We recently had the wonderful opportunity to not only meet the famous Jolandie Rust, but to partner with her!
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 – [...]
We like taking things to the next level and you can imagine our excitement when we started selling the DJI Phantom quadcopter in 2013. The fact that this little gadget could take footage to new heights and lower production costs really got us on board. Sales across the nation rapidly increased in 2014 and before long – those little eyes in the s [...]
Local boy Chris Bertish has officially set the Guinness World Record for the longest Standing Up Paddle (SUP) ever recorded. On the 17th of December 2013 the Cape Town native set out to crack the record in an attempt to create social awareness for the LunchBox Fund organisation. [...]
This year’s Cape Argus Cycle Tour winner is Cape Town's own Nolan Hoffman. Hoffman (Team Abantu), secured his victory with a time of 2:39:31. This makes it his first Cape Argus title after 3 previous podium finishes. His win was far from easy though with Hoffman having to beat out Meron Hagos (Eritrea/MTN Qhubeka) who took second place. “There w [...]
Below is my *interview with American Outdoor Expert James Menta...
Today I have the pleasure of introducing Warrick Kernes. I have been following his site for a while now and I find it to be just a well of inspiration when it comes to adventure gear/outdoor electronics. You will find great information in this interview together with t [...]
For motorbike riders, winding down an open road with a few biker buddies offers a fun and bond-building experience. Communicating effectively with one another during a trip though, is another story. Most 1st time group riders use a series of hand signals to get there messages across. But this method can get confusing, with signals hav [...]
Experiencing our beautiful country via road tripping is a breath taking experience not many South African get to have. With vast sea like valleys, long winding dirt roads or the odd looking mountains tops, South Africa has some of the world’s best scenic routes. Now if you add the element of open motor bikes and a few biking club buddies, you ha [...]
South Africa is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is fairly easy to navigate with tempting freeways leading out of the big cities packing an insane amount of scenery. From snowy mountains to sandy beaches, Authentic African villages and picturesque settler towns, you'll never get tired of the scenery on these trips. Here [...]
The SuperBike racing will make its way back to South Africa’s glorious Phakisa Raceway after a ten year hiatus with the announcement of the 2014 World SuperBike World Championship.
The world famous superbike racing championship is arguably the biggest motorbike racing series alongside the MotoGP and now SA motorbike fans will have chance to ca [...]
Who would have ever thought that you could make and ride a bicycle made completely out of recycled cardboard.
The innovative bike is made from about US$9 worth of cardboard and is being unveiled to the world by inventor Izhar Gafni. Izhar aims to create full scale production by the end of 2014 with his main target market the underdeveloped regi [...]
Meet the Morpher, The very special biker’s helmet.
What's so special about it you ask? On top of looking ultra-stylish, this little baby is compact, safe and foldable. Yes foldable.The Morpher, is a helmet that folds away for easy storage after use.
The invention, which is still in its beginner stages, is the creation of Jeff Woolf. “ [...]
It’s a Wednesday night and you’re about to charge your phone, boom power goes off. What are your options? Limited. You have a solar charger but no sun means no power.
That’s where the FlameStower comes in. This is the crazy device that actually lets you use an open fire to charge your phone. Yes that’s right, an open f [...]
As National Braai Day gets closer and closer, South Africa will see scores of people looking to show off their braai skills at the many family get-togethers nationwide.
For a little bit of a twist to your braaing experience, why not try an open style braai. No braai stand, no problem,[...]
Mountain biking is one of the few adventure sports that offers new riders a chance to experience an extreme sport without fearing the danger of some of the other more scary adventure sports. If you are a mountain biker, chances are you’ve thought about capturing your rides on an action camera.
Using an action camera to capture moments of jump [...]
There’s a Coach in every watch. That’s the tagline for the new Garmin 620 and 220. Garmin have made total training monitoring and connectivity, their main aim for their latest fitness products.
The Garmin 620 and 220 are full colour display fitness watches that are the lightest and thinnest watches ever made by the global navigation giant. Acco [...]
The world is full of people looking to save on buying mounts for their GoPro and make their own DIY mounts and rigs. Here are a couple of the more…em…interesting ones.
