Go Pro HD Hero2: This is a versatile, durable, and simple to use HD camera, particularly good for shooting HD video and wide-angle stills outdoors. It’s tough and a wide range of mounts and accessories are available making it idea for use during sporting activities and adventure travel. It can be encased in tough housing that makes it waterproof – the only downside to this is that the case is liable to fogging, however anti-fog inserts can be bought at a low cost. Weighing only 222g, the spec is great for such a small and easy to use piece of equipment, shooting up to 11 megapixels. With prices from £260 or NZ$499, it’s a great investment for those who love to capture their adventures on film.
Bolle Nova Ski Googles with Modulator Lens: Bolle goggles are known for being stylish and comfortable; the Nova model is no exception. Suitable for medium to large faces, it is helmet compatible and offers excellent eye protection and performance in harsh environments. The double layer fleece face foam curves around the natural shape of the face giving optimum comfort and fit. The Flow Tech Venting is designed to reduce fogging and optimize the flow of air over the inside of the lens, while still preventing clogging from snow and ice. We tested these goggles at Cardrona near Queenstown in a variety of conditions and there was no issue with fogging. The Modulator lens is a high contrast, light reactive lens that adjust lens tint density with the changing light. The more UV light exposed to the lens, the darker the lens will become – a great feature. This means that the goggles are ideal for moving between light and dark conditions and ensures a versatile goggle in the event of changing weather conditions on the mountain. From NZ$180, £60
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT Trekking Boots: With a clean and simple design yet all the features required for a range of hiking environments, these hard-wearing mens boots can be worn as hiker-travellers but are equally as useful and durable on the mountain. Featuring Gore Tex lining they are waterproof and highly breathable. The full Hydrobloc waxed leather upper, which wears very well, coupled with the vibram 3D sole offers great protection and support. However a boot with this level of durability and support does carry some weight, and also requires a long break-in period. The boot is suitable for use in harsh and steep terrain, being packed with comfort features such as moisture-wicking contoured footbed which makes the boot comfortable in a range of temperatures. Our opinion is that they are worth the investment for those who spend a lot of time in their boots or who take them out onto harsher terrain – but don’t forget that like any leather boots it’s important to invest some time into care and maintenance to ensure they have a long life. Ben Jones & Matt Jacomb