Thursday, 14 November 2013

Two videos that will inspire you to get outdoors more

I admire brands like The North Face that not only make excellent products but support athletes, events, photography and films that go on to inspire us all to get outdoors, have more fun and keep exploring.

Here are two videos by The North Face that are a perfect example of that:




Friday, 8 November 2013

'Way of Life' Ski Movie by Teton Gravity Research - Review

Went to the premiere of Way of Life (by Teton Gravity Research) last night at the Clapham Grand here in London. The place was kitted out with merchandise and posters and there was such a good atmosphere. It was also great to meet Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, star of the film! He gave a quick Q & A session before the movie and seemed like such a cool, laid back guy.


The movie is great - aside from all the amazing riding, what I particularly liked was the build-up to each segment and the narrative by the riders, explaining the location, background and reasons why they were doing what they were doing. The soundtrack was brilliant too, something that is very easy to get wrong, but the TGR team got it spot on.

Here's the trailer:


If you want to get even more excited about this winter, then this movie is a must watch. It has a great mix of inspiring people, stunning visuals, breathtaking riding and funny outtakes.



Thanks to Sub Zero Events for a great night!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition - Review

Recently received my new Hero 3+ from GoPro and I love it. I've previously owned or used the original GoPro Hero, 2 and 3 as well as rival models like Contour's Roam 2 and +2. So how does the Hero 3+ stack up?



If this is your first action/sports/helmet cam, I'd recommend the 3+ because:

- it's the market leader in this category
- you get a huge variety of video and photo recording options
- extremely high quality HD footage (more details here)
- there are countless cool features, like taking video and photos simultaneously and time-lapse mode
- they've kept it the same price as the Hero 3 at £359.99
- it comes with a wireless remote and plenty of mounts
- it includes the waterproof case with a spare non-waterproof back
- using it with the free GoPro app is so much fun and useful for seeing what the camera is recording
- in its protective case it's extremely durable (see my video where we fired one from a slingshot here)


If you already have a GoPro, here are the reasons for upgrading:

- the wifi speed to the GoPro app has been significantly improved - on the Hero 3 there was a good couple of seconds lag between what the camera saw and what you saw on the app, now it's less than a second
- they have a new wider, wide-angle mode called SuperView - awesome for selfie videos
- battery is 30% better than the 3
- image quality is 33% sharper than the 3
- it's smaller and lighter than the 3



Downsides:

- it took me a good 30 minutes to set up the GoPro app with my iPhone 5 and I was following the instructions exactly, however now I've set it up it works instantly
- I've never liked the square profile of the GoPro, they've done their best to slim the 3+ down as much as they can, but it still looks clunky
- a built-in LCD back is needed and probably will be coming with the 4, I know there is an LCD back as an optional extra but it doesn't fit in the case with this attached
- when recording video with the GoPro in its case, you can barely hear people talking (you can use something like The Frame to solve this but costs extra and doesn't protect the camera)

Conclusion:

- GoPro has again brought out an upgrade that will keep people happy with a decent amount of extra features
- Totally worth the money at the same price as the 3 when it came out
- If you're a first time buyer you won't be disappointed
- Even if you're considering upgrading from the 3 you'll be pleasantly surprised at the better battery life and wifi connection of the 3+
- There are still improvements to be made regarding the shape and lack of LCD back, so let's see what the 4 is like when it comes out!



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