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Panasonic DMC-FT4 compact camera

In early-2012, we were looking for a rugged, pocket size camera with good image quality for shooting on MTB trails. At that time, we considered several alternatives that we had found potentially interesting. We finally decided to go for Panasonic DMC-FT4, which turned out to be a big disappointment in terms of image quality.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

Easy to set up and pleasure to use, we regard pleasantly designed Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 as a worthwhile option for those looking for a smart scale.

Camelbak Classic hydration pack

Compact, light and comfortable hydration pack with a 2 liter reservoir and a minimalistic pocket for special riding occasion. Read more...

Osprey Raptor 14 hydration bag

Raptor 14 comes with a 3L water reservoir. Impressed by its features and quality, we find Raptor 14 a perfect bag for half-day / full-day mountain bike riding. Highly recommended! Read more…

Pointing and shooting on MTB trails

While I have been quite comfortable with carrying my heavy SLR when traveling, my trail riding plans call for something substantially smaller and lighter. Riding light on multi-day trails also means a compact camera. Therefore, I began to search for the best possible pocket camera to accompany me on MTB trails. I was looking for decent picture quality in a compact closure with rugged design. Read more…

MTB trail camping gear: In search of a (hopefully) good night's sleep

I have to admit that I haven't slept under the stars for the past 10 years or so. Things were somewhat different in the past when I had an opportunity to participate in several memorable adventures in Russian wilderness. More than ten years has passed since then and now I feel ready for new adventures in nature, this time with a mountain bike. I started a search of the holy grail of a good night’s sleep: A perfect sleeping bag, comfortable mattress and a pillow. Read more...

Choosing the right GPS for mountain biking

Choosing the right GPS for mountain biking is more difficult than it may first sound. All devices are compromises in terms of their features (size, weight, display, battery time, usability etc). Therefore there is no such a thing as the universally best GPS. In order to find the right GPS you need to think twice what features you want to prioritise. Read more...