2019 Adventure Multimedia Gear
Here's the gear I'm using to create all of my content and go on my adventures, with a bit of a review for each piece. I will create individual gear reviews if people show an interest!
**Disclaimer: These are my Amazon Affiliate links so purchasing through them earns me a small percentage which goes back to supporting my work :) I do still personally use all of this equipment and happily recommend it!**
• 15" Macbook Pro (2017) 2.9 Ghz, Intel i7, 16gb RAM
In the early 2000s I always built my own PC rigs, however by 2005 I was die-hard Apple. I just loved how sleek and intuitive the products were. So I've been editing on Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and iMacs for 10-15 years now. They are pricey but I love working on them and have had great experiences with hardware support when needed. It edits quickly with the programs I use such as FCPX, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator.
View Newest Version Here: https://amzn.to/2MONoK7
• LaCie Porsche Design 2TB USB-C Portable Hard Drive
I needed an external hard drive with a USB-C interface for the new MacBook Pro I picked up for Iceland and this one fit the bill: high storage capacity, and direct USB-C interface but also compatible with USB 3.0. Great so far!
View here: https://amzn.to/2WntwlN
• Sony A7Rii
My main stills & video body, I use this for gorgeous 4k footage and massive 8k time lapses. I swear I giggle excitedly almost every time I view the crisp 4k footage on my 65" 4k LG television. Working with such massive still images provides excellent wiggle room to crop in on an image - especially when I can create 2 sometimes 3 different time lapses pulling from different sections of the frame and still have enough quality to work with! Having switched from Canon DSLRs I am amazed at how small this mirrorless A7r is, your back & shoulders will thank you!
View newest A7Riii here: https://amzn.to/2D5xwhS
• GoPro Hero5 Black
The GoPro has been in my arsenal since 2007, I absolutely love Hero5. From the first moment I turned it on I knew it was going to be the easiest to use and have the most gorgeous 4k footage in a tiny waterproof body.
View here: https://amzn.to/2RT6aG3
If I were picking up a GoPro I would absolutely skip over the 5 and go for the newer Hero7 Black because it has Hypersmooth built in stabilization that's insanely good, so you can likely forego a physical stabilizer or gymbal.
View GoPro Hero7 Black here: https://amzn.to/2WnFCva
• DJI Mavic Pro drone
Absolutely love the Mavic Pro, it's the size of good burrito, and fits in my cargo pocket. I can be road tripping and stop for 10 mins and get epic 4k footage. Done. These days drones can sell themselves. Real talk though, I feel like adding a drone to my equipment locker was one of the most life & career boosting moves I could make as a young videographer. Being able to suddenly capture aerial images that were literally out of reach before and then to hone artist aerial cinematography to take it to the next level...WOO!
View Newest Version here: https://amzn.to/2HM2Do7
• Canon 16-35mm F2.8L USM
I've been a wide angle fanboy since Day 1, and the 16-35mm is attached to my camera about 90% of the time, I love the immersive feel, contrast, and clarity of this iconic Canon lens. Some people are into the 24-70mm f4 for a bit more reach, that's cool too.
View newest version here: https://amzn.to/2Umbfn0
Check the 24-70mm version here: https://amzn.to/2Tjngt9
• Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM
The 70-200 is a classic mid-telephoto go-to that still gives you some packability but also a solid fixed f2.8 for lower light. I really don't use this lens enough because I'm usual in wide angle mode, however it's critical to change it up so you don't become stagnant. An alternative to this is the 100-400mm from Canon, or something similar from Sigma / Tamron.
View newest version here: https://amzn.to/2TdEMPr
• Metabones Canon/Sony lens adaptor
I can't let my Canon glass go so I'm rocking this clean adapter from Metabones on my A7rii, haven't had any problems I can think of thus far (Since late 2016).
View here: https://amzn.to/2DD7X9e
Filters / Cards
• Hoya 9-stop ND, 4-stop ND, various CPL
I absolutely love Circular Polarizer and ND filters, it absolutely has the potential to boost the appeal of your imagery. For me, Hoya has always been a great balance of price and quality with manageable color casts.
• PolarPro Cinema Series DJI Mavic Pro filters
I always have a CPL or ND filter on my Canon lenses, the same is true for my Mavic! Step up your footage game, friends!
View here: https://amzn.to/2ToUQOo
• SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus Micro SD
A great middle ground for capacity and speed to use confidently when working with 4k data writing from your GoPro or DJI drone.
