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If you have a GoPro and you have not yet invested in any accessories (separate from the GoPro mounts) please look into GoPole.  They are the “#1 selling third-party GoPro accessory brand worldwide.” And they are this for a reason.  Aside from the highly functional and practical products they have designed and perfected, GoPole products are high quality and affordable.

We were lucky enough to try a few different products from GoPole, highlighting the Evo in the video, and mentioning a few others to follow in the write up.  The Evo is versatile and sleek and while you can gain an extension of 26”, you’re also protecting your GoPro (it floats), and being non-invasive in your shots (the clear design makes this extension less obvious in shots).  If you could only choose one GoPole accessory for your shooting needs, I’d say this should be the one.

But that’s a tough call… the Reach, also an extension mount, will give you 17-40” of extension.  It also has a comfortable hand grip, safety strap, quality build, and easy to use adjustability.  While it is white, it will get you some angles and extensions that wouldn’t be possible with the Evo.

The Grenade Grip, another sweet thing to add to your quiver, comes in handy when you’re packing light or just looking for a less drastic view of yourself and your surroundings. This is basically a hand held mount that is comfortable and simple.  This mount will forever eliminate the finger-ruined corner.  Tyson and I always have the hardest time taking pictures of the two of us because a finger usually ends up in the shot.  We had some glorious photos from dirt biking in Western Colorado and the Utah desert but every single one of them had a little corner of skin.  So frustrating! Not anymore.

GoPole makes an assortment of additional GoPro accessories and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase any of them.  I often find that third party brands are not made with quality and care but this is the complete opposite of GoPole.  I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried and won’t go anywhere without on of my extension poles.

For those of you that are on the fence about some sort of extension device for your GoPro, there are many spectacular reasons why you should try GoPole:

- The angles are phenomenal! Even if you’re not a very creative person, mess around with these and you are bound to find some creativity.  The stability

- The stability in it of itself is worth it.  Even if you don’t want to get super cool, amazing shots with your GoPro, please for the sake of those watching your content, the stability factor is huge!  I found myself making some very stable pans this weekend (when I was on a moving boat/I have shakey hands already/I lose my balance when I’m staring at a screen). I was very impressed to say the least.

- Extra protection… each of the three mounts have a safety strap on the base and the Evo serves also as a flotation device.  If you’re shooting on a boat, it makes sense to have the Evo attached.

If you have a GoPro invest in a GoPole extension mount.  Your viewers will thank you, you’ll have a ton of fun, and you’ll pay for a quality made product (Oh did I forget to mention Free Shipping for all orders and Lifetime Warranty?)! Check them out!

Also, check out this quick little edit, which I shot entirely with the GoPole EVO mount attached!

GoPole Guide

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The EVO

The REACH

The GRENADE GRIP

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Lately there’s been a trend developing to use more natural products in outdoor clothing and I like it. Synthetics tend to get stiff and stinky on me about five minutes after wearing them. Here are some thoughts on a Merino Wool baselayer from Woolx.

I like this shirt a lot with the exception of the tag placement. It rubs my side a bit and I’m too scared to cut it off and leave something even worse.

The fit is good though the sleeves are a bit longer than I like. I’m normally between a small and medium and this small fits well.

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Woolx Merino Wool Lightweight Tshirt: http://goo.gl/rYWf0p

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Carry-on bag size limits seems to change monthly and when United Airlines updated their policy to include smaller bags, it sent me on a search for the perfect travel bag. Tom Bihn quickly answered that call with the Aeronaut 45.

I’m a frequent flyer on United and I hate checking bags. I can travel for weeks overseas with everything in a bag that fits under my seat. That’s my rule in fact, just in case all the overhead bins are full. Who has time to wait for a bag that never arrive at your destination in the carrousel?

Tom Bihn’s Aeronaut 45 is the exact size of United’s carry-on bag sizer (22″ x 14″ x 9″), but that wasn’t my only consideration.

Multiple options are built in to the bag to carry it wherever you like, including car camping around the north and Midwest like I did. Grab handles are included on each side, regular carry handles are attached to the bag and an optional shoulder strap should give you more than enough options. Oh wait, I haven’t mentioned the shoulder straps that zip into the back of the back, allowing you to inconspicuously convert it to a comfy backpack.

Don’t need a bag this large? Check out the Aeronaut 30 with all the same features in a smaller size.

I’m truly a fan of everything Tom Bihn has ever made, and visited their Seattle factory to see their manufacturing first hand. Everything they do is first class.

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Tom Bihn Brain Bag: http://goo.gl/NN6QxH

Tom Bihn Synapse 19: http://goo.gl/D7ukSG

Tom Bihn Aeronat 45: http://goo.gl/iSHGf5

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Do you love adventure travel but hate looking like a backpacker? Straps hanging everywhere and large hip belts don’t do anything to help you blend in to the crowd. Boreas solved this problem with their comfortable Sapa Trek.

While roll-a-board bags have revolutionized the travel industry, I’m not a fan of wheeling luggage through subways, down busy city streets, and they certainly don’t fit well on the back of a scooter. I did that in Thailand once and there’s a reason I haven’t repeated that.

At 55 liters (3,356 cubic inches) you’ll find room for everything you need for a two week trip or more. I fit all my gear plus two kid’s worth of clothes in this bag for a 10 day adventure in Korea.

Boreas includes a rain cover, though I left that at home along with the removable back panel to save weight and comply with United’s carry-on size limits.

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Boreas Sapa Trek Pack

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Climbing before work in the mornings is great; changing your clothes in the parking lot before work is not. The Deadpoint Shorts by Outdoor Research allow you to climb as hard as you like, brush them off, and head to the office (as long as it’s a casual one).

I love the fit of these shorts: plenty roomy and even though they’re made mostly from cotton, they have a nice stretch to get you through the toughest boulder problem.

In the video I talk about the sizing and find it right on, if not a little on the big side. These shorts will follow you anywhere and keep you looking good while doing it.

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Outdoor Research Deadpoint Shorts

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Whether you’re at the gym, in the country, or running on high mountainous trails, there are a few essentials that one must have to endure a successful and comfortable run.  I’m more of a jogger and as I’m living in Minnesota right now, I enjoy the flat land and the break from the Colorado steep mountain grades.

One of the most important pieces of equipment for exercising, in my opinion, is your shoe.  I’ve had bad running shoes and I’ve had good ones.  Obviously, your feet are supporting your entire body and are what keep you moving forward step by step.  I think they deserve a little respect.  So if you want to respect your feet you’ll look into the Grassbow Air by Merrell.

Not only are the Grassbow Airs extremely functional, comfortable, and breathable, they are colorful and pretty.  I have the Pink/Grey ones and absolutely love them! Of course, we all know that style doesn’t really matter but, then again, it’s always a perk for us ladies.

PlanetShoes.com has been a great company to get to know.  They offer an amazing selection of shoe types and brands.  Like I said, I had to return my shoes and get the next size down.  It was hassle free and money free.  I’m very hesitant to order shoes from somewhere that does not offer free returns (this is kind of rare, too) because shoes are so very specific.

If you’re looking for your next favorite pair of running (or hiking too as I would be very excited to wear these hiking) then look no further than the Merrell Grassbow Air.  Light, colorful, full of speed and spunk; you won’t be disappointed!

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The Grassbow Air by Merrell

Planet Shoes

Merrell at Planet Shoes

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