I have plenty of bags for sure and they are of different types. I use each of them depending on where I’ll go. For a few night’s trip out-of-town, preferably up the highlands, I prefer to use backpacks. They are mobile and easy to carry for the last minute bus chases, climbing on top of a jeep or an impromptu mountain climb. Had the pleasure of road-testing another backpack, the Osprey Momentum 32 from their Momentum Series packs designed for commuting. I managed to lightly test the Osprey Momentum 32 in historic trails Bataan first then rough-tested through the elements at the mountains of Bontoc.
I got a bit bummed when my Keen Newport H2 gave up on me after getting at least two years of beating. Yep it has gone through miles of hikes both on mountain trails, beaches and pavements that I feel had fairly utilized the sandals. I planned to buy another one as replacement but local stocks seemed to have ran out early this year and I had to settle for something similar from another brand. Then I saw the full spread ad of Keen Uneek in an issue of Outside Magazine. I thought it was a cool looking sandals. Innovative in fact, making use of the highly popular paracord accesories often as bracelets doubling as survival tools. Although this left me wondering how comfortable it is. Glad the local distributor, Primer finally brought the Keen Uneek to the Philippine shores last quarter of 2015. I’ve been using the Keen Uneek for at least a couple of months now and let me share how it fared in real-world use.
A multi-purpose bag is quite a commodity for a traveler. Most common are the trolley-type bags that can turn into a backpack like the old Eagle Creek Twist Pack 22 I reviewed before. Eagle Creek may have done something revolutionary this time with their patent-pending Eagle Creek EC Lync System. So imagine a rolling bag that has a detachable collapsible frame to convert it to a backpack or duffle bag and can also be stuffed in a smaller sac for storage. The idea seems doubtful for me at first. I was thinking, collapsible? Is it durable enough for rough handling in airport check-ins? Is it easy to assemble or convert? I had the pleasure of testing the Eagle Creek EC Lync System 22 bag more than four months now and used it for a few local and international trips already.
National Geographic. Manfrotto. Gitzo. If you have been into for photography for a while, these are the names of trusted brands already known for their quality and durability. Ask any photographer and one way or another, these brands will pop-up when people asked about reliable gear for tripods, bags and accessories. While their presence here in the Philippines have been floating around somewhere here and there through questionable distribution, the recent launch, showcase last week solidified their presence in the country. Manfrotto, National Geographic and Gitzo brought in their latest products and models and would be widely available nationwide through Henry’s, Colours and highly popular online store Lazada.
Runners these days have it easy. With a multitude of wearables lately, gone are the two-fingers-on-wrist pulse count for the heart rate method as these new wearables can instantly show information such as heart rate, distance, elevation, pace and calories burned at ease. Runtastic GPS Watch and Heart Rate Monitor is the offering from the famed Runtastic Apps brand. I reviewed their other wearable Runtastic Orbit which is a cheaper fitness tracker. The Runtastic GPS Watch has more features for people seriously starting or are already into running.
Many Travel Photographers are in a quandary whether to take a tripod or not for a trip. Well if I’m doing landscapes, night photography and architecture a tripod is a must-bring. It’s a challenging item to bring as it can be bulky and heavy. Manfrotto introduced their Off Road series to address the needs of travel photographers for a tough, but light travel photography gear ideal for backpacking or hiking. Recently I had the chance to use the Manfrotto Off Road Tripod. The one I tested is the red one and there’s a blue and green option as well. After using it in my recent travel in Palawan from El Nido, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa here’s my impression of Manfrotto’s new tripod.