The Red Bulletin guide to tech and gadgets

Share The Action: The Red Bulletin guide to adventure tech and gadgets

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Get active with these outdoor companions … then let the whole world see your handiwork
1. Cameras & Drones
Parrot Bebop 2

When used with the Skycontroller remote control, the drone’s range extends to 2km;

A FLYWEIGHT WITH STAYING POWER

One common problem with drones is the limited flying time they offer.
The Parrot Bebop 2 is the first leisure drone in the 500g category with 25 minutes of battery life. Steering it via your smartphone or tablet is easy and intuitive, and it also comes with an important safety feature: the propellers are flexible and lock if they make contact with another object.

parrot.com

Sharp Shooter

The YI 4K Action Camera records videos in 4K at 30 frames per second – the battery is good for 120 minutes of recording – and has an integrated LCD Gorilla Glass retina touchscreen. It’s a declaration of war on GoPro. 

yitechnology.com

IN BANDIT COUNTRY

With its 16MP image sensor, the TomTom Bandit 4K action cam is for anyone who wants quick, presentable footage of what they’re doing – right here, right now. Connect a smartphone to the camera and in no time you’ll have an action video with defined tags. You can also hook up a pulsometer, which will register when your heart-rate increases and tag the video accordingly. Changing the TomTom Bandit’s battery is quick and easy, too. 

tomtom.com

The Sea Drone

Aquatic Robotics

The SeaDrone is a propellered underwater drone you can operate with your tablet. Chiefly used by sailors and fisheries for low-cost inspections, the device was designed to stabilise itself easily in deep water – and that means good, clear pictures for the amateur marine explorer.

seadronepro.com

Garmin VIRB XE

The Garmin VIRB XE is a powerful piece of kit – and it’s waterproof to 50m;

MOVING PICTURES

The Garmin VIRB XE records HD video at 1440p/30fps – just flip the switch and off you go. To make your action-packed videos all the more impressive, integrated sensors can track data such as speed, height and GPS position, and display it in the viewing panel. Also, manual controls, including white balance and exposure compensation, allow greater flexibility in your recording. Not for nothing is Garmin the official camera sponsor of the Red Bull Air Race.

virb.garmin.com

2. CAMERA ACCESSOIRES
3. SMARTPHONE GOODIES

POWER STATION

These days, going anywhere – even on an extreme action tour – without your gadgets is unthinkable. But what if there’s no power socket? The Goal Zero Nomad 7w Plus Solar Panel can generate up to 6,000mAh of power a day and charge USB and 12V devices. 

goalzero.com

Goal Zero Nomad 7w Plus Solar Panel

EAR WITNESS

It’s not all about the pictures – quality sound is vital, too. Athletes helped design the Sennheiser MX 686G SPORTS earphones, which are resistant to rain, sweat and the vibrations of intense movement. Most important of all: they sound great.

sennheiser.com

Perfect View

You can leave your camera at home – the Sony Xperia Z5 offers arguably the best photo quality of any smartphone: 23MP with lightning-quick autofocus (0.03 seconds). It’s also excellent at dealing with poor light conditions. 

sonymobile.com

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4. TRANSPORT GADGETS

Blade Runners

The downside of roller skates is that you have to propel yourself. Not so with
ACTON R10 RocketSkates. Slip them over your shoes, switch on the engine, push down gently with the tips of your toes… and you’ll soon be cruising past pedestrians at speeds of up to 20kph. 

actonglobal.com

Toyota Hilux

LUX INTERIOR

Now this is how to get yourself to the heart of the action. The Dakar Rally-tested Toyota Hilux is your reliable partner for rougher terrain. It has an impressive multimedia system and a high level of comfort, while retaining the Hilux’s original, uber-functional and fun vibe. toyota.com

big chill

A cool six-pack of beer just isn’t enough when you want to dance the night away with your friends after some outdoor action. The sturdy Igloo Trailmate offers 66 litres of storage capacity – that’s enough to accommodate 144 cans – and keeps ice cubes frozen for up to four days.

igloocoolers.com

5. MORE ADVENTURE GADGETS

Light machine

No more dim, insufficient light at base camp – the BioLite BaseLantern XL will give you 500Lm of the stuff (for almost eight hours when fully charged). It also doubles up as a 12,000mAh charger for various mobile devices. Available from November. 

bioliteenergy.com

Firefly fob

For when you can’t find your key or locate the lock in the dark, the TEC-S3 Embrite Glow Fob is a stainless steel keyring filled with a special luminous powder. After exposure to sunlight, it will radiate light for up to 12 hours.

tecaccessories.com

Tough Stuff - Outdoor Tech

Tough Stuff: Wherever you go, whatever you do, this rugged kit can keep pace

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