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Review: Suunto 9 Baro

The Suunto Spartan Ultra has been my go-to multisport GPS watch for almost two years now, and used to be Suunto's highest-end device, their flagship model if you may. A few months ago however, Suunto announced the Suunto 9 Baro, a device that replaces the Spartan Ultra as the top tier model. For some reason, it is always quite exciting to see something get dethroned. There are plenty of resources out there that Read more

Review: Salomon X-Ultra 3 GTX

Just recently, Salomon released the third version of their popular X-Ultra footwear line, which are their lightest all-terrain hiking shoes. The X-Ultra 3 tends to catch one's eye, and it's sleek design and aesthetic appeal makes it stand out amongst all the other shoes on the shelves. At first glance, a few tweaks here and there from the previous version can be seen, notably with the Quicklace™ eyelets & the Read more

Review: Merrell All Out Blaze Ventilator Waterproof

When selecting a pair of new shoes, the so-called 'ground feel' and foot flexibility of a pair of shoes is extremely important to me as I come from a minimalist running background. Because of this, I shy away from heavy hiking boots, and only consider them when needing to carry a heavy backpack for multi-day hikes. Merrell's All Out range is known for their lightweight and flexible features. This, and the fact that I Read more

Review: Merrell All Out Crush

Since their announcement in November 2015 that they will be teaming up for a partnership with the OCR giant Tough Mudder, Merrell has released specific gear that has been catered for obstacle course racers, one of which is Merrell’s new All Out Crush trail-running shoe. Merrell is so dedicated to the design process for specialized OCR shoes that they even plan to build a mini Tough Mudder course at their Read more

Computer controlled OTA and DSLR

I obtained a Rich-Field Refractor with an aperture of 150mm and a focal length of 750mm along with a iOptron MiniTower mount that wasn't in what you would call 'perfect working condition' some time ago and this post documents how I went about restoring it. Issue #1 : Issues with the GoToNova hand controller that is supplied with the MiniTower. Red backlight on the screen remains on but the information that is Read more
January 1, 2013 Posted by Ramon in Gear

Kindle e-Book Reader

I became interested in the Kindle on one of my solo backpacking trips after chancing upon a fellow backpacker that raved about the one he owned (Kindle 3). He had been traveling for half a year and insisted that the Kindle was one of the best things that he could have brought along with him. Fortunately for me, shortly after Amazon launched their new generation of Kindle eBook readers including a touch screen Read more