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November 8, 2020

The Adventure Photographer’s Gift Guide

Written By
Joel Fuller

Gear

November 8, 2020

The Adventure Photographer’s Gift Guide

Written By
Joel Fuller


This holiday, we did the research for you. Thanks to a solid line-up of adventure photographers, we’ve curated a list of gifts for you to get outside with. (P.s. You might just want to get this link into the hands of those who might be gifting you this year.)

Curated by:

1. The DJI RS 2

The dream stabilizer
Recommended by Benjamin Hardman


Arguably one of the most essential pieces of kit for filmmakers, gimbals allow you to tilt, pan, roll, and capture fluid motion on the go. The all-new RS 2 is DJI’s latest on offer. It’s 25% lighter and more compact than its predecessor the Ronin S because of its shorter grip, collapsible carbon fibre axis arms, and smaller battery (still retaining 12 hour battery life). “It’s an incredible tool that allows me to capture the visions I have in my head, see them on screen, and share them with the world.” says instructor Benjamin Hardman. 

Also new is DJI's RavenEye - a wireless video transmitter that allows you to use your phone as a monitor and control the parameters of your camera.

The RS 2 will run you $849 or $999 with the RavenEye wireless image transmitter

2. ON Running Cloudventure Trail Running Shoes

Light, fast, versatile
Recommended by Alex Strohl

Trail runners are the new hiking boots. Lightweight, comfortable out of the box, fast, and arguably more ‘fashionable’. You can get anywhere with a good pair and are ideal for moving fast - which can sometimes be the difference between getting the shot or missing it. The Cloudventure is perfect for all different kinds of terrain whether hiking or running and are quick to dry when wet. 

The Cloudventure shoe is available at On Running for $149.99

3. Black Diamond Revolt 350 Rechargeable Headlamp

Never leave home without one
Recommended by Chris Burkard


"Every photographer knows the best light comes at sunrise and sunset, which means you're up before the sunrise and still out after the sun has set. A headlamp is an essential piece of gear, both for hiking and maneuvering in the outdoors as well as staying hands free to be able to work with your camera gear. Black Diamond rechargeable headlamp's are my go to as they can be charged or take standard batteries if needed. They're bright, lightweight, and I never leave home without it.” – Chris Burkard

BD’s rechargeable headlamps cost between $45 - $100. Check them out here

4. Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press

Best cup ever. Anywhere.
Recommended by Joel Fuller

Built off the same famously popular design of the original Aeropress, the Aeropress Go comes in a much smaller package conveniently housed in its own cup to brew and drink from, a container for filters, a measuring spoon, stir stick, and a form fitting lid. “I honestly can’t imagine a more convenient way to make a good cup of coffee - I take it everywhere with me.” – Joel Fuller

Get it here for $43

5. Lexar 1TB Pro Portable SSD

Safe, secure, simple
Recommended by Alex Strohl

“They’ve changed my workflow - on remote shoots I have just two of them for backups. One always remains in my hotel room, the other always stays with me. It’s the ultimate traveling backup system.” – Alex Strohl

The Lexar Professional SL100 Pro has been a favorite of ours for a while now and Lexar just released the newest SL200 version. They’re small and sleek, affordable, well built, and incredibly useful. The USB-C cable fits snuggly which is a good sign for longevity and they’re blazing fast for transfering files and working directly off of. Invest in one (or two) and you won’t ever go back - it will simplify your life.

Take a look at more of the features on Lexar here - the 1TB version will run you $159.99

6. 66North Reykjavik Pants

The go-to adventure pant
Recommend by Alex Strohl

Finding the ultimate pair of go-to pants that can seamlessly move between urban and mountain environments with good fit is a pursuit Alex Strohl has been on for years now. A testament to this is the fact he made an entire youtube film just about it. After years of hunting Alex has settled on these: the 66N Reykjavik Pants. They may look casual, but if you look closer they are made from functional materials so you’re always ready to go, no matter where your day takes you, and the fit is really on point. 

The 66N Reykjavik Pants cost $175 

Check here for Men’s & Women’s

7. Rode VideoMicro

To elevate your video, elevate your sound
Recommended by Isaac Johnston

The Rode VideoMicro is the perfect mic for run and gun filmmakers and photographers that jump between photo and film. It’s small enough to fit on any camera without blocking the viewfinder, does not require batteries and once plugged in is always on. The quality of audio is something drastically underestimated by photographers getting into filmmaking - this mic is the perfect piece to have in your kit to elevate your production.