View here: https://amzn.to/2S9ura3
• SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC
128 gigs, ahhh! It took a lot for me to want to finally jump to a 128gb, considering I can remember buying Compact Flash (CF) cards for my Canon Rebel that were 1gig and cost $80. It's truly a sense of freedom though when you need to shoot a lot of video & time lapses.
View here: https://amzn.to/2WmgZ1T
• Tamrac Stratus 21 Shoulder Bag
I've been rocking this shoulder bag since around 2012. It's a beast but holds everything I need for when I'm mobile and need to produce photos, videos, and capture audio.
View here: https://amzn.to/2DDV2Ef
• Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L
I picked this bag up before Iceland because it was super sleek looking, had a good size for travel, and could easily maintain organization. I really did enjoy using it however I found the shoulder straps to be slightly uncomfortable when loaded down with my gear. However It seems a little more designed for urban city adventures versus trail or backcountry.
View here: https://amzn.to/2G49LK5
• Pelican 1560 Hard Case
Pelican is of course the go-to for rugged, waterproof storage and transport vessels. I've had this beast of a box since maybe 2007. It has pluck away foam so you can create the exact 3D space you need to store whatever you need. I've safely transported everything from lenses, underwater housings, studio light kits, and telescopes!
View here: https://amzn.to/2TdHQep
• MeFOTO Aluminum RoadTrip tripod
Picked this up before going to Iceland as I needed something really tiny for a backpack, but still reliable enough for stability and rugged use, I am enjoying it so far! VERY packable yet still offers good stability and height.
View here: https://amzn.to/2CMR62b
• Dynamic Perception's Stage Zero 6ft Time Lapse Dolly + MX2 Controller
This was the original beast I intro'd into dolly time lapses with. For years prior I had messed around with standard tripod mounted timelapses, and really enjoyed long exposure time lapses, however, I came across the Stage Zero online and saw how much more affordable it was than other alternatives. The only thing was it required some assembly, no big deal. I still remember setting it up in my college-friend's apartment back in maybe 2009.Today their units have become much more sleek, lightweight, packable, and pre-assembled of course!
• Syrp Genie II
My absolute dream multi-axis dolly time lapse rig to work with would be the Syrp Genie II though. It received a massive overhaul last year and is extremely portable and efficient for the outdoor adventure content creator.
You can pack this thing in your bag, and then assemble it in the field for bluetooth controlled, repeatable, buttery smooth 1, 2, or 3-axis time lapses!
View here: https://amzn.to/2Wgm0ce
• Glidetrack Shooter
I first picked up the Glidetrack Shooter in 2010 when I purchased my Canon 7D and dove deeper into video, it really is a wonderful product. I enjoyed the quiet smoothness of the slider, as well as being able to go from shoulder, to tripod, to ground level.
View here: https://amzn.to/2S8FAIo
• FCP X
A lot of folks are working in After Effects or Premiere, but I've been on Final Cut Pro since high school in 2004. I really do want to branch out to check the other programs but I haven't had the time and my trials expired, hah!
• Photoshop & Lightroom CC
Similar to Final Cut Pro, I've been working on Photoshop since mid-high school around 2002. I used to do the Bridge-Photoshop workflow but a few years back I switched to Lightroom and I really do enjoy the blend of features. Time management and efficiency!
Goal Zero Yeti 150wh Power Station
The iconic battery from Goal Zero has two 2.1A USB ports, continuous 110v 80w inverter, and a 120W 12v port! I can power my telescope, charge a phone, charge a DJI drone battery, and charge my Sony camera all at the same time...
View here: https://amzn.to/2Wntn1N
• Goal Zero Nomad 13-watt Solar Panel x2
I have been using Goal Zero solar products for years to keep my gear powered on my adventures, or simply in my backyard. These panels pack a punch and can charge up various USB batteries which in turn can power your tech! If the Nomad 13 is too large or expensive, you can invest in the Nomad 7 Plus panel which is smaller, smarter, and less expensive.
View the Nomad 13 here: https://amzn.to/2G14QcS
View the Nomad 7 Plus here: https://amzn.to/2G5zVMv
• Goal Zero Sherpa 50 battery pack x3
These batteries are bomber! I literally use 1 of the 3 of these every day to charge my iPhone, and have been doing so since 2014. I have used the bolt-on inverter (gives you a wall outlet) to power my Celestron NexStar 6SE telescope in the backcountry for astrophotography! This particular series of Sherpa will be phased out in 2018 and replaced by a sleeker, more packable, larger capacity version that will no longer have the bolt-on inverter option listed below. Still an excellent option if you can find it online!