1) Reminiscent of the movie UP! This Guy’s floats his GoPro instead of a house. He mounts his cam using a Styrofoam x that is squashed into 50 helium filled balloons. NICE!
Nothing gets more exciting than being lifted 8 metres into the air above a clear blue sea being stunned by the beautiful ocean below you and the sky above you.
The Jetovator offers breath-taking rides that few water sports accessories can offer.
It works by using external power from a high power personal watercraft (PWC), like a Jet Ski or sup [...]
On our usual GoPro news internet raids, the Action Gear team stumbled on a video of a GoPro dropping from more than 3800 metres in the air and surviving. I little mistake made by a skydiver trying to record his sky fall.
The lucky skydiver bumped his mount just as he jumped off the plane and thus his GoPro spiraled straight to down more than 38 [...]
Fishing and Fishfinders.
In the last few years fishing has gone from only a man with a rod on a boat to 30 metre fishing boats using radars, chart plotters and all-important fish finders. Angling has moved from a passtime using only natural instinct to using ultimate fish tracking technology.
When it comes to fishing, both for sport or commerc [...]
The weekend’s coming up and you and your mates have planned the ultimate camping trip complete with bundu bashing and dust covered skin tones. Camping goodies all packed and ready except you're missing one more thing. The place you’re going no electricity. No electricity means limited use of your devices and you ar [...]
The alarming rate of poaching in South Africa is now warranting larger and larger budgets being made available to clamp down on the rate at which these poachers are slaughtering SA's rhino population. The increasing plight of the rhino is now also attracting attention to the common poaching of many, many other of our animal species.
The fight [...]
Visitors to the Kruger National Park had the great fortune of watching a pair of cheetahs in the midst of their hunt of a heard of impalas. They chas the impala across the road a few times before the buck spotted a clever hiding spot from the predator on its tail... Watch the video below to see the impala dive for cover through the window of som [...]
Cameras seem to have reached a point where the quality is as good as it can get (hopefully we're wrong on this!) so now a lot of the manufacturers have turned their focus to including a heap of extra features to ensure that their camera is better than their competitors. One of the features which some camera brands have played around with is incl [...]
At last year's Getaway Show we were proud to take home the "Most Enthusiastic Exhibitor Award". At the 2013 Getaway Show we're looking to top that! Our stand is going to be bigger and better and we can't wait for you to see it.
The Gauteng Getaway Show 2013 will be running from August 30 [...]
The AMID Bike Show is one of the highlights on any bikers calendar and we're pleased that it is just around the corner again. We loved being a big part of the bike show in 2012 and will be back in 2013 in full force with our team of experts on all high tech sporting gear.
The Bike Show which is sponsored by AMID is a part of the massive weeken [...]
All bike fanatics can look forward to the ZOC All Bike Day at Zwarkops Raceway (Western Pretoria) on Saturday 13 July. There will be loads of bikes in loads of different types of races throughout the day. Drop by the Action Gear stand to say hi to our event crew and check out our great specials on the day.
Categories on the day will include Ka [...]
We're really buzzing (literally) after Monster dropped off the first shipment of our new bottomless supply of Monster Energy Drink. We're humbled by the fact that some of the biggest players in the market are starting to see us as a brand which they need to align with! That's worth a celebratory Monster! Cheers![...]
The Spot phone is abou [...]
There's a lot of interesting projects coming out of crowd funded programs like Kick Starter but the ClearShot invention of Mike Carney from Seattle is our favourite so far. Mike's simple yet ingenous idea is a clever plastic design which is small enough to fit in the credit card slot of your wallet but when you take it out it converts into a min [...]
Drift Innovation, the award-winning action sports technology company specialising in the capture and sharing of digital imagery, are pleased to announce their new partnership with Formula Ford as the official onboard camera to all cars competing in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
When using the solar charge batteries the common practise is to leave the solar panel in the sun all day connected to the recharageable battery in order to charge up teh battery. Then when arriving at your destination you then plug your phone, camera or any other electronic to the charged up battery source. This is a good way to do it but there [...]
The Lowveld Dual Bike Adventure is being run this year over the weekend of June 7th to 9th in Mpumalanga. We're looking forward to spending the weekend with all the dual sport riders and having a great weekend away. We'll be running some great show specials so be sure to catch us there if you're c [...]