Tested Gear Guide: Goal Zero’s Switch 10 Multi Tool Kit

Solar kit

We wouldn’t be able to bring you so many wonderful photos and videos if it weren’t for our Goal Zero solar gear. Thanks to goal zero, we’re able to head out for self-supported adventures. With their solar panels and power-packs, we re-charge our camera batteries, laptops, ipads, head-lamps, go pro cameras, gps devices, and phones.

But it’s not just when we are entirely off the grid that we need their gear. It could be on a bus, plane, car, small hike or anywhere in-between when your GoPro or phone battery dies.

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Enter the Switch 10 Multi-tool kit. You get a solar panel, fan, micro usb, usb flash0light head, and of course, the power keeper, the Switch 10.

To begin with, you can charge it before leaving the house via usb– and then, after using up the power, you can always recharge it using the Nomad 7 Solar panel. It takes about 4 hours to charge it from the sun on your Nomad 7 panel and likewise 4 hours from USB charging.

What can you charge with one Switch 10? Your smart phone once. It will do 25% of your tablet. 2x GoPros (or similar POV camera) and about 8hrs of flashlight time.

Now the new Multi 10 has a few features that it’s predecessor didn’t have. It has a tiny led flash-light built into it–which can be very practical in lots of situations. It also has a battery power gage that tells you how much juice you’ve got left on the device.

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Then you have the different heads: 1. a little but powerful fan
2. a micro usb charging head
3. a regular usb charing head
4. a flashlight head.

It is extremely reasonably priced at $119.99 — I thought it was going to be a good 50% more. Well done!

Check-out this video we took where we run through Goal Zero’s new Switch 10 Multi Tool.

Location: Peyto Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Watch our video review at the bottom!

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Here’s the low-down on it from Goal Zero’s Website:
More than a phone charger, more than a flashlight; the only all-in-one power solution for your pack. Quick charge phones, POV cameras, and other USB-powered gear, than switch on a flashlight for bright light anywhere, or a fan to cool off. It’s solar-ready and features a replacement, rechargeable battery that powers up from any USB.

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Replaceable Lithium Ion Battery Replaceable (3,000mAh/11Wh) lightweight, high power density battery. Instant-on technology for easy, plug-and-play power. LED battery level indicator and pass-through capability.
Quick Charge USB Port Intelligent Charging for any USB-powered device. (1.5A Output) Delivers smart power without overcharging or discharging.
Device Specific Cables Micro USB tangle-free charging for phones and tablets. Certified cables for efficient charging.
Solar Ready Built-in charging tip. No extra cable to lose. Charge up in 4 hours from any USB port – in 4 hours of full sun from the Nomad 7 Solar Panel
Switch Flashlight (160 Lumens) Wide angle to pinpoint for lighting up the trail or piercing the darkness. High power for maximum light, low power for extended runtimes.
Switch Fan Lightweight, quiet, breezy. Attachable fan for a personal cooling system wherever you go.

Features:
Recharge by: USB, Solar Panel
Power Output: USB
Ideal for: Phones, Switch Tools
Capacity: 11Wh, 3000mAh
Weight: 4 oz (113 g)
Kit Includes: Micro Tip, Flashlight, Fan, Switch 10, Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Video Review of the Multi Switch 10 Kit

Tested Gear Guide: Julbo Wave

Reviewer :The Expeditioners Roberto
Gear: Julbo Wave Sunglasses

It’s not often that a pair of shades lasts more than 3 months with us. And it’s not because we’re careless. It’s because sunglasses are one of those items that you can practically use every single day (depending on where you live.) But this frequent use, like anything else, is what usually causes there to be a high probability that you will lose them, scratch them, or break them.

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If you’re an outdoor adventurer, then that probability is even higher. Which is why Bella and I literally go through about 7 lost/broken/sunken pairs of sunnies per year. In the past year, we drove over a pair that had fallen in the snow, lost 4 to kiteboarding, one got scratched so badly that their un-usable (while crawling through a section of caves 1km into the earth that were 3 feet tall and 70 feet long,) and another also got bent out of whack somehow.

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So it’s with great surprise that I still have my Julbo Wave sunglasses after 5 months. And there’s a key factor why… they float.

When we’re kiting, the crashes can be pretty superb– and for a few moments you don’t know what is up, left or right. Most sunglasses don’t float– so if they came off your face, then Poseidon’s got a new look. Thanks to me, he has a new collection now.

With the Wave shades– they float perfectly. My solution to keep them from ripping off my face (when possible) was to put one of those touristy floaty bands. Both for keeping them on my face and for greater visibility after a crash. And trust me– these Julbos are so comfortable that you don’t want to lose them!