View here: https://amzn.to/2WnfeSf
Updated 2018 to Sherpa 100 with sleeker design, built in AC power, and wireless charging for phones
View here: https://amzn.to/2TiLfZw
• Goal Zero Sherpa AC Inverter x2
Awesome add-on to the Sherpa 50 or Sherpa 100 to give yourself a wall outlet when you need it! I've run my Celestron NexStar 6SE telescope for hours, powered up laptops, charged additional camera batteries / phones with their wall adapters
View here: https://amzn.to/2DDPSbl
• Osprey Atmos AG 65 liter backpack
For years backpacks have used various density foam and mesh to sit against your back and bends around your hips as you carry your load...the Osprey Atmos 65 AG (Anti-Gravity) shatters this mold by incorporating a masterfully tensioned high strength mesh that wraps contours around your bones and curves to eliminate pressure points, provide some air flow, and of course support your load!
View here: https://amzn.to/2B6WRId
• Deuter Aircontact Lite 65+10 liter backpack
This is my other pack I switch to when I'm not using the Osprey Atmos AG 65. It works excellent for overnight trips, or multi-day. I love how straight-forward it is, and the backpack is comfortable for my torso. Deuter makes amazing backpacks and this one has a one-size-fits-most torso adjustment design so it can work for short torsos or young adults as well as full grown tall adults. The "+10" aspect of the backpack refers to an extendable portion of the top of the backpack to gain an additional 10 liters of space.
Grab it here: https://amzn.to/2WnEW91
• Marmot Helium 15F Down Sleeping Bag
A 15 degree Fahrenheit sleeping bag weighing in at 2 pounds is impressive. Add in the amazing nearly snag-free zipper update from 2017, a toasty draft tube that nuzzles up against the length of your zipper like a door guard to keep in bodyheat, and a spacious footbox...that's the Helium 15. Furthermore, when considering build quality, weight, warmth, price, long term support....I would say Marmot absolutely makes the best down products. All of Marmot's 850 fill power and higher goose down sleeping bags are hand filled in California, which is fantastic. Plus they can repair or re-fill bags too.
View here: https://amzn.to/2TeH8h6
• Big Agnes Q-Core Deluxe Sleeping Pad
I've been using a variation of the Q-Core pads from Colorado-based Big Agnes since 2013. Having hung out with members of the Big Agnes crew I can personally say these guys are the most genuine and fun loving dirtbags out there! They know how to party and make badass adventure gear! These pads are rugged, pack down small, blow up big, and provide great insulation!
View them here: https://amzn.to/2S3zCZl
• Snow Peak GigaPower Auto Stove
The GigaPower stove is an iconic backpacking stove from Snow Peak and has been in my gear bag since 2011. It packs down to fit in the palm of your hand, and when coupled with fuel it nests perfectly inside Snow Peak's Trek700 titanium series so cook system ends up being the size of a coffee cup.
View here: https://amzn.to/2Sfk1pk
View Trek700 Titanium Cook pot here: https://amzn.to/2MBF4xo
• Sawyer Mini Water Filter
The Sawyer Mini is a hollow-fiber water filter that can filter up to 100,000 gallons...yep you read that right. I like this little guy because it can be used with the Sawyer bags as a squeeze filter, can be spliced in to your hydration bladder system for in-line filtration, directly from the source with the included straw, OR screwed on to various store-bought water bottles! Tough to beat for a 2oz product!
View here: https://amzn.to/2B9QlQR
• Katadyn Hiker PRO Water Filter
The Hiker Pro water pump filter has been in my arsenal since 2012. It's my go-to fo filtering water from rivers or streams in North America. I often use this when I'm with a group because it has a high flow rate and a filtration capacity of at least 1,000 liters. The PRO version features a cleanable filter protector, along with quick-connect fittings so I can actually connect pump to my water bladder and filter river water directly into my backpack!
