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The do's and don'ts of buying a Drone

Are you researching the right drone to buy and where to get it from? Here's our honest explanation of what to consider about which drone is right for you and which reputable shops you should consider. 

Post any questions below or contact sales@actiongear.co.za

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Getting your Drone License & the laws explained.

Over the next 10 years drones will become part of our everyday lives. From production, surveying, security and animal stock taking. There are certain laws setup by the CAA for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) You’ll either be operating under Hobby laws (Private use) or commercial laws.

Private use or Hobby laws can be termed as follows by the C [...]


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Rooihartbees Hunt 2016

Waiting next to the road, at Maroelasfontein Hunting Farm just outside Modimolle, for the rest of the hunting party to arrive, I started thinking about the Rooihartbees that I missed out on the previous year. What if it rained again? What if they didn’t come in to feed? What if…?

With these questions running through my mind the expectation for [...]


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Running Headlong into Spring

It’s become known as the (cheerful adjective) Merrell Race with that (unprintable adjective) Hill. A set of proper trail runs in Joburg that wind through the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and up into the surrounding rocky hills of Roodepoort.

This year’s Merrell Spring Run is on Saturday 27th August, presented by Action Gear. [...]


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Sani2C - the three day journey captured

Sani2C MTB experience day 1

(Glencairn Farm to Mackenzie Farm 83km)

As a professional road cyclist I have always tended to stay away from the very dirty brother of road cycling, better known as mountain biking. But with the opportunity to participate in one of the most well organized MTB events on the South African calendar, I ga [...]


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Are drones taking your job?

There has always been this underlying fear that robots or technology will one day take over the world. The latest conversation around this topic is regarding drones and how they are potentially replacing or automating jobs worldwide. This article is not aimed at intimidating or overstating the facts, but rather to shed some light into the conver [...]


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Are you living or Just existing?

This might not be our typical Action Gear blog but tonight I had a urge to write!

So what is life? Life to me is about embracing the uncertainty, knowing who you are, owning your own time, owning your own creativity and happiness. I’ve seen and met so many people who just live the average 9-5, earn a salary, pay bills and settle on less for wha [...]


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We have a 3rd Cyclist!!

It’s funny to see people reactions when we tell them that we’re cycling 4,630km up Africa on single speed bikes. Some say “you’re mad!”, some say “I wish I could join you!” and then there’s Gareth Pickering who simply said: “Can I come?”

Gareth has spent the last few years travelling the world and fighting for his freedom as you can read about [...]


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Good Luck to Camilla for Comrades!

As if cycling 4,630km up Africa wasn’t enough of a challenge, Cam decided to include the 89km Comrades Ultra Marathon into her 2016 calendar! And yes, in case you’re wondering, the 1st picture is of her finishing the Full IronMan n 2015 (that’s a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle & 42km marathon!)

This Sunday morning 16,000 runners will line up in Pieter [...]


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Extreme Lights Endurance Cycle Light Review

A Great All-Rounder What do you want from a bike light? We want something easy to install, and to swop between bikes; it should offer a powerful boost mode, and an efficient low mode for when you don’t need crystal-clear vision (when climbing, say), as well as a cable that isn’t clumsily long.

Our tests show that Extreme Light’s new [...]


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Interview on Cliff Central [Podcast]

"Warrick Kernes and his wife Camilla join Arye Kellman on Cliff Central to talk about what they’ve set their sights on. The pair are embarking on the most incredible journey on the 30th of July 2016, to raise money for the Qhubeka charity. They will be cycling from Johannesburg to Moshi, Tanzania – covering 4630km over a 10-week [...]


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OVER R50,000 RAISED SO FAR – THANK YOU!

We’ve been blown away by the generosity of people who have so willingly supported the Qhubeka charity in support of our #Joburg2Kili expedition. When we combined the donations made via GivenGain and direct EFT deposits we were thrilled to find that we’ve surpassed the half way mark of our goal to raise R100,000 for Qhubeka. The total amount rais [...]


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South Africa's Top 5 Mountain Bike Trails

South Africa is home to vast open velds and mountain paths. Our country is blessed enough to have areas with unspoiled rugged terrain, places that would make any mountain bike rider feel right at home.  The following list of South Africa’s top mountain bike spots, is aimed not only at seasoned riders but also for those looking to try trial ridin [...]


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Taking on the Drakensberg Grand Traverse

#DGT2016 - 4am and the bloody alarm is telling us that it’s time to get up; we have been awake all night anyway…

It was at least two years ago that I had this idea that doing a Grand Traverse of the entire Drakensberg (here forth known as the DGT) would be fun. After some research, I had planned on doing it in ten days.

It was just before Ryno [...]


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4x4 back flip

Pirtek Wanganui Corvette, gunned straight up the climb and got the 7000cc power surge he needed to go right over and land back on his tyres as part of the final obstacle on the 4x4 course, the rest of the drivers did not try .

 

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Flyboard Air Test

This UFO is still in prototype phase but after 4 years of hard work it is exceeding all records and is able to fly up to 10,000 feet and is able to reach speed of 150km/h. Watch Zapata Racing test fly this innovatiive Flyboard. 

 

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Testing the Eken Video quality

Action Gear have recently launched the extremely well price awesome little Action Camera known as the Eken.

The Eken is based off a GoPro and offers very similar function and features for a quarter of the price. Whenever I see products based of originals, I alwa [...]


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Learn to fly

I went skydiving with my cousin for her 16th birthday and it was the most amazing feeling in the world. I wasn’t just falling, I was flying. While sitting in the plane for 15 minutes going up 10 000 feet I felt anxious but calm at the same time. My cousin jumped first, one minute she was hanging out the plane and the next I saw her fall (really [...]


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Helmet Cam Slow Motion

Everything is cooler in slow motion. It is very intresting how many possibilities you get with those little waterproof cameras. Check out the different frame rates, camera angels and a bunch of great different perspectives in one of the most exciting sports you can film.

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GEARING UP FOR WINTER

My morning workouts now almost always start before the sun is out. Summer is officially gone and we’re deep into autumn with that winter chill not far behind. The training never stops, but the right kit will keep you going no matter what the weather gods may bring.

“There is no such thing as bad weat [...]


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Speedflying

Last week I spoke a bit about the Wingsuit BASE scene in South Africa, this week we will be looking at Speedflying. This is an extreme sport that is a combination of paragliding and base jumping, speed flyers typically take flight from a mountain peak or hillside, then fly very close to the slope as they descend down the mountain, and some even [...]


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On a windy mountain

Hiking in the Drakensberg is always a journey in which there are elements of the unknown, ones that test you physically and mentally and make you ask yourself “What on earth was I thinking?” I stupidly did not think that was the case as 14 friends started a 45km hike through the majestic Mnweni Cultural land on a winters long weekend. Day 1 star [...]


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Go-Carting adrenalin

Wheels squealing and blood rushing through your veins, this is the way a Saturday morning should be spent if you are taking a much deserved break from riding your bicycle. There are only a hand full of adrenaline fueled activities that could rival the feeling of racing at 60 km/ph around a racetrack with your body sitting less than 20cm from the [...]


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The Delta Dash 6 hour MTB race

The Delta Dash 6 hour MTB race is certainly one of those races where the whole family can come and enjoy a day of fast and fun mountain biking action! This was my first proper mountain bike race seeing that I have always raced only on the road and boy was this one fun!! It started of with quite a bang and luckily I had my GoPro’s handy to catch [...]


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A fun day out on the MTB at Delta Dash

For the past three years, Warrick and I have participated in the Delta Dash 6 hour Mountain bike endurance race. What we love about this race is that there is a more relaxed, fun atmosphere to the race than your usual mountain biking races and as an added bonus it takes place on our do [...]


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INTERVIEW WITH THE RANDBURG SUN

We recently met up with Neo Phashe from the Randburg Sun for an interview about our expedition. Although we were a bit nervous for the interview, she was truly interested in what we’re trying to achieve and she posted this great article on the Randburg Sun local community newspaper site.

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Amazing Road Bike Stunt Riding

 Martyn Ashton takes his carbon road bike for a ride with a difference. With a plan to push the limits of road biking. Ashton was seen tearing up skateparks, street riding and even taking on a fairground wall of death in this radical road ride. Mountain bikers take note - never blame the bike again!

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Why Attitude is a Scary Thing!

We at OV&P continue to experiment and learn new skills as often as we can. This is the only way to stay ahead of the game, as in any hi-tech business. Our drone work is becoming a big player in our offering to a variety of clients and industries, none more so than large factories and warehouses. This is  [...]