With many of the glasses I lost, the band just ripped off the end of the arms. In the case of Julbo’s Waves, I can tie the band to the arm tips, which kept it from tearing off like the others. The strap they supply is great for kayaking and calmer water sports, but tended to snap off with my kiting wipe-outs. Luckily, the wave’s arms have holes through which you can tie the strap nice and tight.

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Even if your strap does come off, with the Waves, after the confusion of a crash settles, you can easily spot them floating. Now it isn’t just the floating factor that made these one of my faves, it’s the incredible polarized lenses coupled with fantastic full eye-protection. When you do lots of water and snow sports, the sun is reflecting on the water or snow from beneath you- usually squeezing under your glasses and hurting your eyes. But with these, they cup your eyes just perfectly– so that no sun squeezes through, and so that I don’t get water into my eyes that’s kicking up from my board.

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Another neat factor I like is the drainage/venting holes, so that when you do take a dunking and come out–the water just drains out nicely. They give great air circulation while still protecting you. Must have been a water athlete that designed these! Here’s a few pics of mine in use!

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But what if you’re biking or doing a sport where you have way too much humidity and you nee extreme air circulation? Then you just snap off a section and suddenly they’ve got all the ventilation you could ask for. Transformer cool.

If you want to get yourself a pair, you can input ‘The Expeditioners’ as a promo code and get 10% off ANY Julbo shades!
Link to purchase: www.julbo-canada.ca

Website: www.julbo-canada.ca
Test Locations: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico | Yellowstone National Park, USA | Whistler, B.C. Canada
Price: $130
Available in 5 color combos.

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GoPro launches the GoPro3+

A revolution in POV (Point of View) Photography and Videos, the GoPro camera has forever changed the face of adventure photography. The newest addition of the line-up is the GoPro3+, which features video resolutions up to 4K, 12MP photos up to 30 frames per second, built-in Wi-Fi, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light modes. Waterproof to 131’/40m.

Stunning video quality has made GoPro the world’s best-selling camera company, and the HERO3+ Black Edition continues this tradition. High-resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes result in professional quality footage and allow for liquid-smooth slow motion playback. 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture.

The HERO3+ Black Edition captures gorgeous 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second—perfect for fast-action sequences. Time Lapse mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. Continuous Photo shoots full-resolution stills at a steady 3, 5 or 10 frames per second when holding down the shutter button.

GoPro is proud to introduce SuperView, a video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective. It allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot—resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage

Want your camera to automatically adjust for low-light situations? Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for enhanced low-light performance.

Enjoy crisper, clearer footage with reduced distortion. The HERO3+ Black Edition boasts a 33% increase in image sharpness thanks to its sharper lens and 2x reduction in imaging artifacts.

Sound quality is as important as image quality. The HERO3+ Black Edition features upgraded audio performance, capturing even the most subtle of sounds—whether you’re recording voices, music or the roar of your engine on a spirited drive. Advanced wind-noise reduction technology keeps the audio clearer during high-speed activities.

Featuring a 30% increase in battery life, you can go longer and capture more with the HERO3+ Black Edition.

With 4x faster1 connectivity to the GoPro App, you can preview content in near real-time2, and share your photos and videos quicker than ever. The GoPro App makes it easy to control your camera remotely with a smartphone or tablet—plus preview, play back and share your favorite shots via email, text, Facebook®, Instagram™ and more.3 Also enjoy enhanced connectivity to the included Wi-Fi Remote, which enables control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600’/180m.

Check-out the video to get a FEEL for what the new GoPro3 does here:

What Fits Into a Kayak

The Expeditioners Magazine Gear Guide: What fits into a Kayak?

The Expeditioners concept has been long in forming. It started with my adventures camping Quebec’s wilderness regions, and exploring the most remote places I could find. This video was filmed several years ago–when I was just getting into sea-kayaking. Somehow the videos got a ton of views– but I’ll be the first to admit that they’re somewhat long-winded, and that indeed, my list of necessities has changed some. Like bringing Wellington’s instead of Mountaineer Boots.. but hey, you learn:

Imagine–before coming up with The Expeditioners name, I was considering “Desert Penguin” and “My Wild” !!

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PART THREE:

Bear Bang Gear Review: Tru Flare

The Expeditioners Video Gear Review: Tru Flare

Being out in the wild requires you be conscience of the wildlife. For us Canadians that enjoy wilderness travel, there will always be Black Bears and Grizzly Bears to deal with exploring the wild!

