Life is about partnerships, not only with the one you love and your kids and mates, but also with brands that kick ass. I’ve found, through trial and error, that loyalty trumps image any time of the day, and the brands that I’ve been fortunate enough to associate myself with have been the ones that stuck with me through thick and thin. Quality is obviously a key element in any brand, but so is service, back-up and - most important to me, integrity and humanity - Thank you.
3 Legged Thing is a British Tripod company specialising in compact, stable3, modular, multi-functional tripod systems. This small company is working hard to innovate in one of the world’s most competitive industries. In just four years they have become market leaders in tripod innovation. www.outdoorphoto.co.za
Buff® the original multi-functional headwear garment that is super functional, fun and offers superior protection from the cold, wind or sun. It is a versatile article of clothing that can be worn as a scarf, cap, headscarf, headband, mask or ski mask to be used while practising a wide variety of sports with complete confidence and comfort. Buff® is the must have garment for all outdoor enthusiasts. A popular choice among adventure racers, mountain bikers, golfers, tennis players, cyclists, runners, rock climbers, snow boarders, skate boarders, hikers, motorcyclists and just about any other outdoor activist. With more than 200 designs to choose from it appeals to the fashion conscious athlete. www.adventureinc.co.za  
Carl Zeiss is a German manufacturer of optical systems, industrial measurements and medical devices, founded in Jena, Germany in 1846 by optician Carl Zeiss. ZEISS has been contributing to technological progress for more than 160 years – with solutions for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries, biomedical research and medical technology, as well as eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetariums. ZEISS has been represented in South Africa since 1939, and has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Germany since 1974. The South African company headquarters, situated in Randburg, Gauteng, was completed in 1990, and is the home of Industrial Metrology, Medical Technology, Microscopy and Sports Optics. There are also branches in Western Cape and Kwazulu Natal. www.zeiss.co.zaa
The Craft brand was born in 1977 and is known for pioneering technical sports apparel providing fantastic moisture management, sport specific ergonomics, Nordic design and great comfort. The brand is embraced by the world’s best athletes and various national teams in all categories. Craft is raised to race and are developing the best gear for the most passionate sports people. www.royaltysports.co.za
The founders of Giant were craftsmen and engineers. They understood their strengths. So to make cycling more enjoyable and accessible to people around the world, they did what they knew best. They set out to improve the cycling experience by following three guiding principles: craftsmanship, innovation and inspiration. It began with lightweight aluminum frames. Giant’s ability to produce high-quality bikes at an affordable price allowed more riders to experience cycling in a whole new way. Since then, Giant has pioneered advancements in both aluminum and composite engineering. We introduced the first affordable carbon fiber bike, the Cadex 980 C, and transformed high-performance road bikes with our Total Compact Road design. In mountain biking, Giant’s Maestro Suspension established a new level of performance for off-road riding and racing. Over the last four decades, Giant has grown well beyond its manufacturing roots to become the world’s leading brand of quality bicycles and gear. With more than 12,000 retail partners worldwide, we aim to inspire adventure in all riders, from casual to competitive. Giant bikes win world championships. They win design awards, too. But most importantly, they win the hearts of riders who choose to make cycling a part of their lives. We support that choice. We think it makes the world a better place. RIDE LIFE. RIDE GIANT. www.giant-bicycles.com/en-za
Osprey Packs create innovative, versatile and quality packs for an array of activities, ranging from a trip on a plane to a trip up the face of K2. Simply Pack your Passion. Go! It is renowned for its innovative designs and commitment to top-notch manufacturing which shows in every product. Their number one mission is creating innovative high performance gear that reflects their love of adventure and their devotion to the outdoors. Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design bearing the Osprey name has passed through the hands of owner and founder, Mike Pfotenhauer, undergoing relentless scrutiny. From stitching the first lines of custom-fitted packs, to meticulously designing innovative products with intuitive features, to forging personal relationships with the sewing operators who construct the packs, Mike has been the unbreakable thread that makes Osprey a company like no other. www.adventureinc.co.za

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