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 or is involved in my day-to-day work as a multimedia designer. Included with the items is weight and affiliate links to either Amazon or to the brands sites so you can see the kit and buy if you wish. If you make a purchase using an Amazon link I will make a small 3-8% commission, which helps the brands and myself.
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First of all what do I use for my photography?
The camera and lens
The workhorse, heavy but it's worth the weight and I can rely and trust on this camera to do everything I need in any condition.
Sun, rain or snow it just keeps on going and has everything from 4K video, timelapse and of course image quality to match.
I keep my lens selection down to a few core essentials. 16-80mm is the lens to match the workhorse style. It's versatile and has a good range, also great for astrophotography.
For extended reach I use the Nikkor 55-300mm, although slow at f/4.5/5.6 its focal range and how light it is means for travel it a must and worth the compromise.
Nikon D500 + 16-80mm F/2.8-4 VR DX = 1400
Nikkor 55-300mm AF F/4-5.6 VR DX = 580
Pro Easy Cover Silicon Camera case
Remote Shutter Release
New Camera from November 2018
I use a USB charger, which charges two batteries at once and better yet I can plug this in to computers, cars, external battery packs and just keep going.
Dual Camera battery USB charger
Freeloader Off-grid photographer solar charging kit = 240
Tap & Dye Horween Chromexcel strap
I do'n’t use a camera bag or camera inserts. To keep as lightweight as possible on the trail I use camera wraps from Vanguard which are water repellent and protect the camera kit inside.
Another great option is to wrap lens inside fleeces to protect them.
Vanguard Wrap = 80
Although my kit is weather sealed and can take a battering it's good to keep it protected even in the worst conditions, especially snow, sand or extremely wet conditions.
It's nothing expensive, it's just a camera cover which costs £5. I'd rather this get damaged than £3000 of camera kit. It's lightweight and packs down super flat so there is no excuse not to pack it.
DSLR rain cover - 50
I store my spare batteries and lens wipes in a limited edition Tap & Dye pouch. It's intended for film cartridges but I've changed it to a more modern means.
Tap & Dye Legacy pouch
Vanguard Photo Camera cleaner
A landscape photographers best friend and videographer for that matter.
I rely on my Vanguard Alta Pro2+ for all creative situations. It's lightweight, tall, tough and can change and adapt to ANY situation I need. Use my advocates discount code to get 30% off - 30VAN17
Vanguard Alta Pro2+ 263CT plus BH-250 ball head = 2000
Vanguard Veo2 265CB travel tripod = 1300
Alta Pro2 spiked feet & Veo2 spiked feet
The outdoor equipment
Cooking & water
Clothing and Waterproofs
Snugpak SJ3 = 580
Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock = 760 (Winter)
Snugpak Torrent jacket = 950
Snugpak waterproof poncho = 360
Snugpak AR Windtop = 220
Snugpak AR Softie vest = 350
Rab Nexus Pull On - 270
Norrona Alpha 60 jacket = 200
Snugpak Impact Fleece = 360 (Winter)
Tops Mammut MTR 141 /// Maier Sports Walter /// Helly Hansen Lifa Active /// Montane Sonic shirt = 600
Rab Vapour Rise trousers = 600 (Winter)
Maier Sports NIL trousers = 350
Maier Sports NIL shorts = 180 (Summer)
Alpkit Koulin Trail Tights = 220 (Summer)
Hiking socks = Wigwam Socks
Sports Socks - Wigwam Trail Traxs
Waterproof socks = SealSkinz
Rab Ridge Gloves = 110 (Winter)
Sealskinz Beanie = 150 (Winter)
Buff = 50
Smidge bug spray
Multi tools = 200
Robens headlamp = 150
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: (typical carry 2L of water)
Photographic kit = 4.2kg /// New 2019 weight will be 3.5kg
Summer kit = 6kg
Winter kit = 11kg
Total weights with photographic kit:
Summer kit = 9.3kg
Winter kit = 14.3kg