There's a simple formula for every great beach cruiser: It should be easy to ride and be able to take a beating. That's why it's no surprise that Priority Bicycles, the company that made the $US400 ($526) maintenance-free bike, has built a cruiser for use in places we need durability the most — at beaches and boardwalks.
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Headed to the beach this month? All manner of dedicated speakers, coolers and phone cases are going to be vying for your don't-get-sand-or-water-in-it money. Do you really need to pay money to achieve that? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Let's look at the why and how and save you both cash and broken phones.
When we last took a look, the Drift HD came in last in our action camera battlemodo. It had a lot of features that we really liked, but image quality wasn't up to snuff. The new Drift Ghost, however, promises even more features, not the least of which is a new set of optics.
Think of an action cam, and the name GoPro probably comes to mind. But there are a lot of alternatives to consider, as a recent action cam Battlemodo proved. One brand, Contour, has always been just a step away from gaining GoPro-style notoriety. The recently announced Contour+2 might change that.
It's been a year of rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras, and there have been some really good ones. Fuji wants in on the rough-and-tough action, but can it hang with the others? We beat it up to find out.
Tough, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras are supposed to be awesome: small enough to fit in your pocket, submersible to depths of 12 metres, able to survive drops from heights above a man's head. We put four of these cameras through gadget hell to determine the ultimate rugged shooter. It turns out that they're all great in some ways, and they all have some serious flaws.
Let's face it, most rugged cameras can cope with being dropped, frozen or dunked in water, but few of them take good photos. This is why the newly announced Olympus TG-1 stands out: it's based on the company's amazing point-and-shoot XZ-1, only it's toughened up for the great outdoors.