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Open roads and misty mornings

Any journey has to start with a single step, or in this case with a simple turn of the pedals. This is my first vlog about our epic cycling journey where we as a group of ten riders set off to cycle from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth. This journey covered just over 1100km of beautiful South African scenery and took us 9 [...]


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DEEP Mud Monster 4x4 - How it's done

 Danny Ferrara showing the Boys how to get it done with a Small Block 400 Chevy motor in his Jeep. He ramps his Jeep and slides through the mud to get through the course. 

If your tyres are not spraying mud, you are not trying hard enough. 

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Wingsuit Base SA

Since I could remember, I always had the dream of flying. When I was a little boy I used to tell my mom that I would be pilot one day, and when I turned 18 years old that dream became real as I obtained my Private Pilot’s license. Now 12 years have passed and my views have totally changed about flying, I know that when I was a kid I always wante [...]


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Kayak ramp jumping

 Do you have the guts to kayak down a slide? It looks pretty simple, but with a big slide comes big air and a hard landing... bottoms down hopefully! 

This guys makes it look really easy and he even adds in a little flip to show off.  

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Dirt Bikes Insane HILL CLIMB

Watch this video as 2 dirt bike riders take on this insane hill with their 2 stroke dirt bikes. Listen to the engine as it powers up the hill to get to the top.

No hill is too long or too high as long as you got the power! 

 

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Meet the team - Joburg2Kili

South African adventure enthusiasts, Warrick and Camilla Kernes, Gareth Pickering and Derrick Fourie will be cycling Qhubeka buffalo bicycles from Johannesburg, South Africa to Moshi, Tanzania covering 4630km over a 10 week period. Setting off on July 30th, these four plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro once they reach Mos [...]


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VeloBeing - Vlog

For some, cycling is a very rewarding and entertaining past time activity, for others it provides a mean of transport. For me as a professional cyclist it offers the opportunity to look at my life from a very different angle than what the typical 23 year old student would. This is my first vlog post and I am planning on taking each viewer throug [...]


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We're 6 years old!

We're 6 years old! Well I certainly do feel like a 6 year old on Christmas with all these awesome outdoor products constantly surrounding us!

April 2010 saw the opening of Action Gear (then Action Cameras) and we've been on a fun journey ever since! When we started up we were the first in SA to sell GoPros, Drift and other action cam brands whi [...]


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Seweekspoort Peak and a new kloofing route

“Have you hiked up Seweweekspoort Peak?...”. “No I haven’t! But I bumped into so many people who have either done it or are doing it, it’s not even funny…I am totally keen”. This is my favourite kind of friend; one who, in a heartbeat, will join me on any adventure. Three months later we still hadn’t planned much (or anything at all), but we wer [...]


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Skyaking: Sky Diving In A Kayak

 This sky diving daredevil has turned extreme sport skydiving on its head after deciding to jump out of a plane in a kayak. This guy paddled in a kayak across the sky as he sky dived 13,000 feet and swooped in on his kayak at 50mph and landed on the water in spectacular fashion.

 

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Urban Downhill Mountain Bike

Get first person view as a downhill mountain biker takes to the streets of Manizales for a high speed decent through some sketchy street-side obstacles. Hold on to your keyboard and experience what it looks like to race like a champion

 

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HOW TO CREATE EPIC TIMELAPSES WITH YOUR GOPRO

 

Timelapse photography is, put simply, a number of photos of the same scene, spread over a period of time, and squeezed into a video. The video is played back in a shorter amount of time, enabling others to see changes in a landscape over the natural progression of time while not having to wait th [...]


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GETTING EARTHED

Eight hours in the mountains, licking rocks, drinking from streams and swimming in dams – that was one helluva LSD…

Earthing or grounding is a practice which claims to provide health benefits as a result of being in direct physical contact with the ground. When you head ou [...]


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AMASHOVA 65KM CYCLE RACE

Last year I took part in my second Tsogo Sun AmaShova Durban Classic, cycling a full 65km with my GoPro Hero 3+ Silver strapped to my bike. 
 
This race is one of the oldest classic cycle races in South Africa and offers a classic 106km race, 65km half challenge and a 35km fun ride with full road closures. The 106km from Pi [...]

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Funny Skydive swimming

This will definitely make your Monday! If you are falling out of the sky would you fly or swim?

Imagine skydiving for the first time and there is something fishy going on behind you. Skydivers know how to have fun, because this is something you don’t see every day

This is too funny. Wait for it……. wait for it……

 

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LUCKY YOU! It's St Patricks Day

It's St Patricks day and that means that all the Irish and Irish at heart are celebrating. Lucky you, Action Gear is supporting the luck of the Irish and like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it’s time to share some gold. 

Don't miss out on these lucky deals. 

The average fly time on a battery is only 23 minutes, so to increase the am [...]


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Jet Engine Surfing

I would have loved to be part of the conversation when 40-year-old engineer Adam Contoret decided to take a jet engine and surf across flat water. Adam Contoret, spent two years at his garage developing the water-resistant jet engine thrusters. This impressive device can give surfers speeds of up to 50mph on water.
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Lonely, quiet rides no more.

So too often when you training for cycling races or you just want to get out in the wilderness for a quick ride, you sometimes feel like it could do with some music right? No? Well, sometimes I feel like that, and that’s what I enjoyed a lot about the [...]


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OCEAN ART

I was on the beach early one morning when I noticed the waves crashing onto the rocks and spraying up into all different kinds of unusual shapes. With the sun rising in the background, it was quite a beautiful sight. I really wanted to capture the moment on my [...]

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Zim farmer pries huge python from bakkie

Imagine opening up your car bonnet and finding a huge python curled up inside. There is footage of a Zimbabwian doing just that. He causiously grabs the snake by its head and removes it from the warmth of the car engine. This isnt the first time we have heard stories of people finding huge snakes cuddling with the cars engine. Better watch out!  [...]


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Jetski vs DJI Inspire

Warning: this video isnt for the faint hearted, especially if you love your drone. Watch this video of a DJI Inspire drone get absolutely crushed by a flying jetski. Although it was the perfect time to catch the jetskis impressive launch off a wave, this perfect timing shot resuled in a mid air collision. and guess which one won? 

 

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Join the discount hunt.

Join our discount hunt this Easter and get 5% OFF any order (This offer is valid for all product on our website except the DJI drone range. It will however be applicable to all drone accessories.)

All you have to do is look very carefully through our site and try find an Easter egg. 

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35 feet high Slip and Slide Waterfall!

Now this is mother natures version of a epic slip and slide. This 35 foot high waterfall in Lynn Canyon Park in British Columbia has been smoothed out over time and has become one of the best slip and slides in the world. The slip and slide ends with a 10 meter drop that spits you out into a giant natural pool.

 

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Close call for surfing cameraman

This guy wins the award for burliest cameraman ever!

Watch this nail biting video as a pair of surfers almost get engulfed into a massive Tahitian barrel during the shot of the new Point Break film, with no way for the trailing cameraman to get out alive. Or is there a way?

 

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Microadventure to Secret Falls

The sun was up and my cats and I were safely tucked away in bed. I had overslept. In an attempt to not be so hard on myself anymore, I shrugged it off.  I had packed the night before and was super chuffed to see 9 kg of gear (minus the cats) squeeze into my Adidas backpack. I had been shopping around for a suitable pack, but hadn't yet found "th [...]


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What to expect with the New Phantom

DJI have released a video the past week and have their website setup to launch an event today (Tuesday 1st of March).

If you want to see what is coming, I recommend you tune in today at about 6:40pm on the DJI.com website and see what tech they are brin [...]


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WATER AND LIGHT

My favourite time to go out and shoot is early mornings and evenings. As the sun begins to set it creates this beautiful, emerald lighting which reflects off the ocean's surface.
 
I swam out with my [...]

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Worlds Longest Touchdown Catch!

Love skydiving? Love football as well? Ever wondered how the two would mesh together? 

For those that jump, and happen to be a fan of football, the two and a half minute video was a hybrid of awesomeness. As 7 skydivers in full football gear begin a game at altitude.

 

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TomTom’s take on the action camera

Over the last few years, the term action camera evolved exponentially, and has now become a buzzword for all sport enthusiasts. Whether you are a weekend warrior, or professional athlete, it is now a trend to have an action camera, and capture your chosen sport. It has almost become more important to film and share the experience as it about the [...]


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Where Parkour and Canyoning meet

The swiss guys from Deap Canyoning traveled to a mountainous Mediterranean island with dense forest and craggy peaks, known as Corsica to demonstrate incredible Freestyle canyoning. The water there is immaculate and the jumps require as much skill as never before. 

 

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SUNRISE SURFING IN DURBAN

Nothing beats a good surf and a beautiful sunrise.

I paddled into the water at New Pier early when it was still pretty dark with no one else out.

