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Today in Gear: May 16, 2014

Today in gear we examine Sony’s revealed RX100 III, the adidas battle pack collection, Alton Brown’s upcoming bowties, a truly advanced bike lock, a newly free app for climbers and the ideal set of filters for GoPro videographers.

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Today in Gear: April 4, 2014

Today in Gear, we examine McIntosh’s first dedicated headphone amp, clear planters for the modern green thumb, Longines’s latest vintage-inspired beauty and a GoPro housing built for black-ops.

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No excuses, just good shots

Kit: Essentials for the Budding Movie Maker

Today’s affordable tools, cameras, classes and copious creative outlets have brought making a film (one of the best story-telling devices) nearly to the everyman. Still, all those advances can’t change a basic fact: sometimes making a movie means going to where the story is rather than waiting for it to come to you. But paying to check 10 Pelican cases of equipment will essentially eat your entire production budget, not to mention it’s tough to sneak into a location if you have a fleet of boxes and bags. This kit can be carried by one or two people in traditional suitcases — which means you get your shots, no matter where those shots may be.

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Get Above the Action

Rotary Club: Take to the Skies with These 3 Drones for the GoPro

Drones with GoPro capability have exploded in popularity over the past two or three years and are finally beginning to arrive at price points that might make the budget-minded filmmaker’s ears perk up. With that in mind, we sought to find the best drones for aerial filmmaking; after some worthwhile learning experiences (don’t try and learn to fly one in a New York City office), we’ve arrived at our three favorites.

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Gifts For The Wilderness Explorer

12 Guys of Christmas: The Adventurer

What do you get the guy who spends more time sleeping under the stars each year than most people do in their entire lives? The guy who has gear for every season, every sport, journey, and surprise bug-out? When buying for the discerning backpacker, climber, skier, and general “live larger” type, you can’t simply walk into the nearest outdoor shop and buy something flashy. These explorers live and breathe in the world of Gore-Tex, crampons, and ice axes — and a gift card will get you dropped faster than the cell phone coverage on his last jungle trek. Stumped? Don’t be. We’ve tested out some great gear this year and zeroed in on the best selections for the adventurer. He might destroy your gift on his next expedition into the wild, but he’ll be grateful you bought the best.

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Today in Gear: October 8, 2013

Oli’s Jean Corduroys By Oliver Spencer Is there a more appropriate material for the autumn than corduroy? Could there be a color better suited to the season than burgundy? These modern, English-bred cord trousers are slim fitting but cozy, as they’re made of a mid-weight, thin-wale cord, and are perfect with a sweater, a button…

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Today in Gear: September 19, 2013

Lexdray Vienna, Copenhagen and Dubai Bags These limited-run packs are ready for globetrotting duty with water-resistant fabric and high-grade hardware. Black models come with black lining; blue models with camo. The Vienna is all-purpose, with pockets aplenty for laptops and accessories; Copenhagen is a school-friendly bag with a special rear-access panel; Dubai is an efficiently…

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Motion Captured: The 5 Best Action Cameras

Thanks to the introduction of action cameras, pretty much anyone with a thing for the outdoors — novice mountain climbers, intermediate cyclists, veteran X-Games athletes and the lot — is utilizing these point-of-view shooters for hi-def footage of mesmerizing scenery and insane stunts. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the top offerings based on performance, suitability, features and price. Take a break from planning that next base-jumping adventure and get a closer at the five best action cameras available now.

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Celebrating Adventure Sports in Vail, CO

Photo Essay: GoPro Mountain Games

Somewhere between my third (or possibly fourth) spill off my paddle board into Gore Creek and my first lung-busting lap up the mountain bike course, it finally sunk in that the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO was so much more than just the suffering I was subjecting myself to. Featuring adventure and mountain sports like freestyle kayaking, bouldering (think rock climbing 25-foot walls with no rope), mountain biking, a dock dogs competition, and slacklining, the Games has a competition for just about everyone. That’s not to mention the carnival of fun one-offs: the gear expo, open air concerts, a mountain film festival and demos of new bikes and boards. See everything the Games had to offer in this photo essay.

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Scrappy Shooters

Adventure Proof: 5 Best Rugged Compact Cameras

Smartphones have made typical point-and-shoots about as useful as Ryan Lochte in a public speaking class. But until our favorite thigh weights gain a thicker skin, there will always be space for tougher rigs designed to take a licking and keep on clicking. Toss one of these rugged cameras into your bag before your next big adventure, and maybe you’ll finally capture some evidence to go along with that hell of a yarn.

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Going strong

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

While other major camera manufacturers play catch up in the action cam game, GoPro is breaking new ground with the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition ($399). It’s 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the already tiny GoPro HD Hero 2, measuring a mere 20mm thick when removed from its compatible plastic armor, which was also…

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With great power comes great storage options

Kickstarter: Riseful RollPro III

People have filmed some insane stuff since the GoPro first came out. The indestructible camera that could can be used in seemingly limitless ways, which means a seemingly limitless collection of cases and accessories. Kind of difficult to shoot that video you planned of yourself parasailing into a gorge while on a flame-engulfed surfboard with…

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Into the wild

Toward the Light: Chasing the Alaskan Aurora with Project Aether

Editor’s Note: When we think of exploration, it’s easy to envision the archetypical rugged explorer, battle-hardened by dozens of foot journeys to the Poles or the gurus manning the offices of private space exploration. But how about our youth? Is the spirit of exploration and scientific discovery alive and well? We may not be able…

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Pogo GoPro

In previous viewfinders, we’ve shared footage of insane souls skydiving, cliff jumping, and even flying in wing suits. So, in the spirit of diversity, we felt compelled to hand the soapbox over to more a domestic (and accessible) method for tussling with gravity — the pogo stick. Hit play and prepare to be amazed at…

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Epic Moments, Take Two

GoPro HD Hero2 Helmet Cam

GoPro’s original line of cameras established the brand as the go-to outfitter for documenting the near-death experiences of the outdoor-inclined/insane. Their successor HD Hero 2 ($300) ups the ante by providing professional low light performance, double the image sharpness, and adding a new narrow (90 degree) and medium (127 degree) recording angle to the original’s…

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Avalanche Cliff Jump in the French Alps

Many downhill lovers have dreamt of whizzing through the ungroomed powder troves of the backcountry. Skiing off of an enormous cliff face while triggering an avalanche probably isn’t part of those dreams — well at least for you saner readers. That’s exactly what happened though to extreme french skiers Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude in…

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Letting You Relive That Epic Faceplant Any Time You Like

GoPro Wide Lens Camera (With Video)

This isn’t the first time Gear Patrol has featured a GoPro video camera. Thomas wrote about GoPro’s wrist cam last May, which you can find here. In the interest of not repeating ourselves, I’m just going to give you the update (and a video, after the jump). Since last year, the GoPro cameras have been…

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GoPro Digital Hero 3 Sports Wrist Camera

The GoPro Digital HERO 3 Sports Camera is easy to use during any activity. This shockproof/waterproof wrist camera makes it easy to shoot digital video and photos during your favorite sporting activities. Miniature size and patented versatility combine with TV resolution video and 3 megapixel photos to form a highly-convenient and fun sports camera. You…