If you are into extreme and outdoor sports, Izwan Ismail lists some gadgets that can help you experience the best possible adrenaline rush
GoPro HD Hero2
1. Capture and share your action on the GoPro HD Hero2 camera. It can be easily mounted on your sports gear, is waterproof up to 60m and boasts a 170-degree wide-angle lens. The GoPro HD Hero2 offers 30 fps 1080p video and an 11 megapixel still photo capture. Available at www.funsportz.com for RM1,299.
2. This watch gathers a range of data to help you navigate your way through the wilder parts of the world. It has an altimeter, barometer, compass depth meter and watch features which will help you measure altitude difference, display current sea level pressure, etc. The weather trend indicator enables you to quickly check weather conditions. Available at www.funsportz.com from RM1,389 to RM3,199.
3. If you’re worried about losing your way in an unfamiliar track or jungle, take the Garmin 60CSx along. It comes with a removable microSD card, high-sensitivity GPS receiver, barometric altimeter and electronic compass. The device offers high-sensitivity receiver for improved satellite reception, even when you are deep in the jungle or canyon. Available at www.funsportz.com for RM1,500.
4. Clean drinking water will not be a problem with this “pen”. Its water purification is done by harnessing the power of ultraviolet light technology. Just switch it on and watch the SteriPen shine its purifying light, destroying illness-causing microbes in water so that you can drink with confidence. Available at www.funsportz.com for RM399.
5. The Power Monkey-eXplorer portable charger has proved to be an invaluable gadget, providing essential power in the most remote locations. Incorporating the solarmonkey solar charger, the powermonkey-eXplorer lets you charge anytime, anywhere. It is compatible with most mobile phones, iPods, iPhones, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles. Available at www.funsportz.com for RM329.
Philips ShoqBox speaker
6. This rugged, portable speaker is built to endure an active lifestyle. Compact and easy to carry around, it features robust rubber casing, Bluetooth connectivity, and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to eight hours. A built-in microphone turns the ShoqBox into a speakerphone, and a motion sensor lets you swipe your hand to skip or pause tracks or join two or more ShoqBox speakers together to listen to music in stereo. Available at Amazon.com for US$179.99 (RM566.15).
Night Owl Nexgen
7. If you’re out camping in the woods, it’s good to have a night vision binoculars. The Night Owl Nexgen binoculars has an added feature of two 5X lens for better close up viewing. It also features exclusive Steel Stringer System for precision and control and a built-in infrared illuminator for clear and bright viewing in complete darkness. Available at Amazon.com for US$475.16.
Liquid Image Explorer
8. This 5.0MP underwater digital camera mask keeps your hands free as you swim. The manufacturer claims this is the world’s only swim mask that has an integrated waterproof digital-video camera and the ability to take pictures deep in the water. The mask operates to a depth of 4.5 metres and eliminates the need to carry an underwater camera. It is ideal for snorkelling and swimming. Available at Amazon.com for US$85.
Blue Solar backpack
9. This backpack combines four parts — bag, solar cell panel, battery box and adapters — and can be used to charge most portable electronics mobile phones, iPods, PDAs, and GPS. It is comfortably designed with extra width and cushion for shoulder belts. Ideal for backpackers, sports fans and outdoor buffs. Available at Amazon.com for US$129.99.
LED Lenser H14
10. The H14 is an innovative head lamp with astonishing luminosity. The light is exceptionally bright and the lamp can be easily fastened to your belt or mounted on the handlebars of a bike. It also comes with an extra strap for extra stability when moving around. Available at Amazon.com for US$72.99.