We recently had the wonderful opportunity to not only meet the famous Jolandie Rust, but to partner with her!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Cycling Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles from Johannesburg to Mount Kilimanjaro: South African couple raise funds for Qhubeka charity
Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 May 2016 - South African adventure enthusiasts, Warrick and Camilla Kernes will be cycling Qhubeka buffalo bicycles from Johannesburg, South Africa to Moshi, Tanzania covering 4630km [...]
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 [...]
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.
Malcolm Fox was out riding in Somerset West when a group of robbers stopped him to steal his bike, cellphone, sunglasses and car keys - all at gunpoint. Thankfully, the police have been able to arrest the suspects and the stolen bike and cellphone have been returned. The whole incident was captured on Malcolm's [...]
I almost hyperventilated when watching this video and can't even start to imagine what he must have felt like for those few minutes! Watch how an action camera captures an avalanche catching up on a skier and burying him under a heap of snow.
You may hit an excruciating few minutes where you feel you want to claw yourself out of there yourself [...]
Article updated 12 June 11h00.
After a Channel 24 article on the banning of drones in South Africa, it has been a struggle for most to get a definite answer out of the SACAA. But we finally have the latest on the banning of quadcopters from the SACAA’s Communications Manager, Kabelo Ledwaba.
Seems flying drones in SA is NOT il [...]
King of the Fort Gravity Race is a Downhill Skateboarding and Luge event hosted by First Nature at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa. This year will be the 5th year that First Nature has hosted KOTF and in 2014 it will again be the only race on the SAGRA Championships calendar outside of the Western Cape.
Check out how this guy casually paddles into the ocean with a GoPro in his hand, totally unaware of what lurks beneath him. His camera captured two creatures - can you imagine how he felt when he watched that footage a bit later? Can anyone say GOOSEBUMPS?
Remember to have your GoPro strapped to a[...]
It's so easy for anybody really, to blame the circumstances, the odd incident or labyrinth of complicated events for the short comings and failures in life. I personally know that it's far easier to focus on the negative than the positive and that the little black spot on your beautiful white canvas - well, doesn't need to tarnish your attitude. [...]
Nick Woodman can be referred to as the founder and CEO of the action camera brand GoPro, but many of his closest friends and colleagues refer to him as a surf loving adventurist with the trademarked excited wail: “YEEEEEEEEEEEEEOW”.
He is one of the youngest billionaires with a net worth of around $1.3 billion and his journey to finding and bui [...]
1 - Plan what you want to shoot before heading out. For example, film loading up your bike in the morning you leave, film your mates leaving the meeting place (this makes up the start of your soon-to-be edit), film a little of your journey on the open road, film your arrival at Golden Gate (or whichever awesome place you're visi [...]
Panasonic recently announced their 4K resolution wearable action camera. Capable of shooting 4K at 25 fps, the HX A500 is unique in design and uses a clip on mechanism for attachment onto loose clothing or onto your head via an included head strap mount.
“We’ve seen the action camcorder market grow year on year as people look to share thei [...]
South African is known for its fantasticly scenic coastlines, so much so that South Africa is often a basecamp for surfing champions from around the world. Water currents, direction of winds and water temperature, are all factors that make SA one of the surf meccas of the world. Cape Town has long been known as a coastline destination surfers ca [...]
Due to to the iPhone 5’s stunning camera quality, there is a strong trend of people using the smartphone to capture video at a semi-professional level. From shooting full length feature films to using there to shoot HD quality video underwater, users are finding ways of getting the most out of their little Apple gadget.
One of the most interest [...]
Load-shedding, South Africa’s favourite pastime. Well not exactly a public favourite but defiantly something that all of us have had intimate contact with at some point. The ugly gremlin known as load-shedding, is back to turn perfectly good evenings at home into a nights of disappointment and boredom. With Eskom’s latest announcement of periodi [...]
In this video Warrick reviews the GoPole Reach.
The Reach is a great accessory for shooting in creative camera angles when using your GoPro camera. Its simple extension functionality allows you to place your camera in tricky to manoeuvre areas where an extra bit of ‘reach’ is required. The Reach is both waterproof and can extend to a length of [...]
