazon – Works really really well.  Can also be used for room lighting!
  • Generic 3 hotshoe stand from Amazon
  • Gorillapod SLR Zoom with Manfrotto 494RC2 mini ball head – Going strong after 7 years.  Some joints have popped out but seem to be working after after popping back in
  • Manfrotto Befree MKBFRA4-BH
  • TriggerTrap
  • Misc ‘home-brand’ GoPro accessories from – Note: Generic suction mount works really well.  Had it on vehicle roof travelling 75mph on the freeway in the USA with no worries.

Misc Electronics

  • iPod Touch 2nd Gen
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 – Charging is unreliable in cold conditions – 0’C and below…
  • Google (Asus) Nexus 7 1st Gen – Charging circuit is fried. No idea why.  Will only charge when turned off.
  • Blackberry Bold 9650
  • Sennheiser HD218 on-ear headphone
  • Garmin Oregon 600 with 32Gb micro SD card – filled with Open Street Maps (OSM) which have plenty of detail.  For specific areas, have loaded open source maps (Val Thorens, Yosemite eg).  Screen readable in sunlit conditions.  Best used with lithium AA batteries.


  • Led Lenser P7
  • Kathmandu Cree LED headlamp (3x AA) – Battery compartment clip has cracked when dropped the first time.  Continuing to use with the compartment door gaffa-taped on.
  • Generic 2x AA Cree LED torch from


  • Casio G-Shock DW-003US-2T
  • Casio Edifice EF-547


  • Pentagon Artaxes SF Tactical Jacket Level IV
  • Under Armour Escape Wind and Water running jacket
  • Kathmandu Merino baselayer – As a baselayer, the merino wool stuff rocks.  Doesn’t dry as quick as polypropylene (but still dries quick), but keeps ‘fresher’ and doesn’t hold odours.  Look out for specials from any brand- I got the Kathmandu do stuff on an 80% sale…
  • Icebreaker Outdoor Midcrew Merino blend socks – Not the best.  Doesn’t hold together as well as other socks.
  • Generic full merino hiking socks from
  • Ecolite Bamboo socks from – I personally find these better than the merino socks.  Thicker, cheaper, less odour, felt more comfortable in them.  They don’t dry nearly as fast as merino socks.


  • Mammut T Advanced GTX hiking boots
  • North Face Ultra 105 GTX XCR trail running shoes – rubber bits on soles starting to fall away.  Glued back on.  As they are Goretex, when water gets inside, it will take a long time to fully dry out!
  • CAT Frazier light hiking boots


  • Burton Blunt 2013 snowboard
  • Burton Freestyle 2013 bindings
  • Burton Moto 2013 boots
  • Torpedo7 Padded Deluxe snowboard bag from – don’t carry too heavy a load.  Small tear in material where shoulder strap attaches to bag.
  • Capix Destroyer snowboarding helmut


  • Leatherman Charge XTi… broken :( but replaced under warranty with:
  • Leatherman Charge Titanium (essentially the same with one less bit carrier and with scissors
  • Kathmandu padded gear cells
  • Kathmandu mesh storage bags – a godsend to keep things in order.

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