The waves were small, but fun and it wasn’t long till a few more surfers paddled out to enjoy the morning on the ocean. The thin strip of pink light just above the horizon faded away and the clouds l [...]


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The First Wearable Drone

The concept of wearable tech is not only becoming more common, but also more daring. The idea of a phone on your watch a while back was crazy, yet now all the more acceptable… maybe even expected.

One piece of tech I bet you never thought of, just like me, was a wearable drone.  You heard right, a wearable drone.

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Valentines Day with the Black sheep

And here it is! Extreme skate bungee on Valentines Day with the BlackSheep. 
“Most people take out their loved significant, being boyfriend or girlfriend. The BlackSheep Krew decided to rather have the time of their lives with the most loved Pin-Up Girls (printed on the under side of their longboards) as a team instead! With the like [...]

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Surfing With Whales

Between July and October, humpback whales put their infants in the world and breed in Polynesian waters. In December, it is very rare to admire this ocean giant. Large south and southwest swells are like whales: rather non-existent at this time of the year. However, on 3 December 2012, surfers rejoiced a beautiful surf session on the waves of 2. [...]


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The road to Afriski - Free Ride Weekend

For years thrill seekers have taken to the Afriski Mountain Resort to get their annual adrenalin fix in the snow capped mountain range... But now PURERUSH Industries has gotten the go ahead to host a free ride event with the support of some of your favourite local brands and companies... You can take any gravity vehicle of your choice down a mou [...]


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LongBoard Night Race

The Jo’Burg Longboarders took to the streets of a closed off (due to construction) 2.4KM long road hidden in the depth of Edenvale, to host one of the biggest FlashRaces to date. 
Hosting 30 some riders (old and new) the race was setup as a Grand Prix style starting format. With a procedure called Round Robin to determine seeding pos [...]

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The future is now

If I had told you 10 years ago to Imagine living in a futuristic movie where you could travel in self-controlled flying cars, print your own creative physical products, and are able dive into the virtual world, and interact with other virtual objects. You would just say, yeah that’s just a futuristic movie. Well we are not too far away from step [...]


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Osmo – Steadying the Planet

It never ceases to amaze me how brilliant new technologies are born, grow very slowly until someone realizes the full potential of the new technology, and then all hell breaks loose. A classic example of this is the combination of two fairly new technologies, which OV&P has adopted in our quest to remain at the cutting edge of our industry.

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DISCOVERING THREE FIRS AND TRANQUILITY CRACKS

After about 4.5kms of running along the Pipe Track we came to a sudden stop. Taahir pointed to the cairn on the rock ledge next to us and said, “Welcome to Three Firs”. After a few hops up the rock steps, he motioned towards Tammy and me to join him. No signs, random paths and what looked like a bit of scrambling ahead. Where the heck were we he [...]


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100 DANCING DRONES SET GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

Intel launched 100 drones skywards in formation and earned a new world record title for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. 

Watch this video of a swarm of 100 drones performing a spectacular light show. The 100 drones danced to an orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The drones carried multicolored lig [...]


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Prepare for Your Drone Adventure with this Checklist

I recently got to shoot a bit in Elands Bay on the West Coast for the weekend. It's small town with a vast amount of space with potato farms, rooibos tea farms and a beautiful valley that feeds water for the farming of the land. 

I stayed at Vensterklip for a couple of days. The place is very equipped, alth [...]

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Who says Valentines Day is only for ladies

So with Valentines Day around the corner, gifts are going to be flying left right and centre, and normally it’s only directed at women. But every now and then, ladies decide they want to spoil their man, and ladies if you are “that guy” this year, Action Gear has the perfect gift to make your man smile without burning a hole in your pocket.

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#BuffEnough Trail Challenge

Buff South Africa is challenging you to get out and explore the trails in Kloofendal Nature Reserve.

The next STRAVA challenge from Buff has gone live and this time it’s in Gauteng. Buff® ambassador and adventure photographer, Terence Vrugtman has run, prepared and laid down a 5km  [...]


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Street Hooligans on Drift Trikes

Drift Trkes started showing up a few years ago, and they all follow the same basic formula: Bicycle front wheel and handlebars, tiny rear wheels from a go-kart, and a low seat in between. No other grown up vehicle can match that! Trikes give you the thrill you felt as a kid on a Big Wheel. 

These street hooligans hold drift competitions to see [...]


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GoPro Karma Drone

It's no secret that GoPro are launching the GoPro Drone soon. While all the details and specs about the Go Pro Drone are yet to be confirmed they have been teasing us with a few videos shot by their new quadcopter and they are eluding to the name; the GoPro Karma Drone. We have heard rumours of what GoPros drone is going to look [...]


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Mountain Handbikers are AWESOME

The Explorer II off-road handcycle, is a hand powered trike for people with disabilities, however it can also bring a ton of fun for able bodied bike enthusiasts. The handcycle was created to break the boundary of mountain biking and allow the disabled persons to reach what until now was impossible. Watch how much fun disabled and able bodied cy [...]


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Soloing Seweweekspoort

Seweweekspoort is where the Karoo captured my heart. Some describe it as the most beautiful 17 km stretch of road in South Africa. It lies within the Swartberg nature reserve and spans across both the little and central Karoo.

I hadn’t made any specific plans for the last week of my month of soloing, so after flipping through Jacque Marais’ “Mo [...]


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Downhill Mountain Biking in the Wilds of Africa

Kyle Jameson and his team went on a quest to explore new terrain for untouched mountain bike lines. While on the hunt they uncovered some epic new terrain in Namibia which is definitely not your typical riding destination. They rode their bikes around the oasis known as Goanikontes in the Naukluft desert and ended up on the almost unrideable san [...]


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I believe I can fly

More and more people are thinking of more ways to feel the same freedom a bird feels while flying above the world. People do things like skydiving, base jumping and even are going as far as inventing a wing suit to be able to soar through the air and have full control. I think the ones that walk along a tight rope get the real experience of our [...]


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NEW YEAR, NEW ROUTES

I had 10 days off work to enjoy some vacation time, bring in the New Year and get back to work refreshed and energised for 2016.

It boiled down to that one week between Christmas and New Year’s. A few days dedicated to dusting off your corporate funk and diving into some summer fun.

Traditionally, I sleep in; follow the routine of a late start [...]


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Dookie Flash Race

Joburg Longboarders did a Flash Race down one of the fastest spots we have up here in Gauteng. It’s on a road called Hillclimb drive and is situated in Krugersdorp. It’s been a pretty popular road for Luges for about 15 years now. Many other people come to enjoy the road too, drift trikers, mountain bikers, and even some fancy sports cars that l [...]


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Most Mind-Blowing Backflip Ever

How to do a double backflip from a canyon ledge (facing the wrong way): Picture your success, fast counter movement, throw your arms up and dive through the balls of your feet, propel yourself backwards with shoulder flexion and triple extension, tuck your knees in towards your chest, pull your legs in, then repeat and land feet down into a narr [...]


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On a mission to find a holy grail within the Magaliesberg.

Without the forces or work distracting me, not that I have a job like many other, I found myself craving…. for something. Not knowing what it was and with time on my hands over December I could escape the feeling of missing out on something, perhaps even something I had never tried.

What was I craving? Well I later found it was the taste of mou [...]


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Blood, sweat and confusion

Well, that’s it. The orienteering bug has bitten.

I spent a week over new years in the beautiful forests of Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga for the Big 5 Orienteering competition, which had 191 competitors from all over the world. This was all very new to me. I had done some [...]


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A drone for human transportation

Drones have become very popular lately but there is one thing missing, people can't ride in them.

Ehang CEO, Huazhi Hu began designing the one-seater electric drone a couple of years ago, after two of his pilot friends were killed in plane crashes. The one-seate [...]


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What’s Your Big Adventure Goal for 2016?

Every January people make lists on things they want to do to better themselves, but it is hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti. Action Gear is here to help you stick to those items on your list. Buy a product from Action Gear and with your new little gadget that keeps you motivated and asking for more, you won [...]


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Floating down a river

I didn’t start my new year with a bang, watching fireworks and drinking Champagne but instead I fell asleep under a billion stars and woke up to the sound and sight of the Witels River flowing next to me, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start a brand new yea [...]


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Best of GoPro 2015

GoPro encouraged all the thrill-seekers, adventurers and just everyday video aficionados to take spectacular footage with its small, waterproof mountable video cameras. Now at the end of another fantastic year, GoPro thought they would assemble some of their most popular videos and we thought it would be awesome to share it with you here.

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Kloofing in the Magaliesberg (with a dog)

Last Sunday, Warrick and I were very excited to join Terence Vrugtman and his girlfriend Ash as well as a great couple, Jack and Michelle from Trail Lab to go kloofing in Magaliesburg at a place known as Grootkloof.