2013 was arguably the year of the selfies with the whole world either taking quirky selfies in interesting situations or viewing them.
2014 seems no different with news of twitter crashing after talk show host Ellen DeGeneres played host to the ultimate selfie, taken at the 2014 Oscar around a plethora of Hollywood A-listers
The picture, which [...]
With only a few days before the next Argus Cycle Tour you've probably heard all the advice there is to hear. The last minute nerves however probably have you browsing around various blogs and sites to find out any other morsels of useful information which can help you on race day, so that's what we'll give you here; a few really useful bits of a [...]
Imagine being able to communicate with anyone in the world, from any location, over satellite using your smartphone. This is exactly what the Iridium GO helps you do. Using their Iridium GO device, users will have the ability to use any Wi-Fi enabled device such us a smartphone, tablet or laptop, to access both data and voice communication with [...]
As the years go by, the world sees more and more unique and slightly strange inventions as time progresses. One of these innovative inventions is the Oculus Rift.
The Oculus Rift is built around the concept of virtual reality. Virtual Reality s (VR) revolves around the concept of being able to use a set of specially made googles that create a [...]
Action Gear SA is dedicated to providing our customers with the best service possible. We will continue to strive to make Action Gear SA your first choice for the best products, lightning fast shipping and superior customer service. We’ve partnered with world leaders in technology and security to provide you with an eas [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
With annual marathons and runs being rolled for 2014, many people are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking one. From shorter distance family fun run to professional level ultra-marathons, there’s something for everybody.
I’m sure running for a marathon has crossed your mind at some point in your life, but running one is not as easy as it [...]
Hot on the heels of this year’s action camera releases is Liquid Image with their Ego LS action camera. With the very wide range of action camera available, manufactures are doing all they can to make their product that stand out from the crowd.
In Liquid Image’s attempt at uniqueness, the 8 year old company recently announced their 4G LTE Wi-F [...]
The 2nd new version of the ever-popular Phantom quadcopter has been given a new look and performance level to his predecessor. With a clear focus on ariel filming, this version is aimed at those looking to take advantage of their Phantom to achieve stunning ariel views.
An advantage that the Phantom had over other ariel drones was its ease of f [...]
As a big hand waves goodbye to 2013, 2014 brings a year of new times, new thrills and new year’s resolutions.
Last year saw Action Gear giving a little change with a brand spanking new, bigger and more colourful office work space in the same office block. 2013 also saw the release of the much anticipated GoPro Hero 3+. Some liked it and others [...]
Shopping for a woman can be a scary experience. Whether shopping online or heading to overcrowded shopping malls over the festive season, late shopping can be a nightmare.
Theres is a little insight on good xmas presents with a slight techo edge to gently ease your lady or family member into the gadget world.
Garmin Forerunner 10 [...]
A common problem among GoPro fans that are quadcopter flyers, is the Jello Effect. This irritating little problem can cause beautifully shot footage to look like wobbling rubbish. The funny jelly like effect is caused by the interaction between the camera’s shutter speed and the vibration caused by the mounting of the camera on the Phantom or ot [...]
In the wake of Amazon announcing it's plans of using flying drones to deliver parcels, the German branch of international delivery service DHL, have begun their own plans into swing. According to the Deutsche post company, full testing of the flying copter is currntly under-way in the German capital.
The technology behind the service, is the th [...]
For someone new to GoPro cameras or action cameras, the box-fresh GoPro Hero 3 White Edition offers a high quality high definition camera at an affordable price. The wide range and variety of GoPro mounts, accessories and add-ons that have been made available by the company make it a fantastic go anywhere camera.
To go along with their release [...]
Capture stunning 360° panoramic images with the Panono Ball. A perfect combination of camera and tossable, trowable ball.
Innovated by Technical University of Berlin student Jonas Pfeil, It makes use of a clever design that includes 36 evenly spaced lenses that work together as one camera system.
The fun thing about the Panono ball is that is [...]
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. “ [...]
4K Resolution the new TV Display hit.
While many people are getting used to seeing and having large LCD High definitions TVs, internationally a roll out of 4K cinema quality televisions are hitting the shelves.
