Extreme sports gadgets

26 Nov 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
The cooler weather is here and that means spending more time outdoors. If you like your adventures extreme, here are the gadgets that will get you through, says Matthew Herbst
Winning Tactics


The Garmin Tactix is ideal for those who spend more time in a tent than they do in their own rooms. This heavy-duty GPS-enabled wristwatch was specially designed for use by the military so it’s certainly a tough nut. It features high-sensitivity GPS, a three-axis compass, digital thermometer and a self-calibrating barometer and altimeter. It can store up to 1,000 waypoints and has the technology to guide you back to your pre-determined starting point. All of the location data collected by the Tactix can be transferred to Garmin’s BaseCamp iPhone app or to a desktop computer. Available at buy.garmin.com from RO142.26.

Call Me Anytime


The Iridium Extreme Satellite Phone weighs just 247g, is USB rechargeable, water, shock and dust resistant and boasts up to 30 hours of standby time and four hours of talk time. Perhaps the most useful feature is you can broadcast your exact GPS coordinates with a single push of the handset’s emergency button, allowing you to ask for emergency assistance in English no matter where in the world you are. The Extreme is also capable of sending and receiving SMS messages, data tethering and receiving voicemail messages. Don’t leave home without it. Available at iridium.com from RO497.92.



The Earl survival tablet is the ultimate companion on any extreme outdoor adventure. It’s a revolutionary device built to thrive where today’s smartphones and tablets cannot. It boasts GPS, a weather sensor, barometer, thermometer, compass, AM/FM/SW/LW radio, solar charging, Bluetooth and a built-in walkie-talkie with a working radius of up to 32 kilometres. With Earl at your side, you’ll be able to stay in control of your journey, no matter where it takes you. Currently under development, it should be available at meetearl.com for RO114.95 from mid-2016.

All-terrain snapper


The Sony Cybershot TX30 is a compact digital camera that is as light as a feather. The TX30 is waterproof, dustproof and shock resistant, ensuring that you’ll be able to pull it out of your bag and snap away no matter what weather conditions are thrown at you. It comes with an 18.2 megapixel sensor, five times optical zoom and 10x digital zoom and the ability to capture AVCHD 1080/60i video. The TX30 provides image quality that most smartphone camera users can only dream of and comes with a 32GB MicroSD memory card that you can cram full of award-winning pictures from the most extreme environments you can find. Available at amazon.com from RO88.05.



Sony’s DEV-50 Digital Recording Binoculars are a beautiful fusion of image and video. The binoculars have 25x binocular magnification with essential image stabilisation during video recording in full HD and 3D modes. The durable outer body is waterproof and dustproof, so rain and dirt will no longer be a hindrance, and they’re light enough to carry around all day. Available at sony.com from RO769.

New: Petzl NAO Headlamp


This “smart” headlamp has a sensor that automatically gives you the right amount of light you need when you read a map, walk a trail or gaze into the distance. Thanks to its reactive lighting technology, the brightness of the NAO Headlamp adapts instantly and automatically to its environment based on outdoor light and visibility. The headlamp provides maximum brightness, a longer burn time, along with greater usability and fewer manual interventions than its competitors. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Available at amazon.com from RO74.97.

Editor’s Pick: COFFEE ON THE GO


The Handpresso Wild Hybrid is ideal for coffee addicts who cannot go without their morning fix, even out in the wild. Due to demand, Handpresso have created a machine with the ultimate versatility, meaning the Wild Hybrid is able to use either pods or ground coffee. The Wild Hybrid is simple, light, elegant and compact; just generate pressure with the hand pump, add hot water, coffee and you’ll have yourself a high-quality espresso with just the push of a button. No battery or electricity needed. The perfect product for the eco-friendly coffee drinker. Available at amazon.co.uk from RO41.70.



Not everyone is trained to read a topographic map, making Maps 3D Pro an ideal navigation tool for anyone planning an outdoor hike in rugged terrain. As its name suggests, the app projects maps with a 3D view, allowing users to easily interpret terrain features such as hills, ridges, trails, paths and wadis. Users can plan, save, and share routes, pre-load maps for offline viewing and navigation, and record their trip, complete with coordinates and elevation data. Free for iOS and Android.


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