To make the +-1.5hour drive from Johannesburg to the start of the hike at Grootkloof more interesting, Warrick decided to give his [...]


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On a dark night with my Extreme Lights XPH Headlamp

On Tuesday I unknowingly entered my first mountain bike race for Saturday night, well I knew what I was doing, I didn’t realize that I had never done a pure mountain bike race before. I just thought it was a change from all the trail running I’ve been doing. The realization hit me a few hours before the race when I realized that I didn’t know ho [...]


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Action Gear – SUP Year End Function

This year my husband, Warrick, decided to host an out-of-the-ordinary SUP year end function for all his staff at Action Gear which I was very pleased to be able to join in on the action.

Warrick has a good relationship with a company called Star-board who teach people to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) at Emmerentia Dam in Johannesburg and so in dis [...]


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Your Ideal Sports Watch

I’m sure we can all agree that buying a sports watch is one of the more daunting aspects of any athlete’s career, novice or pro. There are so many factors to take into consideration and the overwhelming decisions of features, functions, quirks and the terrifying price tag may just land you making the wrong decision. So we tried to solve that for [...]


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DJI Phantom 3 VS Parrot Bebop

Author: Karl Spangenberg

The use of drones in the film industry has grown quite rapidly within the last three to four years and quite frankly, it is rather pricey. Luckily, however, there are much  cheaper alternatives for the average user seeking to utilise such amazing tools for creating those awe inspiring aerial videos and photographs. Ther [...]


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FOR ONCE IT'S ACTUALLY OK TO LOOK DOWN

Do you like to climb something just because it is there? I don’t only rock climb so that I can beat guys in arm wrestling, or spend my day staring at people’s bums. I climb because the view is worth the effort. Ever since I was little I’ve always looked for things to climb; trees, rocks, walls, anything. I never really understood why I loved cli [...]


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GRAZED SHINS AND JELLY BEANS

Years before our time, our ancestors vowed to explore each and every inch of this planet and embrace every given opportunity to gear up and embark on an adventure… today, with things clearly being a bit more modernized and couches being the orderly choice of den, adventures become far and few without the right group of likeminded company.

But w [...]


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Watch a kayaker falling from 40m!

There are a handful of kayakers who retain that early-life curiosity, which most of us grow out of in our teenage years. They continue to ask themselves, “I wonder if someone could jump off that—and live?” These kayakers find newer and bigger places to turn paddling into a vertical endeavor, and make the rest of us cringe.

Rafa Ortiz dropped 40 [...]


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The Hike of ignorance

 Chalk pastel illustration by Diane Shearer 
 

6 Adventure hungry friends headed out for another hike in the Drakensberg. The extent of our planning for our hikes consists of reading th [...]


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Christmas Gift Guide

 

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the ultimate gadget enthusiast in your life then Action Gear is the place to go. We have chosen our top 15 Christmas gift ideas that we think will be right up your alley. Now [...]


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GoPro's near space experiment

It’s been three months since we originally decided to take part in the Global Space Balloon Challenge 2015.  I got up at 4am on Saturday morning… even with a 3 year old I’m still not used to getting up that early. Took a quick shower and headed over to BinarySpace hoping … nay praying that I loaded everything we would need today. Today was the c [...]


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Take your 4x4 on an adventure

To South Africans there is nothing more appealing than a road trip through the wilderness; it is a symbol of freedom and a chance to escape the chaos of day to day living. The best way to truly experience incredible views and scenery is to hit the dirt road in your 4x4 while you wind your way through pretty countryside, breath taking mountain pa [...]


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Sneak Peek of GoPro Drone Footage

There has been heaps of excitement building around the Drone which GoPro have said to be developing. Well, for those of you who are still unsure of this we can confirm for 100% that this is in the pipeline and is due to be released around the middle of 2016. GoPro aren't trying to hide the fact either as they've released this sneak peak below fo [...]


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Kingsley Holgate conquers the heart of Africa

Cape Town - Africa has a way of stirring deep, existential emotions both within the hearts of those who call it home and those who long to visit. But if you've ever wanted to know exactly where the heart of Africa is, geographically speaking, you can now head to the vibrant rainforests of the Congo to find a beacon firmly planted to mark the spo [...]


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The New TomTom Bandit Action Camera

TomTom, the makers of GPS navigation units and sports watches, have joined the Action Camera market with their latest offering – the TomTom Bandit. I was fortunate enough to get to play with one in Cape Town, shortly before they launched in South Africa.

The Bandit was made with one specific goal in mind – to make it faster and easier for actio [...]


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Exploring Wits – Salomon City Trail Run

On Saturday 19th September, Warrick and I decided to enter the Salomon City Trail Run 10km Race at Wits University. The whole concept of this run is about bringing the freedom and spirit of mountain running to the roads and cityscapes which definitely appealed to us. I am also usually not that keen to enter 10km races as I find this distance too [...]


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Tech-Prep and Adventure Hunting

Over the years, the concept of an outdoor adventure has shifted from a nature defying journey of survival to being a more orientated and technology supported expedition on a further and broader horizon. That being said, it needs to be noted that although the presence of tech gear does in fact make life a little simpler, you shouldn’t b [...]


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How Drones will improve Farming

Flying cameras seem like something out of the movie Back to the Future but the future has now arrived as Drones are now readily available and they will make your life easier on the farm.

We have already seen Drones being used practically by South African farmers for various reasons such as aerial game counts, crop assessments, monitori [...]


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PowerMonkey Extreme Review

A while back I got the test the PowerTraveller PowerMonkey Adventurer. A basic bottom of the range solar panel and power bank built into one. Its big brother and my new ‘always ready for an adventure’ piece of gear the PowerTraveller PowerMonkey Extreme is pretty … extreme. I like to think of it as the version up from the Adventurer. I [...]


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Kinetic Gear Multisport Challenge

Kinetic Gear has been well known for organising major expedition styled races, very popular night runs and smaller (120km) events designed at getting more people active in Adventure Racing. Following the theme of their very popular Kinetic Adventure Series, Kinetic Gear has introduced the first ‘Multisport Challenge’ (hopefully not the [...]


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Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell - Review

The Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell is much like the Turtle Shell 2.0. If you don’t know what either is, then you are missing out on life. The Big Turtle Shell is a wireless (Bluetooth) portable speaker that is ‘generally any liquid proof’, dust proof and pretty darn loud. The speaker is aimed at athletes, party goers and outdoor enthusi [...]


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PowerTraveller Discovery and Spider Monkey Review

I find the Discovery and the SpiderMonkey are my most used tools from PowerTraveller. They fit perfectly into my life, perhaps because of their easy and simplistic styles. What is a PowerTraveller Discovery and Spider Monkey? Well for starters, they are two different items of gear that look the same but have completely daily tasks.

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Greg Avierinos ‪#‎Warrior6‬ - My story

So as i'm sure most of you know a race might be won or lost on the battlefield but it’s in your training that you equip yourself for battle! My training was slightly lacking for this past Warrior as my weekends were filled with some awesome adventures like Ice Climbing up in the Drakensberg and Kloofing up in Sabie and these weekends although no [...]


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GoPro Buy Back with Action Gear

So you were an early adopter and saw the potential of GoPro, jumping on the opportunity to record the moments that meant the most to you. Now you own a GoPro and as time has gone by you've seen the progress of GoPro and even though you love your GoPro, you'd like to get with the times and make use of the technology and features GoPro has impress [...]


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The Quick Escape

About 6 weeks ago, my girlfriend Ash had a knee op. She was and still is a mountain girl and a keen trail runner. Now well into recovery, my goal was to take her away to the Wolkberg where she could start with short hikes and experience mountains new to her. It was a last minute trip; we planned to just drive into Tzaneen on Friday aft [...]


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New Firmware Process for DJI Phantom 3

Just a quick update for those of you who have a Phantom 3 currently or have just received your new drone from Action Gear recently.  Some people may be having issues with their drone due to the new firmware that DJI had released for the Advanced, Professional and the newly received Standard. Here’s what you need to do to get your Phant [...]


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Review of the Electricity Generating BioLite Camp Stove

The number of options for powering your devices while in the outdoors is growing by the day but some of them don't last and others are bulky. I set out to test this new technology to see if this could be a better option for my hikes and trips into the bush. What I found is that the BioLite is light weight, small and more importantly - it works. [...]


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Top 10 Driving Roads in Cape Town #3

Number 3 in the search of my ten top driving roads in Cape Town led me to the beautiful Chapman’s Peak. A hotspot for motorists and cyclists alike, Chappies as it is locally known, features high speed gradual corners and tight chassis-testing corners, perfect for anyone looking to have some fun in their car, or on their motorbike.

