Gear

The idea of using a buggy as a vehicle and a kite for propulsion is simple. But once we started researching what we would need for the trip we realised that even with a minimal approach we would need some serious gear.

The Kites

Talking to various characters at the Wallop kite festival, we soon realised that everyone had a different idea on what the best sort of kites were to use.

However, having looked at the gear used in other kite expeditions and thought about our particular requirements, we knew one Ozone Access XT and two Ozone Frenzy depower foils each would be perfect for the job.

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The Buggies

Expedition ready Peter Lynn Outlaw Buggy

The outlaw buggy has been designed for expedition use. Generously supplied by Craig Hansen in New Zealand, these buggies withstood the rough terrain of the sahara, so we’re confident that they’ll be more than a match for the beaches and dunes of north east Brazil even without vehicle support.

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Carrying everything

As we’ll be doing the trip without the aid of vehicles we needed a fair bit of loading space, so the buggies have been fitted with load trays behind the seat and over the rear axle to take the kites and other baggage, and custom bags have been made by BuggyBags.co.uk – Jon and Helen at Buggy Bags are very well known for making really high quality seats, bags, mounts and other accessories for buggying, so we’re lucky to have them onboard!

We’ll be taking very minimal baggage to keep weight and volume down, so most of the weight will be taken up with equipment. Everything will be strapped on the loading racks at the back of each buggy.

Recording the adventure

We’ll be taking two Panasonic FT3 cameras for still photos and HD video. They’re shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof and one of them has been around Africa, so should be able to cope with the conditions better than most!

For ‘onboard’ footage, we’re taking a system that usually only sees the inside of racing cars and strapping it to one of our buggies. Video VBOX, produced by Racelogic, combines a very accurate GPS data logger with the footage from two bullet cameras which will be mounted on the buggy for point of view multi camera video. Our speed and position will be graphically overlaid over the video, which should make for some interesting footage and speed competitions between us!
Video VBOX Lite - GPS data logger and video system

Video VBOX Lite – GPS data logger and video system

Footwear

Whether we`re in the kite buggies or on foot, doing more than a marathon every day for three weeks required footwear we can rely on.

Shoes needed to be light and comfortable for walking and running in the heat, yet rugged enough to drive our buggies along through the footpegs and even be used as brakes on the sand at 30mph+!

New Balance all terrain shoes fulfilled these tough requirements in style. One day they might be driving the buggies across dunes, another walking and running along dirt and asphault, and another wading through rivers and mangrove swamps.

If you need comfortable and hard wearing footwear with good grip, you wouldn`t go wrong with a pair of New Balance all terrain shoes.

8 thoughts on “Gear

  1. Thanks Carl, and thanks for introducing us to Craig. He’s helped us so much and he’s pretty much a part of the team now – shame he can’t come!

    Saw a couple of your buggies at wallop recently – getting lots of attention from people as always!

    Harry

  2. Those cameras are great: make sure you’re careful when you’re opening the casing for whatever reason though (changing memory card/batteries etc.) – if you do it in high humidity or even high temperature the lens will fog up when you get it cold (especially when immersed in water, but really whenever it’s cold).

    To fix: ideally pop the camera in a sealed bag of rice or silica gell with all flaps open. Second best is to stick it in front of air con with flaps facing the outlet as air con air is cold and usually dry.

    Best of luck on your trip Burger Boy xx

  3. Thanks for the photographic insights and well wishes Matt Brown. Yeah I thought the waterproof Panasonic cameras might hold up to the conditions a little better than my SLR! Will add a bag of rice to the kit list :)

    • Cheers Simon – the 2C Solar light caps have been completely invaluable. We`ve worn them every day to protect our heads and necks from the sun, and the lights have made progress much safer after sundown too.

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