When we went looking for a freight company to relocate 200kgs of scooter to Alaska, we wish we’d inquired with Mainstream first. When everyone else said ‘no’, ‘what?’ or ‘you’ll need to fill this out’, Mainstream just said yes. Need something moved somewhere? They’ll take care of it. www.mainstream.co.nz
The GoPro HD Hero is one of our favourite pieces of kit. It’s a shockproof, waterproof (6om), high definition video camera that weighs less than a packet of Meal Mates and is small enough to be worn or mounted virtually anywhere without it getting in the way of your awesomeness. Along with taking 5 megapixel stills, this camera will let us capture our carnage in 1920 x 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, and it will do it for about 2 and a half hours before needing a charge. You can find out more about GoPro’s products at www.gopro.com and be sure to check our video page where we’ll be uploading some footage soon.
Cactus Equipment Ltd are renowned for making some ridiculously grunty clothing, and they make it right here in New Zealand. We were looking for a pair of “do-everything” pants, pants that would keep us dry while riding, and would stay in tact through the 30,000km of riding ahead of us. The HD Dreadnought is the kind of pant that will make all your others feel a bit inadequate. Made from 12oz C-Canvas they will almost remain standing upright when you take your legs out of them. They’ve been thrashed by people much crazier than ourselves, in hostile and unforgiving environments like Antarctica, and have maintained their reputation for being functional, affordable and above all else, durable. We’ll be trying our best to do some harm to the mighty Dreadnought but in all honesty, there’s probably more likelihood that our pants will be wearing through our bikes, rather than the other way around. You can check out more of the Dreadnought’s features and the rest of the Cactus range at www.cactusequipment.co.nz.
Kata Bags specialize in camera bags and equipment. Given the ridiculous amount of camera gear we decided to haul along with us, it made sense for us to go with a bag that would not only fit it all, but keep it organized and protected throughout our journey. The Kata Bumblebee PL-220 looked like the perfect bag for our requirements. Not only is it large and clearly well built, but the internal dividers are all removable which allows us to customize each bag for the different gear we will both be carrying. We had a lot of trouble finding a bag with enough depth to fit a DSLR camera that was pre-rigged for videography, but with a few quick adjustments the PL-220 accommodated it easily. This will allow us to keep our DSLR stowed but rigged up and ready to go, an essential requirement for the type of filming we will be doing. The PL-220 also has a reversible protective cover for both rain and shine, and handy tripod carrying options. Check out http://www.kata-bags.us/ for more info on the PL-220 and other bags in the Kata range. Their online bag selector tool makes it easy to find what you need, and each product is described in detail with plenty of photos so you can see exactly what you are getting. We’ve found the PL-220 to be perfect for overhead storage bins, we’ll let you guys know how it copes with the rest of the ridiculousness we’ll be throwing at it.
Maija Pearlman at Pixink Website Support was tremendously helpful in getting our website off the ground. If any of you guys have tried to make your own .com without having a clue about what you are doing, you’ll know that the word “frustrating” is a little inadequate. Maija came to our aid, not only providing help with the technical side of website management but also with knowledge and ideas about how would could maximize our site’s potential. You can find out more about Pixink Website Support and their services at http://www.pixink.net
Sophie Reinholt is a Wellington based photographer who helped produce the page menus at the top of our website. We are very grateful for her help and wish her the best for her business. You can contact Sophie and check out more of her work via her Facebook page –> http://www.facebook.com/SophiReinholtPhotography
Classic Sheepskins are a Napier based tannery that produce a wide range of lamb, sheepskin and hair on hide products. They were kind enough to donate 2 sheepskins for us to use as seat covers on our scooters, and as another layer of bedding to keep us a little further separated from the Arctic tundra. They’ve been in the business since 1969, they know what they are talking about and they are happy to ship their products virtually anywhere in the world. Check them out at http://www.classicsheepskins.co.nz/
A big thanks to Silver Fern Farms for getting on board and supporting us. We love the fact that you not only supply amazing meat, but that you add those helpful extras… like notes on how to cook it! Grab a Silver Fern Farms’ pack from your local supermarket for your next barbie… and make sure to send us an invite