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Makgadigadi Pans Mountainbike Adventure

A Three day trek across the Makgadigadi pans on mountain bikes in Botswana, what a great experience! Kubu island was an absolute highlight. But riding on the ancient lake bed, now turned into salt pans was extremely taxing on the body. Although being fit for normal conditions, my heart rate basically stayed at 165+ bpm for hours at [...]


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This crazy guy set a new cliff-jump world record

From below, a high-dive platform resting at 58.8m looks simply high. From above? It quickens your pulse and makes you draw in your breath and wonder how anyone could survive this kind of a drop – even if it is into an 8m-deep pool of aerated water. But that’s the view Laso Schaller had as he contemplated such a leap. And he made it – setting a n [...]


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The 5 best training climbs around Johannesburg and Pretoria #2

With the summer steadily approaching, a lot of cyclist in the area are starting to dust off the cobwebs from their bikes and getting back into shape. With the second part of the racing calendar kicking off at the end of August, we have identified a very well balanced climb to help you work on those sustained climbing efforts. These eff [...]


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Meet the Phantom 3 Standard

Meet the Phantom 3 Standard: DJI has just announced their new camera drone, said to be "the most accessible intelligent flying camera ever built. Easy to fly and engineered to let everyone take to the sky, now you have the power of flight. Safe, easy, and fun to fly, the Phantom 3 Standard makes it possible for everyone to reach for the sky. Wit [...]


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Top 10 Driving Roads in Cape Town #2

A few weeks ago I started a series where I try to find the top driving roads in Cape Town. Although there are a quite a lot good driving roads in Cape Town, only a few qualify as great roads. Victoria Road between Seapoint and Hout Bay is just that, great.

Route name: Seapoint to H [...]


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Jeep and Action Gear bring you the #BucketList Challange #1

Action Gear has partnered with Jeep South Africa to bring you the ultimate Bucket List Challange. The plan is to give your average normal urbaner a chance to live up to their Bucket List and fullfil their dreams throughout South Africa. Jeep and Action Gear are here to make it happen! We have kicked off with an amazing bungee jump with PlayAtHei [...]


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Robbie Maddison's "Pipe Dream"

Coming into the office this morning we were lucky enough to find this in our inbox's and thought this was definitely something you'd like to see. Robbie Maddison on his dirtbike taking on the waves makes this seem nearly surreal, giving the term, 'Riding Waves' new meaning. "DC presents Robbie 'Maddo' Maddison’s “Pipe Dream,” giving the world a [...]


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Terence reviews the Klipriviersberg trail

Klipriviersberg is a Municipal Nature Reserve that is open to the public for free. It is located in the South of Johannesburg adjacent to the very popular MTB Park known as Thaba Trails. Klipriviersberg boasts amazing trails for the nature loving hiker and more than enthusiastic trail runner. The well run and maintained reserve has 2 entrances; [...]


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My First Night Run

In this day and age, it goes without saying that the majority of the South African population would rather be tucked in under a blanket and in front of a screen than out in the middle of nowhere, navigating through the dark and surrounded by nearly 200 sweating strangers. In the trail running community, nothing sounds better. I hadn’t [...]


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Storm Chasers - Taking on the White Water

Barrydale, WC, South Africa. Early June 2015 - a cut off low approaches the Western Cape of South Africa. There are storm warnings out and a severe flooding forecast for the Overberg extending to Mosselbay. This is not an average occurrence and we, as exploratory white water kayakers, know what is about to come to life. About 3 hours drive from [...]


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CAA Regulations Update - Explained and Simplified

Since the 1st of July 2015, CAA have implemented and are enforcing the new regulations as we have all been informed about and made aware of.  Most of us are really not sure where we fit in and hopefully I can make some sort of light on what I have found out so far and hopefully I can explain in my own words what you need to do to ensur [...]


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What is a Blue Moon?

It only happens once in a 'Blue Moon', is admittedly the first thing that comes to mind, it's a popular phrase with no actual meaning to it. Let’s face it, the phrase sure is catchy. If you feel inclined to reading the definition(s) of what a Blue Moon really is on [...]


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The 5 best training climbs around Joburg and PTA No. 1

With the biggest cycling event in the world - the Tour de France - now in its final week and some of the most daunting climbs in France staring the riders in the face, we as the Tuks Cycling team thought it a good idea to show our local hero’s the best climbs around the area so that you too can win your early morning race against that [...]


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How to: Night Mode shooting with GoPro Hero 4

When I first used my GoPro Hero 3 Black I was bowled over. I couldn’t comprehend how such a small camera, can capture such amazing quality video. I wanted to record everything I do with it because I just could not get enough of it.  There simply wasn’t enough time (and memory cards) in a day to record everything that happened. After on [...]


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Eduard shares his Bali trip with some great footage

My mom recently decided that she wanted to visit the island of Bali in Indonesia and decided to take my sister and I during the June holiday this year. We stayed in Bali at the Grand Mirage resort in Nusa Dua from 28 June till 6 July. The resort is very well situated for a family holiday or honeymoon, but if you want to experience the [...]


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Kloofendal Nature Trail Review

Kloofendal is a small nature reserve in the middle of Roodepoort. The reserve used to be well known for its functional amphitheater and animal shows on the weekend. It's the perfect small and quint escape from the city and offers 8km's of trail in total. While it may not the longest of trails, it is certainly not short on quality. In a [...]


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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all

Norway is a very expensive country and most of the time I felt that we were just spending all our money on transportation. We decided we were just going to hitch hike, it can't be that bad. After meeting this elderly couple from Lisbon, Portugal, who were old enough to be my grandparents, we met up with them in our hostel and they offe [...]


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Win with The Bike Show and Action Gear

Our very own David Davies is a regular on 'The Bike Show', showing the latest news on what motorcyclists want to know and the best tech to make thier lives easier and safer. In their upcoming episode, David asked 'What motorbike was reviewed in the episode?'. We're giving a SLX Extreme iPhone case to one lucky customer, for simply heading to t [...]

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Never trust a train

I don't know hey, these big blue and yellow trains and I don't get along very well. We entered the train and there was that releasing sigh of relief when you get to put your 20kg bag on the floor. Next step is to remember not to leave your seat because when the whistle goes and those doors close its game over, and trust me it's the worst feeling [...]


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South Africa's very own takes victory at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

On Saturday, South Africa's very own Greg Minnaar stormed to victory at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to become the all time leader in Downhill World Cup wins. Minnaar went into the event level on victories with his injured Santa Cruz Syndicate team mate Steve Peat, each rider having 17 World Cup titles to their na [...]


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Spring Break Trail Run, with Action Gear Adventures

Action Gear Adventures is proud to present our 2nd adventure of 2015, an awesome family themed Trail Run in the heart of Krugersdorp on the 13th of September. The Trail run has various distances for any level of trail runner and the routes will be both fast and technical and will feature an awesom [...]


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Hiking the wolf cracks in the Cederberg Mountains

I knew I should have printed the directions but, like always, I never did. The sun was setting and darkness approached quite rapidly as the mist eerily started to swallow the gravel mountain pass that we were driving on. Even though I was convinced that we must have missed a turnoff somewhere, I refused to admit that we were lost. I just kept on [...]


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The Action Gear Team Bungee, Play at Height in Fourways

Recently the Action Gear team was invited by 'Play At Height' to their launch in Fourways. A few of the team went through to meet some interesting folks and got to bungee off the top of the tower that I'm sure a lot of Joburgers have seen by now. We took our GoPros with us so that we had something awesome to share after. TJ, Mike, John-Micheal a [...]


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Adventures at Addington

Looking for any reason to go on an adventure has become a day job for me for well over a year now. The opportunity to try something new, spend time with those that matter to me and have a camera in hand has become a full time pursuit, and I love it! As an occasional racer, I found the notion of convincing myself to go and watch comrade [...]


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Top 10 Driving Roads in Cape Town #1

So deciding I wanted to do something a little different to my usual product reviews. I pondered for a while about what I could do that would be a nice step away from the reviews and features. Then it dawned on me with a great drive along the coast, what if I did a feature about the Top Driving roads in Cape Town. We live in a very beautiful coun [...]


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The Team's favorite GoPro videos

With this weeks newsletter being everything GoPro, we thought we would share some our favorite GoPro videos that have traveled around the office recently. We've chosen 5 of our favorites and trust you'll thoroughly enjoy them. Sit back, relax and enjoy some creative and adventurous folks doing amazing things in the dream of sharing their experie [...]