A level above LED and 3D, these types of TV sets are said to be the next television standard after HD. What exactly is 4K?
In terms o [...]
Action Gear frequently gets questions on how to’s and troubleshooting problems.
Here on the following blog, we have put together a set of helpful links to pdf, videos and ebooks to sort out a range (and I mean range) of problems with a Drift camera.
Drift HD Ghost Digital User Manual[...]
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 [...]
The dream of having an all-electric home seems to be moving closer and closer. With the new Kwikset Kevo, locking and unlocking your home can be done safely from you smartphone.
Kwikset is the American company that specialises in digital and coded home security. Moving their products to the next level, they have unveiled their new Kevo product. [...]
Action Gear is giving away two sets of double tickets to the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor show. The 1ST TWO PEOPLE to answer our Q after 1PM will win.
All you have to do is answer one simple question with the hashtag #ActionGearTweet4Ticket on @ActionGear.
Question: Name any product Action Gear [...]
Who would have thought that one day your kettle would be able to ‘message you’ when fully boiled.
That’s exactly what the innovative iKettle does. This little wonder comes complete with a fully functional iOS app for control of the iKettle.
Now what is the iKettle exactly? Simply put, it is a medium sized stainless steel kettle 1.8L that is eq [...]
It seems the space age slash star trek slash cyborg age is finally getting some mainstream marketing. Introducing, the Sony HMZ the complete wearable display system.
Available in two models, the intro model the T3W, allows the user to watch HD video simulating a 19m sized screen thanks to the x2 720p OLED panels. The T1 model allows for 3D vid [...]
While we wait for technology to give us the ability to walk on water, a young inventor from San Francisco, USA, has created the bike that lets you ride on water.
Judah Schiller is the founder of BayCycle Project a movement hoping to raise awareness and mass produce his newest water bike creation.
Phillips have brought nothing but innovation with their wirelessly controlled light bulb system called the Hue. The system itself is a collection of light bulbs that can be changed to any colour with the use of a simple smartphone app. If the user is wants a purple coloured theme in their home, they simply select the colour on the Philips Hue Ap [...]
Local interest in smartwatches has increased since the recent launch of the Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. South Africans are looking to jump on the latest smart technology band wagon.
With the smartwatch market yet to reach its full potential, here is a head to head comparison of the Galaxy Gear and the Sony Smartwatch 2, two of the front [...]
Is it a phone? Is it a watch? Hybrid? Well Samsung’s watch come mobile phone, The Galaxy Gear kinda does both.
Revealed at the exclusive event in Berlin, it will mark Samsung’s first entry into the world of smart watches. Now what makes this hyped up product so wow?
Firstly let’s start off correctly. The Galaxy Gear is not a phone, well not in [...]
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 [...]
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!
The Novo is the smallest professional cinema grade camera on the market and offers stunning video capture for a mini camera of its size.
With the endless stream of new action cameras coming onto the market, film makers and action shooters alike are looking for key differences that would make them even consider making a switch from the GoPro Her [...]
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 [...]
With the wide spread availabilty of counterfeit memory cards in South Africa, it is sometimes difficult to spot a fake. Luckily we at Action Gear have completed a guide that will show you exactly how to spot the not.
Serial numbers don’t match.
On a fake card, the serial number on the card is different to the serial number on [...]
Toshiba have unveiled their latest soldier in the battle of the action cameras with the Camileo X Sportcam.The strike out feature of the Camileo X is it's striking resemblance to the GoPro Hero. A look which might confuse the newbie action camera user. Similarities aside, the camera does have some stand out features, with Full HD 1080 video capt [...]
Crazy Iphone 6 Pics. With iPhone users already waiting eagerly for the iPhone 6 to hit stores, many rumours of its specs and designs have started to pop up.
And with Apple having released a new iPhone every year for the last 3 years, the lovely iPhone lovers are expecting a new one to come out year end. Incredibly. Due to all the speculation an [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"So all you need to do is stick this little sticker onto your phone battery or any other battery and you'll get 40% extra battery life and a quicker recharge time". Sounds too good to be true - especially as it is only 149 bucks. How legit can it really be?
When we had the guys from [...]