Outdoor Adventure Gadgets (TVNZ 12th August 2009)

New Zealand is often described as the adventure capital of the world.  Even in winter there are so many activities we can enjoy, from tramping and kayaking through to horse riding and hunting.

But lugging lots of heavy equipment around can make it less fun.  With this in mind I managed to pick up  three lightweight, hand-held gadgets that will improve your enjoyment of the great outdoors.

To view the TV segment with Paul Henry click on the image below.



Kodak ZX1 Digital Video Camera


This ultraportable mini camcorder allows you to capture HD footage and easily upload it to Youtube. While the image quality is very good it is not as high quality as the more expensive full size HD camcorders.

Recommended retail price: $450 (with no memory card)

Available from: Local Kodak Stores and camera retailers nationwide

Product Website: http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=9/13061/14295&pq-locale=en_NZ

Rating: 3 out of 5

Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon


The Fast Find 211 is a 406 MHz Personal Location Beacon (PLB) that should be carried by individuals who are embarking on trips into areas around the world where there is little or no other form of communication or where other forms of communication are unlikely to work.

Recommended retail price: $899.00

Product website: http://www.brightideas.co.nz/5443/26901.html

Available from: Chandlers, outdoor supply shops nationwide. Contact Bright Ideas on 09 366 6867

Rating 5 out of 5

Leica Rangemaster 1200


This is a pocket sized, compact monocular with a built in laser rangefinder.  It has unusually bright optics and features 7x magnification. The Rangemaster offers a wide field of view, steady image and very clear distance display.

Recommended retail price: $1399.00

Product website: http://us.leica-camera.com/sport_optics/rangemaster/crf_1200/

Available from: Serious Shooters, Penrose, Auckland, 09 579 3006 and other hunting shops.

Rating 4 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.