You can startle them quite easily if you’re coming up a trail and they didn’t hear you. And your defence against these hairy canines (when you don’t have a rifle) are more intended to deter, than to stop. Enter the Tru Flare, a pen sized device that launches blanks into the air with a loud bang in the hopes of scaring them away. Be reminded that there is no guarantee that a.the bear will get scared from the noise or b. that you’ll actually have time to launch one before being charged.

This one that I demonstrate using is an aar-jarring shotgun-style bird banger that shoots 125 ft away from you. Noise level: 115 dB.

You can also use the pen-launcher for Emergency Flares. Check-out our demonstration of the Bear Bang in Willmore Wilderness, Alberta, Canada (Aka. Bear Region!)

Rock Out in the Wild

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Do you listen to tunes when you’re camping or doing adventure sports in the wild? Or do you prefer nature’s sounds throughout your entire camping experience?

On our travels (and in conversations) I’ve found that there are two camps on this debate– those that love it, and those that scoff at listening to music in the bush. Personally, we love it. At the right time. Paddling across a pristine lake at night with the stars sparkling above and a little Enya or Sigur Ros on the earphones truly transports you. Trekking 15km of portages in a day can be awesome with the right tunes on–but without, it can be just grueling. The crackling campfire is wonderful– but add a little Jack Johnson to it and it is sublime.

Granted, there are times when the sounds of the loon are all we need. Like dawn.

So, it’s natural that we’ve gone through all sorts of earphones and speakers on our adventures– destroying many along the way. But through trial and error we eventually found the perfect little sound system for the bush. Enter Goal Zero Canada’s “Rock-Out” Speaker. The magic in this little fella’s great acoustics lie in the fact that the speaker is in a wood box inside of it’s casing–creating rich and great sound. What about batteries? No problem, plug the speaker into your solar panel and charge it up! Or you can simply charge it via USB. Still, neither of these things is what impresses me the most.

What has never ceased to amaze us is how indestructible the Rock-Out is. We’ve filled them with sand on the beach, got them wet kayaking, covered them with snow while winter camping, and dropped them an innumerable amount of times. They really have gone through The Expeditioners test…and somehow…they still manage to rock on.

Funk Factor: Purported to run up to 20 hours on a 2 hour charge–we’ve reached 15 hours!

Learn more about them at www.goalzero.ca

Photo by The Expeditioners Magazine Roberto
In photo you have the Goal Zero Nomad 13.5 charging my ipod mini and the “Rock-Out” Speaker on the left.

The Rock-Out Speaker

Diving Africa Part 3/10

DIVING AFRICA
Post 3/10

The streets of Dakar, Senegal were hustling and bustling when we arrived. Vendors hawked their wares. Cars honked without purpose, and people filled every empty space. Not exactly the backdrop I imagined for scuba-diving, but hey..you never know.

The dive shop–named Oceanium was easy enough to find, and was located around an open bar/cafe area, overlooking the Atlantic. We got introduced to our dive-master Mamadou- a tall fellow with a ready smile- who marveled at the quantity of gear that we pulled out of our Jetpacks.

Conversation flowed and we got to spend some time explaining our kit to him and sipped some coffee that would wake-up a 12 year old dead horse. The vibe was like that of most dive-shops, relaxed–but ebbing with an excitement… an excitement to dive.

We detached our bags from the BC’s and prepped-our kit for what was to be our first dive in Africa.

Gear Guide: AERIS Jetpack BC is adjustable to all sizes. From the back, to the shoulder straps to the waist strap–it all adjusts. I’m 6’1 and Bella is 5’4. And the Jetpack fits us both. It was nice not to have to rummage through my checked-luggage for dive gear. Everything was snug in my Jetpack bag section…even my Accel fins!

Find part 1 and 2 at www.theexpeditioners.com

Sponsored by Aeris, Oceanic Worldwide, Lavacore Int’l, Ikelite Underwater Systems

Attaching Jetpack

The Engines

Dive day

Bella Gear Guide: Thermarest Trekker Chair Review Videos in English & in French

THE EXPEDITIONERS

BELLA GEAR Review – in English & French

(ATM) ADVENTURE TRAVEL MOMENTS EPISODE #11
ENGLISH Thermarest Trekker Chair Review
SPONSORED by: Scott Canoes
www.scottcanoe.com
Location: Massasauga Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Expeditioner Bella takes you through one of her favourite pieces of camping equipment: a sleeping pad, and Thermarest’s Folding Trekker Chair for 20″ Wide Pads.

You can also watch the video in French! Vous pouvez aussi voir notre video on Francais dessus:)