My Gear

What gear do I use?

The beginning of 2017 saw the start of my collaboration with MyOutdoors in reviewing outdoor equipment and the start of my DofE Leadership. So I get involved with a lot of hands on testing and giving my thoughts on equipment and skills for the outdoors but the key question is - What kit do I rely on myself?

My kit list below shows you what I would typically take with me on an expedition and the outdoors. Included with the items is weight and affiliate links to Amazon UK. If you make a purchase using an Amazon link I will make a 3-8% commission, which helps the brands and myself. Thank you for your support.

Photographic equipment

Olympus OM-D E-M5 markII + 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro = 800
Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f.2.8 Pro = 880
Gobe M4/3 - OM adapter
Lexar Memory Cards 64gig 1000x or 2000x

Olympus OM-1
G.Zuiko 50mm /1.4
Vivitar 28-80mm f/3.5 tele-macro

To keep weight down I use camera wraps from Vanguard which are water repellent and protect the kit inside.
Another great option is to wrap kit inside fleeces which further reduces weight from extra bags.
Vanguard Wrap = 80
Vanguard BiB 22 = 100
Vanguard Vesta Strive 15Z = 180
Vanguard Sedona Wanderlust outdoor photographic rucksack = 1800

Tap & Dye Horween Chromexcel wrist strap
Otzi custom Olympus leather strap
Olympus shutter release
Peak Design Shell rain cover
Tap & Dye Legacy pouch
Cable organiser
Lens cleaner


I rely on my Vanguard Alta Pro2+ for all creative situations. It's lightweight, tall, tough and adapts to ANY situation I need. For a lighter option I opt for the Veo2 travel tripods, which are nearly half the weight but just as nice!
Vanguard Alta Pro2+ 263CT plus BH-250 ball head = 2100
Vanguard Veo2 265CB travel tripod = 1300
Alta Pro2 spiked feet & Veo2 spiked feet
Vanguard Veo2 AM-234 monopod = 380

Camera Filters

I have stopped using square filters and holders recently. I got sick of forgotting the adapters or filters on trips and after a recent trip where my filters broke I decided enough is enough and swapped to circular screw in filters. They are light and convenient and can be kept in a pocket or inside the camera bag rather than a separate case. I have to use variable density filters for videos so these have become my norm for my creative situations.

Hoya Variable Density filter
Hoya Pro1 circular polarising filter
Hoya Pro ND 10 stop filter
Hoya Pro ND 5 stop filter

outdoor equipment


Snugpak Endurance 40 pack (multi day) = 1400
Millican Fraser 25L (every day bag) = 1000
Vanguard Sedona Wanderlust outdoor photographic rucksack = 1800
Snugpak Dri-saks


Backpacking Light Hex Peak F6a tipi = 1500 (1 man inner - F4a)
Snugpak All weather shelter tarp = 1000
Snugpak Stasha (Groundsheet) = 300
Leki Trail AS poles = 600
Snugpak Ionosphere = 1200


Snugpak AR Lightweight sleeping system = 650 (Summer)
Snugpak Softie 12 Osprey bag = 2000 (Winter)
Snugpak Antartic sleeping mat = 560
Snugpak Air mat with footpump = 630

Cooking & water

Robens Firefly stove with Settlement pot/coffee press = 290
Sea to Summit folding X mug - 80
Robens folding spork set
Vango Hydrant bladder = 2l
Robens Wilderness Vacuum flask = 0.7L
Sawyer water filter system = 130
Multi tools = 200

Clothing and Waterproofs

Snugpak SJ3 = 580
Snugpak waterproof poncho = 360
Snugpak AR Windtop = 220
Snugpak AR Softie vest = 350
Rab Nexus Pull On - 270
Ascendancy Apparel Resurgent Hooded Mid-Layer = 250
Norrona Alpha 60 jacket = 200
Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock = 760 (Winter)
Snugpak Torrent jacket = 950 (Winter)
Snugpak Impact Fleece = 360 (Winter)
Tees Mammut MTR 141 /// Maier Sports Walter /// Helly Hansen Lifa Active /// Montane Sonic shirt /// Ascendancy Apparel Of Alp & Ash T = 800
Rab Vapour Rise trousers = 600 (Winter)
Maier Sports NIL trousers = 350
Alpkit Koulin Trail Tights = 220 (Summer)
Hiking socks = Wigwam Socks
Sports Socks = Wigwam Trail Traxs
Waterproof socks = SealSkinz

Mammut Trovat Guide High GTX Mountain Boots = 1400
Mammut T Aegility GTX trail shoes = 400

Vallerret Photography Gloves Markhof Pro2 = 200
Sealskinz Beanie = 150
Buff = 50
Smidge bug spray
GP Batteries Explor headlamp = 150
GP Batteries Recyko AAA batteries
Fitbit Versa sports watch
Fella Gaiters = 130 (Summer gaiters or trail running)
NovaGaiters = 200 (Winter or extreme wet weather)
Running band for phone

Base weights with no food or water:
Photographic kit = 3.8kg
Summer kit = 8kg

Winter kit = 11kg

Total weight with photographic kit:
Summer kit = 12kg
Winter kit = 15kg

Transparency Notice: Please note that I (Matthew Holland) receive free products for review from brands and manufacturers, but I only accept products for review on condition of total independence and no guarantee of endorsement. I am a Vanguard Photo UK and Snugpak ambassador and receive the products for free to review from both brands. The review is no guarantee of endorsement. I receive no monetary gain from Vanguard Photo UK or Snugpak from the reviews or discount codes. Any Vanguard kit I own has been bought by myself. Any Snugpak equipment is gifted to me for the purpose of the review. I work with MyOutdoors who receives free products for review from brands and manufacturers, but we only accept products for review on condition of total independence and no guarantee of endorsement.