Let the adventure begin
Planning a trip off the beaten track, or keen to test the waters with your newly bought kayak, or perhaps head out on a bicycling trip with your partner, the logistics of an adventure trip always makes it a stressful situation. Hassan M Kamal handpicked four cool buys that ensure it's not just a stress-free trip but also a memorable, close encounter with nature
For your space saving needs USE Adventure gear carriers
Whether you are headed for a trek, mountain climbing, kayaking or cycling to the nearby adventure site, one object that always worries us is the safety of our adventure gears. Ideally, you should take a look at Thule’s catalogue. This Swedish company offers a wide range of carrier systems for adventure lovers like you. We particularly liked the kayak carrier that could be fitted on top of your car, the bicycle carrier that glues to the back of a vehicle (they have a top mount version also), and the go pack set that fits almost anything — from your mountaineering gear, clothes to every other need on your trip. It’s rugged, reliable and waterproof.
WHERE TO BUY Methods Automotive, Bengaluru.
COST Available on request
FOR Your Wildlife Adventure
USE Vanguard Venture
There is a wide range of binoculars available in the market with fancy lenses and add-on features, but never zero-in on one unless you know how you plan to use a binocular. Usually a binocular with large object piece gives a better view even in the dark like for star gazing; whereas for bird watching, an 8x40 is considered to be the best, especially if you are a beginner. Then there’s the prism type, usually roof prisms are waterproof and last longer. So, after careful deliberation and keeping the pricing in mind, we zeroed in on the Vanguard Venture 8420B binocular. It comes with a five-year warranty (physical damage not covered), offers 8x magnification, is water and fog proof, offers best eye-relief in that price range, and uses a roof prism. The 42 mm object piece helps bird watching even in evenings. At Rs 6,962, it beats most other binoculars.
WHERE TO BUY Flipkart.com
COST Rs 6,962
FOR Your guide through
your journey USE Fenix GPS watch
The next time you enter a deep forest, you can be assured that you will find your way back home, unless of course, you have lost your memory. The Garmin watch, Fenix, comes with an in-built GPS navigator and support functions like Backtrack that records your movement in an unmapped area in a map. The ABC function lets you mark areas on a digital map like a water source, trenches, campsite, etc for your reference. It also monitors your heartbeat, calories burned and pace and the 3-axis compass, the makers claim, will help you navigate on water as well. It’s also waterproof up to 50m. Its best feature is that all this data can be stored on your phone / laptop also for future reference. The features are endless, and if you are one of those who love to go off-the-beaten-track, this watch is made for you.
WHERE TO BUY Elektronik Lab, R/13 Navroz Baug, Lalbaug.
COST Available on request
For Your underwater experience USE LUMIX DMC-FT20 waterproof camera
If you’ve signed up for snorkeling, boating, kayaking or any other water activity, you cannot miss having to capture those memories, but you might be afraid of damaging your camera. Well, you should take a look at the new Lumix DMC-FT20 camera. With a 16.1 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom and 25 mm wide-angle lens, this stylish rugged camera can shoot on land, air and water (up to 5 metres). And guess what? It works fine even at low temperatures (up to -10 degrees Celsius). Besides, it comes with some auto settings like the Miniature Effect Mode that defocuses the surroundings to make it look like a diorama, and the video is played back in 10x fast-forward making it more comical to watch. A fun addition to your adventure gear collection.
WHERE TO BUY All camera stores.
COST Rs 12,990