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Father and Son Trip

My dad and I always used to talk about all the adventurous things we would do, but as life got in the way, we hardly ever did any of them. About two weeks ago, I decided that it was time to finally commit to all those promises and seeing as though my dad was free that weekend, it seemed like the perfect time to go mountain biking. Only [...]


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GoPro Hero+ LCD, what you need to know

A Few months ago I added a GoPro Hero to my arsenal and I was thoroughly impressed with the bang for buck capabilities of the unit. What impressed me most was the great battery life this model offers, often being able to record more than 2 and a half hours on a single charge. At the end of July, GoPro wi [...]


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GoPro HERO 4 Silver Edition, with Robert Bateman

For years GoPro has been the de facto in action cameras and although they have been given a healthy dose of competition they still seem to come out on top by keeping things the same on the outside yet ramping up the performance on the inside. I recently got to spend some one-on-one time with the new HERO 4 Silver and found it hard to s [...]


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Understand the new CAA Regulations, with Mike Carey

With drones only increasing in popularity, the need for rules and regulations has arrived to ensure the safety of both the public and drone pilots. Some would think that the current news and media coverage of the need of these regulations, and how they would negatively affect drone pilots, would hamper the purchase and popularity of drones in So [...]


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Play-boating with, Terence 'ActionMan' Vrugtman

Paddling your arms off, the feeling of dropping into the wave and a second of panic builds up to a feeling of achievement, freedom, pure joy - Man it's awesome, technically it's 'White Water Freestyle Kayaking'.

It’s a sport not known to many and if you look at the size of white water kayaking in South African and the World, 'White Water Kayake [...]


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DJI Flying Experience Review

Saturday 9th May, Action Gear Team partnered up with DJI to bring our customers a 'DJI Flying Experience'. We got to test, fly and learn about the latest and greatest from DJI and the more experienced pilots got to talk specs from some of the best drone pilots in S.A. thanks to DJI. We thought it best to [...]


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Lily, flies itself...

If you have your finger on the pulse of the drone, FPV and camera market (or just love great new tech), then I’m sure you’ve started to hear the hype about 'Lily', a self-flying drone. This is the first product from [...]


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GoPro Hero 4 Night Lapse, Stefan Kruger

Well, some of you might have heard of the Night Lapse function on the GoPro Hero 4, this is the first time GoPro has introduced this function to the users and to be honest with you I am really impressed with the quality of the images and time-lapses. What makes a good image taken at night would probably be the amount of grain that is v [...]


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Speed flying Lions Head with Stefan Kruger

This video was taken on Sunday the 19th of April, at around 3pm when me and my mate Phillip decided to go see what Lions Head looked like for some speed-flying, when we got there the wind was weak and the potential for flying wasn't really in the air as we mostly rely on the wind, but as you can see on the video, the wind came up with one pull b [...]


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How to Time-Lapse on GoPro Studio, with Douw-Steyn Lessing

Time-lapse videos are simple and a great way to practice using your gear. "Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a sce [...]


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Victoria West Timelapse 720 HD

"Victoria West is a small town in the Karoo surrounded with lots of farms, warm sunlight and not much rain. I left the diving industry about 8 months ago when I'd already bought the [...]

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DJI Phantom 3 is here.

We are pleased to announce the DJI Phantom 3 series was released last week. More intelligent, more powerful, and more accessible than ever before, the Phantom 3 puts an immersive, fun flying experience in your hands. With the integrate [...]


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Action Gear Adventures 2015

Action Gear Adventures hopes to create a platform for adventure enthusiast to take on organised challenges and adventure based activities that one would not know how to organise or the time to do so. Why encouraging people to take on a variety of adventure activities we hope to build a focused community who will regular go on excursion [...]


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Rémy Métailler Taxco Downhill - GoPro of the World January Winner

Rémy Métailler takes home the third winning slot of the GoPro of the World PinkBike Challenge earning himself $1,000! Check out his awesome line in Taxco, Mexico! This insane video had me holding my breath, wondering if he could see the next turn, because I sure couldn't. The stairs, jumps and random people popping out of nowhere gets your heart [...]


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TERENCE 'ACTIONMAN' VRUGTMAN REVIEWS THE 'SOLARMONKEY ADVENTURER'

PowerTraveller is fast becoming a well-known name in the power industry. Their products are vastly popular amongst their target market and have earned that right. We were sent the PowerTraveller Solar Monkey Adventurer to put to the test and use while out on the job. Until now, I never really needed an extra power source but as my [...]


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Skydiving with 'That Bucket List Guy'

Action Gear Adventures Present, Skydiving with That Bucket List Guy. Skydiving is considered among most to be the most thrilling of all extreme sports. For starters, why would you want to jump out of a perfectly good, working plane? The answer is simple, to get the blood pumping, experience something like never before and most o [...]


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Wild Elephant Encounter at Kruger National Park

We had a great video sent to us a little while back, and we thought we'd share it with you! Thanks to Martin Heigan for sharing his Kruger Park experience. " This is a small section from one of two wild elephant encounters that we had close to the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park. The vegetation is very lush in late Summer, and we s [...]


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It's Always Sunny In Walter's World

Join this happy dog and his joy for the sea as he takes us for a ride down a Sicilian coastline to finish off with a leaping plunge into the ocean. It's always sunny in Walter's world! Shot 100% with the GoPro Hero3+! I'm sure you've seen clips, bits and peices of this awesome video or a least some of the similar one's going around, but this is [...]


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A drone's perspective - Hitting the Slopes in Utah

Action sports team Teton Gravity Research captures their skill as they ski and snowboard across scenic Utah. All shots made possible by the flexibility and rugged durability of the DJI Ronin, the world’s premiere handheld camera stabilization gimbal. Teton Gravity Research (TGR) is an action sports media company founded in 1996 [...]


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Jason Paul's Santorini Run

Join Jason Paul, professional free-runner,and his buddy Enis Maslic as they jump across rooftops, ring tower bells, and cruise the exotic island streets of Santorini, an island southeast of Greece's mainland. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single isl [...]


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Delta Dash MTB Endurance Race 2015

The Delta Dash 6 hour Endurance Challenge is taking place on Saturday 18 April at Delta Park School in Blairgowrie in Randburg, Johannesburg.

This annual event meanders through a mountain bike enthusiast’s paradise as cyclists race through the beautiful grasslands and woodlands of Delta Park. There is also a great fast section through the schoo [...]


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Terence 'ActionMan' Vrugtman reviews the Turtle Shell 2.0

We have been working with Terence 'ActionMan' Vrugtman for a little while, an extremely passionate guy, who just loves getting out there and getting involved. This week's review comes from Terence, and we think you'll like what he has to say - Action Gear Team

Ever since I can remember, I‘ve been a bit of a nerd when it came to technology. O [...]


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Discovery Memebers 'Selfie Stick' Promotion

This Months's Discovery promotion is really a great one, with selfies getting more and more popular everyday, it's always good idea to ensure that even when the trends start getting our attention that we do our best to keep them positive and healthy. Thus this week we hope to give you a great little piece of gear, that will keep those selfies co [...]


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GoPro: Shotgun Balloon Drop

GoPro Athlete Erik Roner floats 8,000 feet into the sky in a lawn chair attached to 90 weather balloons. Watch as he pops the balloons with his shotgun and skydives back down to earth. Again, another interesting character using his GoPro in new ways, not only to record his moment of craziness is awesome quality, but also showingn the use of the [...]


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The 10,000ft Proposal

With Valentine's Day behind us there are some amazing ideas out there from some pretty interesting people. Tech like GoPro and all the new accessories to aid in taking the perfect shot from any angle, the creative juices are flowing and the results are always getting better without having to [...]


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Jet Surfing in Hawaii, the new EXTREME SPORT

Kai Lenny & Pato Teixeira invite you to discover a Jet Surf session, its first test in the powerful waves of Hawaii.

"JetSurf was founded in 2008 by Martin Sula, with the intention of pushing the boundaries of water sports, using the team's experience in engineering and electronics to create a new way to ride. The idea of a motorized surfboard [...]


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GoPro: Lexus The Dirt Bike Dog

Join Lexus the Dirt Bike Dog and James Stott for an epic ride across the dunes of Little Sahara, Utah.

With connectivity getting ever more advanced, and let's be honest more fun, the media you share and consume doesn't have to be limited to the unfortunate news. With cameras like the [...]


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Wildfire GoPro footage

 

Wildfires are quite common in Australia and in 2009 fires have killed over 170 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. The new year did not kick off on a good note when a bunch of wildfires broke out in southern Australia [...]


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Twins test diet theory

It’s a new year and along with it comes a lot of New Year’s resolutions concerning health and fitness. The biggest debate making its rounds is the bunting (cutting carbohydrates out of your diet) and fatty foods. British twins, Alexander and Chris Van Tulleken set out to find out which is worse.

