These days, it’s not an adventure unless you capture it on camera. And while photos and videos from your iPhone are good ways to start, if you’re looking to elevate your game, you’re going to need to upgrade your gear.
F-Stop Satori EXP
Best for: Getting There
Camera gear is expensive, heavy, and needs to be protected when the weather turns sour. That’s where a high-end camera bag like F-Stop’s Satori EXP ($380) comes into play. The comfortable-to-carry 65 liter pack with its customizable internal camera unit—or ICU— easily accommodates two DSLRs, extra lenses and accessories, an action camera kit, laptop, and your overnight gear. It also features a front-access pocket for avalanche safety equipment.
Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Solar Kit
Best for: Powering Up
Sure, we don’t always need our laptops in the field. But when you do need to schlep in the tech, check out Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100 Solar Kit ($600). With a 100-watt power pack and a 20-watt monocrystalline solar panel, this device makes sure your laptop and camera batteries are charged and ready to rock. The only caveat? Solar takes time, so allow up to 20 hours to charge. The power pack has every type of plug-in you’ll need, including two USB ports, a 12-volt port, and a laptop port.
Mountainsmith Descent AT
Best for: Day Trips
Unless you’re on a photo- or video-specific trip, you need to get the shot the first time the action happens. And that’s not possible when your camera is stuffed in your backpack. The Mountainsmith Descent AT DSLR chest pack ($90) keeps your camera in front of you and protected from the elements. The harness system is comfortable even when you're wearing a backpack.
Outex Housing System
Best for: Shooting Anywhere
To get the big shots in extreme environments with your DSLR, look no further than the Outex housing system ($499). The Outex camera cover is made from a supple waterproof material that lets you access the camera's buttons, switches, zoom and focus rings. Large viewfinders let you look into the eyecup and see the LCD screen. Outex covers work with tripods, external wiring, fisheye lenses, and mounted flashes.
Peak Design POV Kit
Best for: Low-Key POV Shots
While mounting a camera to your head (or even between your eyes) may be the truest POV perspective, it doesn’t always make for the best footage. Peak Design’s POV Kit ($30) mounts a Capture Clip ($60) to a backpack strap. This lets you capture video from your shoulder—a much more stable platform than your head. The Capture Clip works well with DSLRs, too.
Killer Shot Go Swivel
Best for: 360-Degree Action
For those after unique, dynamic video footage, Killer Shot’s Go Swivel ($175) puts a free-spinning pole on top of your helmet, capturing your every move. It's 47-inches long and you have the option to mount a second camera, which means you'll add up to 4.5 pounds to your head. The Go Swivel is made out of durable plastic and has a safety disconnect to (hopefully) prevent injuries during a crash.
Joby Action Clamp & Locking Arm
Best for: Clamping Down
Tripods can be cumbersome and limited in the field. That's where this tool comes in handy. Joby’s Action Clamp & Locking Arm ($40)—which also comes with a Gorillapod-style flexible neck option—clamps onto anything smaller than two-inches wide. Tree branches, railings, signs, ski tips all suddenly become your mobile tripods.
Eagle Creek Protect-It Cube
Best for: Storing the Small Stuff
Action cameras come with a lot of accessories—mounts, chargers, batteries, cables, housings, and even remote controls. That’s a lot of gear to organize. And while a small stuff sack will work in a pinch, the pro solution is Eagle Creek’s Protect-It Cube ($30). It’ll accommodate a whole range of action cameras and their accessories. The padded and fleece-lined interior protects all your electronics. For more involved kits, expand out with the company’s Quarter Cubes ($9).
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