jun­gle brother

Australian T3 - - TECH LIFE -

Want to make like Indy and go idol pil­lag­ing across the world? Get the right trekking kit, gad­getry and ex­pert know-how to make it out alive

1/ Salomon Quest 4D GTX

Jun­gle trekking is de­mand­ing, so you need a sturdy shoe that won’t weigh you down in the heat. The Quest GTX uses the same 4D chas­sis as Salomon’s trail run­ning shoes, mak­ing them ideal for flee­ing preda­tors. Gore-tex pro­vides breatha­bil­ity and a solid rub­ber toe­cap keeps your toes safe from fall­ing branches and bit­ing crawlies. $230, salomon.com/au

2/ Leather­man Juice XE6

Rule one in the ex­plor­ers’ hand­book: be pre­pared for any­thing. This pocket knife is ready for most even­tu­al­i­ties, pack­ing 18 dif­fer­ent tools in­clud­ing knives, saws, wire cut­ters and even a can and bot­tle opener. You never know what you might need in the wild, but any­thing this blade can’t quite han­dle you can prob­a­bly sort with the next one. $150, leather­man.com.au

3/ Ger­ber Sur­vival Se­ries Parang Ma­chete

The only thing likely to stand in your way when you’re bran­dish­ing this baby is air­port se­cu­rity. Get it into the wild and its beau­ti­fully shaped and bal­anced blade, light as a feather and sharp as a ra­zor, will cut through dense jun­gle growth like daisies in a field. $70, wildearth.com.au

4/ Berghaus Vapourlight Hy­per Smock

No need to check the weather fore­cast – in the words of Frank Dre­bin, it’s go­ing to be aw­fully hot and aw­fully wet – and in those con­di­tions you re­quire the light­est anorak in the world. Berghaus’s wa­ter­proof fab­ric is breath­able, so you’ll stay rel­a­tively dry in tor­ren­tial storms but won’t end up slicked in your own sweat. Ex­tra bonus: it packs down to the size of an or­ange, tak­ing up next to no space in your pack. $180, berghaus.com

5/ Garmin GPSMap 62s

Good luck get­ting a GPS sig­nal un­der the jun­gle canopy, un­less you’re pack­ing a pro tool like this Garmin, with its quad-helix an­tenna that can pin­point your lo­ca­tion even un­der dense tree cover. A three-axis com­pass, baro­met­ric al­time­ter and topo­graph­i­cal maps are on­board, plus a five-meg cam. $499, garmin.com

6/ Olym­pus TG-3

The lat­est hard man in the Ja­panese firm’s tough cam­era range is prac­ti­cally made for the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions of a rain­for­est shoot. The 25-100mm wide-an­gle lens can cap­ture the full majesty of your sur­round­ings, while shock, crush and wa­ter re­sis­tance will en­sure your snaps sur­vive. $499, olym­pus.com.au

7/ Aqua­pac Wet & Dry Back­pack 35L

From the con­stant threat of down­pours to the ne­ces­sity of wad­ing through rivers, it’s tough to keep all your kit dry. So stash it in­side the Aqua­pac so its quick-dry­ing mesh outer, fully wa­ter­proof in­ner pocket, polyurethane coat­ing and taped seams can oblige. US$98, ama­zon.com

8/ Blue Ridge Camp­ing Ham­mock

Trust us, you do not want to sleep on the rain­for­est floor at night, when it be­comes a seething car­pet of creepy crawlies. Bet­ter to keep yourself above it all by sleep­ing in a ham­mock; this one has a built-in mos­quito net and weighs just four pounds. Sweet dreams. US$170, law­son­ham­mocks.com

9/ Luminox Ata­cama Field Day 1920 Se­ries

With the rain­for­est’s canopy block­ing out day­light, you’ll be glad of the mi­cro­gas night-vi­sion tubes sur­round­ing this watch’s dial. They’ll keep glow­ing for 25 years, by the way, and the stain­less steel case and sap­phire glass face will keep it un­scathed for just as long. $590, luminox.com

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