Get RodeVideoMicro for $59

8. Peak Design Tripod + Clip


A quintessential piece of kit

Recommended by Chris Burkard

"Of all my camera accessories, the Peak Design Tripod and Clip just might be my favorite. A good tripod is vital for every photographer, and the new Peak Design model blows every other tripod I've used out of the water. It's seamlessly designed, lightweight, and the clip makes for easy mounting. This is another piece of gear I never leave for a shoot without.” – Chris Burkard

The Peak Design Tripod will run you $349.95 and the Clip $69.95

9. Arcteryx Atom LT

The every-occasion jacket
Recommended by Joel Fuller

A light, versatile synthetically insulated hoody that works as a mid-layer or standalone piece. “This jacket goes everywhere with me'' says  Joel. “It’s a staple of mine on any outdoor adventure and transforms into a functional jacket for urban outings to the movies or coffee shops, it’s just so versatile and comfortable. The Atom feels like my second skin.” It’s breathable, warm when wet, has great elastic cuffs, and is built to a high standard of quality. The Atom LT is the most popular jacket Arcteryx sells for good reason. Once you buy one you won’t want to wear anything else.

The Atom LT will run you $259

10. Wildist’s Adventure PRO Workshop by Alex Strohl

A must to build your career
Recommended by Joel Fuller

“Okay, I might be a bit biased on this one because I helped film this workshop – but even in the filming I learned an immense amount of information. It shares everything Alex knows from pitching clients to producing commercial shoots. This will 100% move you forward in your career” – Joel Fuller

Explore this workshop here – course is $299

11. Fjallraven Eco Shell

Waterproof, breathable and sustainable
Recommended by Issac Johnston

The Keb Eco-Shell Jacket was made for adventuring. Giving you the protection you need during the harshest of weather “It’s my favorite outdoor shell made with environmentally friendly practices” says Isaac Johnston. The “Eco-Shell” material is not only tough, breathable, and rain/wind resistant, but made with an environmentally conscious mind and uses a non-fluorocarbon DWR (durable water-repellent) treatment to bead-off water. Most brands treat their garments with a fluorocarbon based DWR which at the large scale of the outdoor industry has a negative environmental impact.


The Keb Eco-Shell costs $500. Available here for Men & Women

12. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Break through creative blocks
Recommended by Joel Fuller

A quintessential book on self-discipline, creativity, and what it takes to be a professional creative. Being a responsible photographer or filmmaker takes discipline and a deep desire to push past procrastination, but how? Steven Pressfield refers to procrastination and everything it entails in this book as “The Resistance”. He describes all the ways it manipulates you and explains all the ways you can defeat it. "I can’t recommend this book enough" says Joel.


Buy it
here for $12.95


This holiday, we did the research for you. Thanks to a solid line-up of adventure photographers, we’ve curated a list of gifts for you to get outside with. (P.s. You might just want to get this link into the hands of those who might be gifting you this year.)

Curated by:

1. The DJI RS 2

The dream stabilizer
Recommended by Benjamin Hardman


Arguably one of the most essential pieces of kit for filmmakers, gimbals allow you to tilt, pan, roll, and capture fluid motion on the go. The all-new RS 2 is DJI’s latest on offer. It’s 25% lighter and more compact than its predecessor the Ronin S because of its shorter grip, collapsible carbon fibre axis arms, and smaller battery (still retaining 12 hour battery life). “It’s an incredible tool that allows me to capture the visions I have in my head, see them on screen, and share them with the world.” says instructor Benjamin Hardman. 

Also new is DJI's RavenEye - a wireless video transmitter that allows you to use your phone as a monitor and control the parameters of your camera.

The RS 2 will run you $849 or $999 with the RavenEye wireless image transmitter

2. ON Running Cloudventure Trail Running Shoes

Light, fast, versatile
Recommended by Alex Strohl

Trail runners are the new hiking boots. Lightweight, comfortable out of the box, fast, and arguably more ‘fashionable’. You can get anywhere with a good pair and are ideal for moving fast - which can sometimes be the difference between getting the shot or missing it. The Cloudventure is perfect for all different kinds of terrain whether hiking or running and are quick to dry when wet. 

The Cloudventure shoe is available at On Running for $149.99

3. Black Diamond Revolt 350 Rechargeable Headlamp

Never leave home without one
Recommended by Chris Burkard


"Every photographer knows the best light comes at sunrise and sunset, which means you're up before the sunrise and still out after the sun has set. A headlamp is an essential piece of gear, both for hiking and maneuvering in the outdoors as well as staying hands free to be able to work with your camera gear. Black Diamond rechargeable headlamp's are my go to as they can be charged or take standard batteries if needed. They're bright, lightweight, and I never leave home without it.” – Chris Burkard

