By 7 September 2009 | Categories: feature articles


Panasonic Toughbook U1

What better place to update your Facebook out in the wild than on the ultra-portable Panasonic Toughbook U1? Extremely rugged, there is no other PC able to withstand the bumps and bruises associated with Bear’s hard-knock life. If the going gets tough the Toughbook can even be used as a weapon, since it is certified to withstand knocks associated with a 2 m drop. From R21 800, call Kirsten Rossouw from Panasonic on 011-313-1618.

  Canon PowerShot G11 and Pentax Optio W80

A few pics for the family never goes amiss when travelling on business. So Bear’s crew would need a rugged camera or two. Canon’s G11 will do the trick for those landscape shots, while the Pentax’s shock, dust and waterproof Optio W80 is ideal for those more awkward submerged-in-water/ hanging-from-a-tree shots. Get the G11 for R6227 and Optio W80 for R3949 from
  Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

While Bear never needs to phone home, his crew would be in a spot of trouble if they failed to check in with the old lady once or twice a day. Iridium’s 9555 can make calls from “anywhere to everywhere,” which is pretty handy when stuck in the world’s sweatiest orifices. Compact as far as sat phones go, the 9555 also features an integrated speakerphone, improved SMS and email messaging.
R12 799 (excl VAT) from Satellite Communication on
011-402-1166 or visit
  Ape Chargers

A gaggle of gadgets generally needs a ­little juice to keep the power lights glowing. The G.A.D.G.E.T. Shop’s range of mobile chargers, including the Powerchimp (R399), Solarmonkey (R599) and Powergorilla (R2399), are ideal for those power emergencies. When not aping about on location the crew would be best served by keeping their portable chargers juiced for a shoot since all of these products can work in tandem to recharge each other. God forbid the sat phone dies and the missus tries to call. Phone them on
012-346-2726 or visit

CADAC Patio Lifestyler Optio W80

If you can cart about camera equipment you can cart about a decent braai. Our recommendation is the 2-in-1 CADAC Patio Lifestyler. Part gas BBQ, part charcoal kettle braai, this behemoth is big enough and versatile enough to cook any dead animal Bear finds. R6999 to R7499 from Makro.


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