Author: Lee Lau

Guest blogger Lee Lau is an avid skier and outdoorsman embarking on many adventures with his loving, and sometimes concerned wife, Sharon. He has over 15 years of experience skiing, ski-touring and dabbles in mountaineering. In the “off-season” he is occasionally found working in his day job as an intellectual property lawyer when he is not mountain biking. As a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lee’s playground extends mainly to Western Canada, including South West B.C. and the Selkirks.

Sometimes new versions of an existing products are yawners. This is not one of these times. GoPro’s new HD HERO2 is a meaningful improvement of the older HD Hero. Reviewed here for skiing purposes is the HD Hero2 Outdoor Edition ($299.99). I’ve also found the the LCD BacPac ($79.99), the chestmount ($39.99) and the extra battery BacPac ($49.99) accessory useful. In this article I’ll primarily review video quality of the new GoPro HD Hero2 and compare it against the video quality of the HD Hero. I’ll also review some improvements of the HD Hero2 vs the HD Hero. For background, here are older articles where I compared the older generation GoPro…

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Syncros’s FL series refuses to surrender to neat categorization. Light enough to be used for non-technical pedal-to-the-metal xc racing purposes, yet tough enough to be used for technical hard riding, ths “Freaking Light” component group extends to handlebars, stems, seatposts, saddles, headsets and wheelsets. In my opinion, components are as much about looks as they are performance. The Syncros FL group has an understated aesthetic that will appeal to those who crave simplicity of neutral colours married with function. I’ll profile the components below (Syncros supplied me with stem, seatpost, saddle and headset) and provide general comments as to whether…

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This review is an update of a now old review I wrote where I reviewed the Contour HD for snowsports. Contour has continually improved its camera so it makes sense to review and showcase the latest iteration of Contour’s POV camera – the Contour GPS. As with the previous article this review is for a specific situation and use; point of view (POV) cameras for the snowsport enthusiast particularly for use with heavy snowfalls, dark gloomy winters, and challenging light conditions. Contour (the company) has made several changes to the ContourGPS camera all of which improve useability. This article will…

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Founded by American mountaineer, Matt Brooks, Brooks Range is a small, California-based company focusing on gear for the mountaineering and backcountry crowd. An invariable part of the experience of starting a trip is getting to the trailhead (or helipad as the case may be). Sometimes a rubbermaid tote will do the trick of carting around gear but oftentimes you need something a bit more portable. Enter the Brooks Range duffel bag. This review is for the medium Brooks Range duffel bag which has a 70 liter carrying capacity. Medium Duffel Specs: 24″ x 15″ x 15″ (61 cm x 38…

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This was initially going to be a review of the GoPro HD for snowsports but now, quite organically, this article has become a review and comparison of the GoPro HD and Vholdr Contour HD for snowsports. A quick word on why I think a review like this makes sense. First reason, these seem to be among the most popular POV cameras. Second reason, I’ve already reviewed both the GoPro HD and ContourHD so was familiar with their use and quirks (I’ve included links to my previous reviews below in the section on “Biases”). Third, I thought this review might fill…

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I am new to videos, only having started shooting and editing videos this year. I have no aspirations to produce professional quality videos–my efforts are limited to short snippets uploaded to the web via Vimeo. During the ski season I became interested in point-of-view (POV) videos after having seen some fine efforts from a friend who, among other things, skied off the iconic Vancouver mountain landmarks known as the Lions. Until my recent interest in POV videos, I had been shooting videos with a Canon G10, then with a Panasonic Lumix FX-35. I started researching POV cameras. I wanted something…

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Osprey has been in the pack business since 1974 and is headquartered in Colorado. The Osprey Variant 28 is the smallest pack in a line designed for “ultimate climbing and scrambling”. Osprey wanted me to try the Variant 28 for ski – mountaineering. I sometimes think of ski-mountaineers as people who climb mountains by easy ways so they can ski off relatively mellow (by climbing standards) aspects. It is, however, a difficult outdoor activity for which to design equipment since a ski-mountaineer confronts a wide variety of conditions and has to use different modes of locomotion to get up and…

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