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      John-Michael tests out the World's lightest Action Camera

      John-Michael tests out the World's lightest Action Camera

      By Brad Edwards AKA Fuzz

      At only 20 grams, the Geco Mark II is the world's lightest action camera. Made in South Africa, the Geco is one of the simplest, smallest and most practical camera's on the market. Designed to mount to the frame of your glasses, you will be able to film life's spontaneous moments in HD while still having the chance to experience them. The Geco is able to film in 1080p30, 720p30 or 720p60, which saves to a nifty removable 8GB MicroSD card The 300mAh battery will give you between 45minutes and an hour of film time between charges, and can record while charging if you've got a powerbank.

      One of the great features of the Geco is it's versatility and there are just some things where the angle and point of view you wished you could get were just not realistic. Being only a little bigger than a 5 rand coin and a tad longer, it can be mounted simply and feels like nothing's there, or placed in its 30m waterproof case and mounted to any 1/4 inch standard camera mount. It can also be used as a dash cam or webcam.

      The Geco can be used in pretty much anyway your imagination can come up with and being at a fraction of the price of other HD action cameras on the market at recommended retail of R2000, it's a lot less stressful on your pocket to share great footage.

      John-Michael national MTB cyclist and Action Gear Buyer tested the Geco Mark II out with a ride through Detla Park, which shows the quality of video at high speeds. This video was shot by John-Micheal alone with no help, using the accessories and tripod that come with the Geco in the box. One of the coolest parts for me was that I purely cut the videos into one video with YouTube's editor. There are no filters, enhancements or stabilization added. YouTube even had a choice of rad free music options to give the video a little Oomph.

      Hit that HD! - Head to Action Gear to see the full specs on the Geco Cam!

      Quick and easy, from recording to posting. Here it is, after a video about the geco.

      Here's what John-Michael recorded through Delta Park.


      Kloofendal Nature Trail Review

      Kloofendal Nature Trail Review

      By Terence Vrugtman

      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 additional to its trails, Kloofendal has well maintained picnic benches and ablutions. The trails are split into 3 main routes, joining 2 of them together makes for a nice 5km route suitable for anyone!

      Is it for beginners? Yes!

      The reserve offers a true trail experience without forcing you out of your comfort zone. It features both easy to run single tracks and technical bits to train the eyes and feet. Its amazing views and hills are just the right size for anyone. I like to use the route as a weekly time trial to monitor my improvements and wake up the legs for the week's running ahead. As you progress you can add in another 2km of trail to mix things up.

      Is it for Elite Athletes? Yes!

      The technical section along the trail allows for great training. A smooth and easy trail ideal for the faster training sessions and the route is often empty allowing for intimate moments between you and your mind. If the 5km lap isn’t enough, Strubens Ridge is across the road and is ideal for hill reps!

      Route Description:

      Start at the information board, run around ‘Planet Walk’ and the picnic tables as a short warm up. Make your way through the south west gate and into the reserve. Make sure you close the gate, from there follow the Red route markers leading you up the single track towards the south west side of the park. Follow along the pylons and cross the broken concrete bridge over the dried stream. Tackle the first of 3 the nice hills, as you get to the top a slight left reveals the second of the 3 consecutive hills. Once at the top, you would have climbed a total of 100m in 1.5km. The trail then leads downhill towards the 3rd hill. Thereafter you can have fun on the ‘sprint section’. The sprint section is an awesome flat-ish technical piece of single track that encourages you to bolt as fast as you can. The contoured single track lead has an amazing view of Kloofendal and the surrounding areas. The end of the sprint section introduces a long downhill I call ‘Mini’ Rockeries’. After running under the pylons for about 200m you break off the trail left heading further down until a sudden right turn towards the stream. It’s a technical crossing and then a slight hill, after the crossing take an immediate left and following this track till the next pylon. Just before the Pylon you turn right again, the trail becomes more technical as you go along. Finally the trail heads north after a tricky rock section and leads you into a forest type section. Follow the blue markers and you won’t get lost. As you exit the final gate you will notice you have finished right back where you started at the information board.

      The trail is 5km and has an extra loop if you want to make it longer.

      Additional Notes:

      • There is secure parking,
      • The venue is secure and well maintained,
      • There is not drinkable water along the route, so make sure you're prepared,
      • There are buck, hares and dassies to see along the trail,
      • Bring your own toilet paper for the toilets,
      • Keep the trail clean, how you found it, leave only footprints
      • The trail is great training for the Spring Break Trail Run, in September,

      Get on the Trail and share your thoughts - @TVrugtman