They are both doctors, l [...]


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Fireworks Factory Explodes

 

You never know when you will find your camera to be handy in order to capture an insane moment in time. Watch how an explosion inside a fireworks warehouse is caught on camera in Colombia. It has been reported that 2 people were inju [...]


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What happens inside a dishwasher?

It's such a mystery to all of us! What happens when you close those doors and switch on your dishwasher? This is why we think this guy deserves a medal for firstly thinking of doing this and secondly pulling it off. His biggest challenges were battery time and overcoming the heat inside the machine to not effect his equipment. He also has two li [...]


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Some Other uses for a GoPro

 

We like showcasing all the different uses for that nifty action camera of yours but Conan o' Brien delves deeper in the late night show when he places it on a sandwich. Although GoPros can be used for capturing all kinds of amazing and adventurous f [...]


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Afterglow Night Skiing with a GoPro

Pep Fujas, Chris Benchetler and Eric Hjorleifson shred the Alaskan backcountry in Philips TV's Afterglow film. A combination of LED light suits and massive colored lights all over the mountains create one of the most unique perspectives in skiing hist [...]


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Japan founded the Selfie Stick decades ago

If you're not familiar with  "chindōgu" or useless Japanese inventions rather, then you're in for a treat! Japan has been featuring highly specific products for years now and Redditors have recently discovered a selfie stick in a 1995 catalogue.

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GoPro seek to catch Santa Claus

 

What would you do if your tech-savvy child decides he wants to catch Santa Claus red handed with a mounted GoPro on Christmas morning? You play along of course! Watch how this seven-year-old reacts when he watches the footage the next morn [...]


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After Christmas Sale

 

Welcome to our post-Christmas sale, where we're discounting a few selected items until stocks last! Please note that we are closed during this time and will re-open again on the 5th of January 2015. That means that any orders you will be placing during this time [...]


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Our GoPro video selection for 2014

As we face the end of yet another year, we thought we'll assemble some of the popular GoPro videos we've seen over the past 12 months - and share it with you here. We at Action Gear, would like to wish you an action packed holiday filled with many memories. Don't forget to [...]


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The world's first bicycle escalator

 

Going uphill can be physically exhausting and downright difficult, especially for the elderly, parents pushing a stroller, or anyone who is already worn out from cycling all day. That's why the Norwegian city of Trondheim, a place that pr [...]


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Bald eagle flies over stadium with GoPro

 

Challenger the Bald Eagle soars into an NFL stadium during the National Anthem...wearing a camera! In an effort to educate the public about the importance and beauty of this majestic species, this video was created to show what it looks li [...]


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Rollercoaster tour at an open house


A Dutch brokerage firm illustrate the potential of creative real estate with a promotional video, showing a mock-roller coaster ride through a house-for-sale. The wooden framework has been installed to weave throughout the int [...]


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Backflip over 21m Canyon

 

Are you stuck at the office in need of a thrill? We have the video that'll awaken your nervous system instantly! The Red Bull Signature Series include the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross [...]


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From a Lion's perspective

 

I know, I know - you've watched all the notorious "animal steals my GoPro" videos on YouTube already and can't see how this one is any different. The fact that a GoPro camera is picked up by a curious lion isn't the draw factor here,  but how the lion manages to sh [...]


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Outside Magazine's top adventure photo picks

Outside Magazine has selected their Best Adventure Photography picks for 2014 that shares a fair balance between wild, thrilling, beautiful, and serene. The selection varies in subjects, from the heart-pumping image of a paragliding daredevil's descent to the the beautiful scene of an isolated man on an ironically miserable fly-fishing trip. Ult [...]


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Make a music video with a GoPro

One of our customers proved once again that costly production expenses can be avoided by just using your GoPro. Throw in a bit of your ALREADY adventurous life and you can also make a music video! Check out this vid, entirely shot with a [...]


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GoPro goes through radiation

It's school holidays and a curious PhD student sends a camera through an industrial radiator. After being shielded by a 1/4" lead box, this GoPro was sent through an industrial radiator. As the camera approaches lethal radiation leve [...]


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Stray Dog Joins Adventure Racers

As four Swedish athletes sat down to eat some canned meatballs ahead of a dangerous rainforest trek in Ecuador, they gave one to a stray pooch. That dog - who's now been named Arthur - then followed them to complete their entire 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship. It didn't matter what task they took on, Arthur the dog was there.

He s [...]


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The new DJI Inspire

DJI's Inspire 1 combines the knowledge learned from the Phantom copters, and technology previously only available in the more high-end professional units like the S1000. The Inspire1 has a new type of mount which is completely modular and upgradeable, the built-in camera can shoot 4K video and 12 megapixel photographs. It also offers dual operat [...]


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ACTIONGEAR TV EPISODE 15 WITH Richard Palmer

Richard Palmer is one to look up to and is showing how time constraints shouldn't keep you from ticking your bucket list. We all have jobs and family life to maintain so Richard decided to do the  perimeter of South Africa in various stages or legs. No need to rush through it and always chase after that "record" - why not take your time and take [...]


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SA Water Slide Video Goes Viral

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Make your way down to  the Wild Waves Water Park in Port Edward, Kwa-Zulu Natal and attempt their Aqua-Loop water slide, which has received lots of acclaim on Facebook by people all over the globe.

The initial location of the waterslide was  under hot debate by many, with locations such as Wisconsin, [...]


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How to make a sick edit

We get the question a lot! We always advise customers to go into your activity with a set edit in mind already. This just makes post production a lot easier. This video is epic in itself and a very humorous look on how to make the most epic edit ever. We at action gear agree with Matt Dennison that the process involves the following steps: Choos [...]


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What’s on your bucket list?

Admit it – we all have one, but we thought it best making a list you can actually stick to. We’d like to challenge you to tick off each and every one of these. I mean, what’s stopping you? It’s summer, the holiday season is approaching and tis the season to TAKE IN all those precious moments you might have missed out on being cramped up in your [...]


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New GoPro Product - The Handler

GoPro have today announced their new floating hand grip - The Handler. This is more of a familiar product to GoPro users than some of their other more revolutionary products and accessories because these floating grips have been available from the likes of GoPole and DS for a few years already. With that said, this is a super handy product to ha [...]


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Special Competition for DiscoveryCard holders Only

Action Gear and DiscoveryCard have partnered up once again to offer a special competition which is only available to DiscoveryCard holders. The prize for this great competition is a brand new Drift Stealth 2 action cam which has only just been announced last week!

How do you enter? It's easy... Simply spend 5000 Discovery Miles [...]


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Aerial footage of Cape Town goes viral!

Who can spot the shark? Cheng is a Taiwanese American photographer who visited South Africa in August this year and released his incredible footage on social media on the 11th of October. He is an award winning underwater and aerial photographer and used the ever so reliable DJI Phantom 2 during his visit to our beautiful mother city!

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ActionGear TV Episode 14 with Karen Hauptfleisch

Over the past decade Karen has travelled to over 30 countries and have stood on the tallest mountains. She mostly travels alone and is notorious for getting emotional when peaking a mountain. She also founded "Soap Kidz" which is an organisation that assists children by bringing them closer to nature and is an activist for all things litter-free [...]


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What Gift To Buy Those Adventurous Men In Your LIfe

All YOU know is he loves getting outside and can be identified as the typical "outdoor man". Whether it’s just to take in the beauty that is nature or to engulf in the adventures the world outside of his office window has to offer. The problem is, now you have to get him a gift for Christmas...

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Basejumping video in Cape Town is making international noise

This video was posted in October 2014 and got the web buzzing with excitement and even some critique. We’re just so stoke to share the extremity with you and not to mention the beautiful scenery that is Cape Town! It was shot above Dungeons just around Hout Bay and definitely puts a new perspective to taking it to the next level.

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ActionGear TV Episode 13 With James Pitman

James Pitman had a colourful life thus far from receiving two degrees to driving a truck with friends from Cape Town to London. He even quit his prestigious job to travel India for 8months. But the one adventure that has to be told is the fact that he flew 44 days around the world in a man made aircraft. What a crazy feat!

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GoPro Hero4 review by Dylan Haskin

I recently got my hands on the new GoPro 4 Silver Edition!

This is the only Gopro that has a built in screen. Specs wise it’s very similar to the Gopro 3+ Black Edition with a few extras like the night time time laps mode. The body is the same size as the previous model and so is the housing. 

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Bike Computers for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge

It’s that time of the year, when cyclist get geared up for the 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge. With a new venue, new routes and revised distances, the event promises even more dirt, mud and fun than ever before. That’s why we’ve decided to showcase you the latest bike computers to assist you in your journey.

Don't forget to read the Gear tip fro [...]


