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A guide to the basics of photography and what you need in your kitbag to step up your image game when travelling in the wild. Since the dawn of human civilisation, humans have been creating images to replicate scenes that they see. Photography has progressed from ancient cave drawings to portraiture and the dawn of the digital age. Nowadays, the most commonly used camera is in your pocket at all times, and it’s incredible what one can achieve with a simple mobile phone. However, if you want to capture the beauty of nature in any great detail on your next adventure,…

NO-PAIN MATTRESS Z-fold and roll-up foam mattresses are bulky and take up a lot of packing space, so it’s worth taking a good look at the more compact self-inflating examples from Tentco. Made from PVC with an anti-slip coating below and a micro-suede covering on top for comfort, they insulate well, pack small and are extremely comfortable. They are supplied with a compression stuff sack: simply open the tape and they inflate themselves. The 5cm-thick example weighs 2kg, packs to a 70cm x 18cm roll, and opens out to 190 x 54cm; the 10cm weighs  3.65kg, packs to 70cm x 18cm, and opens out to 200 x 66cm. R599…

GRIP AIDS If you aren’t getting stuck, you need to try harder, goes the old 4×4 adage. But then you need to extract yourself – and these knobbly tracks made from UV-resistant LDPE (Polyethylene) are the business when it comes to regaining traction in mud, snow or sand.  ey stack together easily for carrying and mounting to a vehicle, weigh 2.8kg each, can support 3 metric tons, and measure up at 110 x 35 x 8cm. Order by email and expect to pay R120 for delivery to major metropolitan areas. R2950 per pair 082 636 9979 dei786@yahoo.com

JUMP STARTER This compact power bank packs a solid 200A starting punch. Designed to be compact enough to be kept in a cubby-hole (at 450 grams and just 17 x 8.5 x 3.2cm), it is also powerful enough to jump-start your vehicle up to 20 times on a single charge. The JuiceBoost will give your battery a boost when you need it most, but it can also charge your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or other USB device, and has an LED torch with a strobe and SOS setting for those night-time emergencies. It fits into a handy zip-up carry case, and is supplied with crocodile clips, 12V…

IN FOCUS When it comes to general-use Porro-prism binoculars, the Tasco Essentials range is keenly priced for what it offers – including fully coated lenses, a rugged rubber-coated housing and a variety of sizes and configurations. This 10×50 (magnification x objective lens) example with its centre focus mechanism and fold-down eye cups weighs a full-size 770 grams, and has a 122-metre field of view and a close-focus limit of 5.5 metres. R899 www.trappers.co.za *Prices are subject to change without notice. Check website for latest update. Item may not be available at all Trappers Stores.

WORK LIGHT The new universal work light from Ironman 4×4 is compact, with a low power draw from its two 5W CREE LEDs, and uses brand new reflectors to make the most of its superbright 840-lumen output. Easily mounted and wired in a variety of places on a 4×4, it is ideal for assistance in reversing, illuminating a camp area, or lighting the cargo area of a vehicle. It is IP67 and IP69K rated for ingress of water and dust, and features a diecast aluminium housing and stainless-steel mounting bracket. R495 (011) 634 7600 www.ironman4x4.co.za

LEVEL-HEADED Campsites are hardly ever absolutely level, and that’s when you need this set of four solidly-built aluminium jacks to get your motorhome or sleeping trailer on the level. They are easy to use, and height adjustable from 28cm to 43cm. R1295 (011) 395-1020 |gauteng@fiamma.co.za (021) 577-3863 | info@fiamma.co.za

SECOND-ROUND RUBBER Rock crawlers and low-speed 4×4 playthings can escape the high prices associated with brand-new rubber by fitting a set of remoulded Bulldog Mud Terrains from Safari Tyres. These are bead-to-bead remoulded tyres suitable mostly for off -road use, and are offered on special right now in 16- and 17-inch sizes. R900 each 082 800 2369 sales@safarityres.co.za www.safarityres.co.za

Bundu Basher Bushco No Loop Bumper for Hilux Revo Improve the approach angle and toughen up the front of your Hilux Revo with the No Loop Bumper from The Bush Company. This locally-built front-end protector is available in either 3mm steel or 3-4.5mm vehicle grade aluminium, and weighs less than 20kg. Designed for maximum air flow, it features jacking points, is winch compatible and includes LED indicators and LED high beam focus lights. Price: R19 995 Tel: 010 010 0060 Website: www.thebushcompany.net Air Up # 1 & 2 Flo Max & Flo Max Pro air compressors Off -road travel can be…

The Hilux Vigo is a pretty tough vehicle in standard trim, but you quickly find its limits when you hit a few trails. The approach angle isn’t all it could be, and my 2010 version of the breed had a chromed loop up front that reduced the effective forward clearance; on more than one occasion I scraped it on steep dips. The sides of the plastic bumper also received their share of scratches from my over-enthusiastic attempts at deep ruts. So, I had been eyeing the bull bar offerings for some time, and when a scratch-and-dent item came up from…

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