View here: https://amzn.to/2SgyRME
• Nalgene 32oz BPA Free Water bottle
Ok it seems a bit cheesy to list a Nalgene bottle, but hey, they're one of my favorites I use at work daily and on camping / hiking / backpacking trips! I love the wide mouth opening for easy cleaning, drop ice cubes in, as well as attaching water filters (Like the MSR Mini Works) when you need a filtered drink from the lake or river! PRO-TIP: For those cold nights when you're tent camping, boil up some water on your stove and then pour it into your Nalgene after a minute or two of cooling, then you can place it in the footbox of your sleeping bag for a super toasty night's sleep! Nalgene water bottles also come in 16oz and 48oz sizes if you need some for your kids, or extended trips, along with narrow-mouth varieties that can be easier to drink out of.
View here: https://amzn.to/2Tjg1kY
• Platypus Soft Bottle
When going ultralight I switch over to these Platy Soft Bottles from Platypus! They're super packable, no plastic taste, BPA Free of course, and Made in the USA!
View here: https://amzn.to/2sMPt03
• Yeti Brand products
When it comes to keeping my food or drinks either hot or cold, Yeti is one of two brands I specifically use! Their products are rugged as hell, much more so than other brands out there, and they just work. I use their insulated Rambler coffee cup every day instead of my ceramic ones that are cold in 1hr. I use the Rambler Tumbler bottles to drink water when I'm out and about. I use their Tundra coolers when I car camp. It's a Yeti life.
Rambler 14oz Mug (hot coffee for 4+ hours): https://amzn.to/2TgbdNf
Rambler 26oz Bottle: https://amzn.to/2B97cTV
Tundra 65 Cooler: https://amzn.to/2WnDFif
• Arc'Teryx Atom LT Hoody
Arc'Teryx's Atom LT is my absolute favorite insulation layer. Its abrasion and water resistance vs. bulk is unmatched, I'm much more confident wearing this than my down jackets.
View here: https://amzn.to/2B8wIc2
• Arc'Teryx Alpha SV Gore-Tex Shell
The Alpha SV series from Arc'Teryx is designed for Severe conditions during activities like mountaineering. This beast feels and fits amazing but was a bit overkill for my lower-energy Iceland trip. However, it layered perfect with my Atom LT insulator, and the pit zips were a blessing for breathability!
View here: https://amzn.to/2MBxHWK
• Arc'Teryx Beta AR Gore-Tex Shell
The Beta AR Gore-Tex Shell is my GO TO waterproof rain jacket! I love the way it fits and how you can dial in with toggles to cinch up bulk. I prefer the chest pocket of the Beta AR series over my Alpha SV jacket because of how easy they are to access, and their size. I can fit my GoPro on its selfie stick into the chest pocket of my AR and easily pull it out when the moment strikes! Doesn't get in the way of my backpack straps either.
View here: https://amzn.to/2TeKq3W
• Columbia Silver Ridge convertible pants
I have been wearing the Columbia Silver Ridge convertible pants for my hiking, camping, and travel adventures since around 2012. To me, they had a slightly more athletic fit than other brands I had tried. Their build quality is solid, and coming with a removable belt is nice too. They have sun protection in the way of Columbia's Omni-Shade technology, as well as Omni-Wick to wick moisture and dry quickly.
View here: https://amzn.to/2WklJFe
• Smartwool Merino Wool Baselayers
I've been wearing merino wool, specifically Smartwool brand, since early 2010. In terms of performance, merino wool is really the best for your outdoor adventures if you can afford it. It's generally twice the price of synthetics like polyester, however you have to weigh the benefits: It manages body temperature better; whether hot or cold, and it smells fresher longer; the wool is naturally anti-microbial and reduces odor-causing bacterial build up.
I layer the 250 Midweight pieces during colder conditions and then short sleeve or 150 Lightweight series for warmer conditions!
View 250 Midweight Top here: https://amzn.to/2DDPMk6
View 250 Midweight Bottom here: https://amzn.to/2WnK4Kn
View 150 Lightweight Top here: https://amzn.to/2G9ccLN
View 150 Lightweight Bottom here: https://amzn.to/2S7ZIdI
• Lowa Renegade Gore-Tex Boots
I actually picked these up years ago and they have been total troopers in a variety of hiking and backpacking conditions. I've used them for day hikes and backpacking trips, however, It is a slightly heavier boot so I definitely wouldn't recommend it if you're going ultralight. But if you're rocking a 35lb+ loadout in potentially wet conditions with rugged trails with inclines and declines, then these excellent!
View here: https://amzn.to/2CSgB23