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Tech Gear for the W2W in the Cape

The Wine 2 Whales is a 3 day stage mountain race all cyclist get very excited about each year! The name says it all – riders start in the Winelands of Somerset West, cross through 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas – including the Kogelberg Biosphere, before finishing withi [...]


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How to buy binoculars?

Binoculars simply do 2 main things for you. They increase the size of the image you are viewing, and they let more light in than your eyes can - making images appear brighter in low light conditions. The ideal binocular doesn’t exist, the consumer needs to decide on weight and usage.  Before you make your purchase consider what you will be using [...]


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action gear tv episode 11 with squash falconer

Squash Falconer is a UK adventurer and an absolute HOOT to talk to! She speaks to us about her "Nicker Theory" and what it's like to ride an eliptigo across the country. We also review the brand new Powermonkey Expedition which is an absolute vital piece of gear for hitting the outdoors!

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action gear tv episode 10 with thabang skwambane

Thabang Skwambane speaks to us about cycling unsupported all the way to Kilimanjaro for his Lonely Road Foundation charity and attempting to experience the road travelled by orphans every day. We also review the brand new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition which is available on Pre-Order in SA!

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Flying underwater with a Dive Wing

I hope you're getting excited as the December holidays are creeping closer! In the meantime, as we are sitting in our offices - it's never a bad thing to enjoy a little micro holiday by watching some awesome GoPro footage. Ever heard of Dive Wing?

In this video the dive wing was custom built from an old surfboard and is as simple as steering [...]


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Is the GoPro Hero4 really that impressive?

It's not like the world isn't already impressed with the quality these little cameras can produce. And you would have experienced insane footage on the web ranging from active volcanoes, death defining stunts and mind blowing diving expeditions - and that's just naming a few. But the new [...]


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action gear tv episode 9 with dakar rally driver, darryl curtis

Darryl Curtis speaks to us about the Dakar Rally and we review the Scala Rider G9 Bluetooth Communication system. Riders can communicate wirelessly within a range of 1.6km, with up to 8 users connected. The G9 also connects to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and can also be connected to an on-board GPS navigator and MP3 player via 3.5mm sock [...]


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Seals get belly rub from diver

Okay, we all know that cats are infamously popular on the Net but we definitely think that seals getting a belly rub just takes the cake. They are effectionately called "sea hounds" by some and scuba diver Jason Nelius get up close and personal with these friendly seals in the Farne Islands, UK.

Shot entirely with the GoPro Hero3+ Black and we' [...]


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actiongear tv episode 8 with angelo wilkie page

First person in history to cirumnavigate the world! Angelo Wilkie Page is starting this 6 year expedition next month (October 2014) and it is entirely dependent on human power! We also take a look at the OTHER popular action camera - the Drift Ghost S in our product review. What makes it different to the GoPro?

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Starting a fire with a DJI Phantom

We have some CRAZY customers! They definitely keep us entertained and we enjoy receiving their videos to see the kind of adventures they get up to. Brent de Luca is one of those and possibly has to be one of our most loyal customers. He is always up for anything adventurous and that's why we didn't expect him to just have a normal kind of braai. [...]


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Biker snatches up GoPro

It's pretty difficult NOT to be impressed by a biker dragging knee around a corner and snatching up a GoPro without doing a backflip onto the gravel. Rider Derek Molle made the video on the J turn at Mulholland, California. 

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Extreme Unicycling

Mountain biking is one thing, but what about mountain unicycling? GoPro captured extreme footage of 18 unicyclists cycling through the mountains of Moab, Utah, “for a [...]


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Man dives into an exploding volcano

Last month, Kourounis and Sam Cossman, an explorer and filmmaker, dived deep into the Marum crater, located in an active volcano in the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific -- and the fearless duo brought cameras in with them to capture their momentous adventure.

Kourounis, Cossman and two guides, Geoff Mackley and Brad Ambrose, spent fo [...]


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Dog's Eye View Music Video

The music video unfolded when artist, Johnny Neon, left his dog with good friend Dave Meinart for a weekend. Meinert says he was going to make a video just to prove to his friend that he did actually take the dog for a walk but the reactions from onlookers made him take another look.

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Flying Humans in New York

Its amazing how commercial activations, branding or simple awareness campaigns have to take to new heights to capture the attention of the public. A public that gets polluted with free information and entertainment on a daily basis. So, how would you spark some curiousity in a busy city like New York?

Flying People of course! This is such an aw [...]


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Two planes collide

Either you have SKYDIVING on your bucket list or you have already conquered the feat, but one thing can be said about it - it's terrifying enough without two planes colliding! The one upside is the fact that everyone is armoured with a parachute in this case (since everyone is skydivers) and that the pilot was able to use his emergency parachute [...]


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Petting Tiger Sharks

Robert Nimmo and Mickey Smith board the Emerald in Jupiter, Florida and dive into shark infested waters. Shot entirely on the GoPro Hero3+ Black with housing which can go up to 40m under water -  you might also love to use some of the dive filters to enhance your footage.

Don't forget your floaty backdoor to ensure you don't lose your camera. A [...]


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Action Gear TV episode 2 with trail runner, Ryno Griesel

We speak to Ryno Griesel about the inspirational journey towards breaking a record AGAIN with the Drakensberg Grand Traverse and we take an in-depth look at the Salomon Skin Slab 12 Set in our product review.

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Terrifying GoPro fall videos

Sorry for giving it all away in the title! Nothings worse than watching a video expecting that horrifying moment when the fall actually happens, but nothing compares to the adrenaline either. The first video took place on the second pitch of Tidrick's, North Gateway Rock. The climber took a big pendulum fall on the slab and happened to hav [...]


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Lions Head Hike

The Ultimate Lions Head Hike

Hiking up Lions Head is one of the top things to do if you visit Cape Town. It offers everything from incredible peaceful views to holding onto chains for dear life! And let's not forget the challenges you will face on the way up and down. I take the hike to the top and document everyhti [...]

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Action Gear TV episode with FMX Freestyle legend, Nick de Wit

Before I could barely swallow my last sip of take away coffee for the morning - I was standing in a FMX Freestyle legend’s backyard. His backyard is pretty impressive by the way and kitted out with ramps, berms and a surprisingly comfortable looking foam pit which I just wanted to jump into as soon as I saw it! For those of you who do not know – [...]


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Another collision with an animal caught on helmet cam

Am I hearing you say: "Whaaaat! Another one?". We've already seen the viral South African video of the mountain biker being tackled by a buck, but little did we know this occurance wouldn't be the last of it's kind. In 2012, only one year after this epic video - another one hit the internet! The video captures competitor Ryan Vitale racing downh [...]


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Grumpy Ram attacks biker

Filmed in Nelson, New Zealand - this motor cyclist  came across a very grumpy old ram, protecting his territory. It immediately started charging the biker and even rammed the bike with his horns. Apparently this guy has a reputation for attacking and being very stubborn and has his very own Facebook page dedicated to his antics: Check out the [...]


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Heartwarming GoPro video

We just had to share this heartwarming video! This is taken directly from the YouTube page: 

"In the fall of 2012, my brother skipped his flight home from his 2 week trip to Cape Town to stay and help an orphanage in a local township. In the two years since, I have made a few trips to work with him and the kids, who have become like family. Thi [...]


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One of the best GoPro videos we've seen in a while

You have to admit - the web is crawling with thousands of action packed GoPro videos being shared daily. According to the latest stats, it will take you 2 whole years to watch every GoPro video on YouTube (and that's without any sleep). So you might have noticed how difficult it can be to find a gem every now and again and it's well worth the ef [...]


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Capture Clip Review

The Capture Clip from Peak Design is without a doubt one of my most used camera accessories. I really don’t like having a camera strap around my neck and this is the perfect solution!

 

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MTB crash of the year

Most of us know how it feels to get SO into your MTB trail that trusting the path to be safely laid out in front of you is an automatic assumption. With the speed of most MTB riders, it can become quite dangerous, especially when the trail decides to throw you in the wrong direction!

 

In the spirit of launching the newest section to our websi [...]


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Quadcopter Crashes - look what happens after...

I have to be honest, there were a few minutes in this video where I went from that "Aaaaaaaah, look at the cute kitty" moment to thinking I was watching a scene straight out of the movie, Children of the Corn. Greg Johnson managed to lose control of his drone when it crashed in the middle of a suburbian area. While Greg was try [...]


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Outex Housing Review

I recently got asked to join Explore4Knowledge to shoot some of their river research in the Cederberg. A lot of their work gets done under water so I thought it would be a good opportunity to test out my Outex housing to capture their research. 

It’s really a great solution to protect your DSLR or Mirrorless camera from w [...]

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