Best Outdoor Gear Vasque Inhalers

Part of working for so many different brands is that we often get product we’d normally never seek out on our own. Both Janine and I do almost all of our hiking trips in running shoes, they’re the most comfortable, light, agile, and what we are used to being in. But when we started working for Vasque Footwear this year, …

Best Outdoor Gear Outdoor Research Layering System

Outdoor Research is a brand we have come to know very well. After four years of shooting photos for them, literally living in their clothing, and using it for all our mountain time, we know the very best pieces. One of the biggest advantages of getting to use a lot of products a company makes is that you get to …

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Best Outdoor Gear Hydrapak Soft Flasks

Patitucci Picks for Best Outdoor Gear As someone who uses outdoor gear almost every day of the year for work, daily training, and for general mountain life, I wanted to share some stand out products that have become our favorite items. No company is paying for any of this, I’m just trying to share what we’ve found to work perfectly based …

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The Sony a7II in the Nepal Himalaya

Back in September, I posted about making the switch to Sony after almost 20 years shooting Canon pro cameras. I’d been bombarded with the Sony a7 popping up in my social media and photography news sites and became intrigued to see what the hype was all about. At the same time, I was recognizing that Canon seemed sound asleep. My phone could do more …

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Switching from Canon to Sony for Mountain Sports

For years I’ve dreamt of having a simple, compact camera I barely notice. One that can make professional quality images, be fast enough for action, and be designed in such a way to allow me to be creative. The combo was tough, especially regarding speed. In 2013, we took notice of Sony’s RX100, it seemed the first point and shoot from which …

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F-Stop Camera Bag Review

  For the last couple of years, we have been working with F-Stop Camera Bags. F-Stop was the obvious choice as they specialize in making bags for mountain sport & adventure photographers. The line is full of options for the outdoor photographer. There was only one minor problem – we rarely use a camera bag. The reason I learned was not because …

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Sony Alpha a6000 Review for Mountain Sports

We are not camera reviewers or even remotely interested in camera tech. We just make photos, concentrating on the experience, with familiar gear we know to be reliable and of the highest quality. However, as professional photographers and athletes, we have long dreamt of a small camera capable of making perfect images for publication. One that would also have to …

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Five Outdoor Tips

After doing mountain sports for the last 25 years, 300+ days a year, my philosophy about gear is to find the perfect system, then forget about it. I live and work in the mountains, the Swiss Alps, and I have dedicated my life to mountain sports, both as a photographer and athlete. I am more concerned about “doing” than I am …

Assos Bonka Jacket

And the Gear Review Winter Rap Up final is… Assos iJ.bonKa.6 Jacket I have no idea what the name means, but the jacket made my would be miserably frigid winter days actually quite pleasant. With about 2000 winter kilometers on the bike in this jacket, I have come to know it well. Features include the usual Assos unparalleled quality, performance fit, and …

Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure Kit

And the Gear Review Winter Rap Up number 3 is… Goal Zero Adventure 10 Kit There is one clear reason why I am able to be in and work in the mountains 300+ days a year, without stress, – the Smartphone. In Switzerland and the Alps, there is high speed 3G most everywhere, the Alps are an extension of my …

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Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket

Gear Review Winter Rap Up number 2 is the Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket The Outdoor Research Centrifuge Jacket Last fall we started shooting some work for Outdoor Research and as usual, some gear spun out of the shoot and into my hands. More than any other piece of clothing I used this winter, none was so perfect as the Centrifuge …

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Suunto Ambit

As we transition from one season to the next, I thought to write up a few gear reviews of products we used all winter and found to be perfect. Possibly the most important thing about Gear Reviews is knowing who is doing the review. Do they have any idea what they are talking about? Are they being paid to promote …

LowePro Flipside Sport 15L Pack Review

For the last few weeks, we have been lucky to have had use of Lowepro’s latest pack for adventure sport and travel photographers. It is a joy to get to use new product before it hits the market, test it, and release little teasers via social media. A couple of things I have learned: LowePro is really listening to design …

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Travel Photography Gear List

“What gear do you use?” In all likelihood, we are the world’s worst photographer to ask about gear, it’s just not our thing. Nevertheless, the question always pops up. Our experience is that Canon’s high end camera bodies work very well, so we buy them as needed. Ditto for lenses. We never use filters, rarely a tripod, and went years …

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LowePro Photo Sport 200 for Mountain Sport Photographer Athletes

Both Janine and myself are professional mountain sport photographers. We are also very dedicated, serious athletes in many of the sports we photograph. As such, we regularly combine what we do for sport with what we do for work. With all of this centering around mountains, photography, performance, reliability and results – we need the best gear. In the last …

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Best of Mountain Sport Gear 2010

Patitucci’s Picks for Best Outdoor Industry Gear As longtime professional mountain sport photographers, we get to see, use, and really get to know a lot of outdoor industry gear. And, as fulltime athletes in the very sports we photograph, we fully understand what makes for a quality product, and what makes for stuff we would just prefer to ship right …

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Basic Ski Mountaineering Race Gear and Ski Rando Technique Explained

Ski Rando Race Gear Thanks to being inundated with questions about ski rando race gear all winter, we put together a short video to explain what I’ve learned racing in Europe. I am by no means an expert, but I was immersed in the Euro race scene all season and managed to do well in some races, including the famous …

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Ski Rando Race Gear

Ski Rando Racing : What gear is needed? While packing for a weekend of Ski Rando Racing (Ski Mountaineering Racing) in the Italian Dolomites, I though to snap a quick photo to present exactly what it is that goes and is typically required. I have two races to choose from tomorrow and am prepared for each. One is a frantic, …

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Dynafit Eruption and Aurora Down Jacket Review

Isn’t it mandatory these days for Product Reviews to reveal whether or not the reviewer was given products for free? If so, I hereby admit that yes, Dynafit recently sent me a huge box of goods – for a photo shoot. But “free” gear does not always make for “good” gear, so when something is good I like to let …

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Alpabzug

And now for something completely different. Alpabzug No sports, no gear reviews, nothing to do with making your heart beat quickly. Just cows, the end of summer, beer and a lot of European tradition. Alpabzug: The traditional celebration of the end of summer where the cows are brought down from the high Alps to the valley floors for the coming …