BD’s rechargeable headlamps cost between $45 - $100. Check them out here

4. Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press

Best cup ever. Anywhere.
Recommended by Joel Fuller

Built off the same famously popular design of the original Aeropress, the Aeropress Go comes in a much smaller package conveniently housed in its own cup to brew and drink from, a container for filters, a measuring spoon, stir stick, and a form fitting lid. “I honestly can’t imagine a more convenient way to make a good cup of coffee - I take it everywhere with me.” – Joel Fuller

Get it here for $43

5. Lexar 1TB Pro Portable SSD

Safe, secure, simple
Recommended by Alex Strohl

“They’ve changed my workflow - on remote shoots I have just two of them for backups. One always remains in my hotel room, the other always stays with me. It’s the ultimate traveling backup system.” – Alex Strohl

The Lexar Professional SL100 Pro has been a favorite of ours for a while now and Lexar just released the newest SL200 version. They’re small and sleek, affordable, well built, and incredibly useful. The USB-C cable fits snuggly which is a good sign for longevity and they’re blazing fast for transfering files and working directly off of. Invest in one (or two) and you won’t ever go back - it will simplify your life.

Take a look at more of the features on Lexar here - the 1TB version will run you $159.99

6. 66North Reykjavik Pants

The go-to adventure pant
Recommend by Alex Strohl

Finding the ultimate pair of go-to pants that can seamlessly move between urban and mountain environments with good fit is a pursuit Alex Strohl has been on for years now. A testament to this is the fact he made an entire youtube film just about it. After years of hunting Alex has settled on these: the 66N Reykjavik Pants. They may look casual, but if you look closer they are made from functional materials so you’re always ready to go, no matter where your day takes you, and the fit is really on point. 

The 66N Reykjavik Pants cost $175 

Check here for Men’s & Women’s

7. Rode VideoMicro

To elevate your video, elevate your sound
Recommended by Isaac Johnston

The Rode VideoMicro is the perfect mic for run and gun filmmakers and photographers that jump between photo and film. It’s small enough to fit on any camera without blocking the viewfinder, does not require batteries and once plugged in is always on. The quality of audio is something drastically underestimated by photographers getting into filmmaking - this mic is the perfect piece to have in your kit to elevate your production.


Get RodeVideoMicro for $59

8. Peak Design Tripod + Clip


A quintessential piece of kit

Recommended by Chris Burkard

"Of all my camera accessories, the Peak Design Tripod and Clip just might be my favorite. A good tripod is vital for every photographer, and the new Peak Design model blows every other tripod I've used out of the water. It's seamlessly designed, lightweight, and the clip makes for easy mounting. This is another piece of gear I never leave for a shoot without.” – Chris Burkard

The Peak Design Tripod will run you $349.95 and the Clip $69.95

9. Arcteryx Atom LT

The every-occasion jacket
Recommended by Joel Fuller

A light, versatile synthetically insulated hoody that works as a mid-layer or standalone piece. “This jacket goes everywhere with me'' says  Joel. “It’s a staple of mine on any outdoor adventure and transforms into a functional jacket for urban outings to the movies or coffee shops, it’s just so versatile and comfortable. The Atom feels like my second skin.” It’s breathable, warm when wet, has great elastic cuffs, and is built to a high standard of quality. The Atom LT is the most popular jacket Arcteryx sells for good reason. Once you buy one you won’t want to wear anything else.

The Atom LT will run you $259

10. Wildist’s Adventure PRO Workshop by Alex Strohl

A must to build your career
Recommended by Joel Fuller

“Okay, I might be a bit biased on this one because I helped film this workshop – but even in the filming I learned an immense amount of information. It shares everything Alex knows from pitching clients to producing commercial shoots. This will 100% move you forward in your career” – Joel Fuller

Explore this workshop here – course is $299

11. Fjallraven Eco Shell

Waterproof, breathable and sustainable
Recommended by Issac Johnston

The Keb Eco-Shell Jacket was made for adventuring. Giving you the protection you need during the harshest of weather “It’s my favorite outdoor shell made with environmentally friendly practices” says Isaac Johnston. The “Eco-Shell” material is not only tough, breathable, and rain/wind resistant, but made with an environmentally conscious mind and uses a non-fluorocarbon DWR (durable water-repellent) treatment to bead-off water. Most brands treat their garments with a fluorocarbon based DWR which at the large scale of the outdoor industry has a negative environmental impact.


The Keb Eco-Shell costs $500. Available here for Men & Women

12. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Break through creative blocks
Recommended by Joel Fuller

A quintessential book on self-discipline, creativity, and what it takes to be a professional creative. Being a responsible photographer or filmmaker takes discipline and a deep desire to push past procrastination, but how? Steven Pressfield refers to procrastination and everything it entails in this book as “The Resistance”. He describes all the ways it manipulates you and explains all the ways you can defeat it. "I can’t recommend this book enough" says Joel.


Buy it
here for $12.95