Joshua Holko's Antarctica Recap

Joshua Holko, who was on the Antarctica voyage with Andy Biggs last month, recently wrote about his experience and shared his thoughts about Gura Gear.


On the Way to the End of the World

From Joshua Holko’s blog:

In many ways this was the Gura Gear trip to Antarctica. I would estimate somewhere around 40-50% of all the photographers on this trip were sporting at least one Gura Gear Kiboko camera bag. And who can blame them? There is no such thing as the perfect camera bag for all occasions; but it was universally agreed amongst all those photographers I spoke with that the Gura Gear Kiboko is the best camera bag on the market and as close to perfection as possible. I am utterly convinced that the Kiboko is the number one camera bag on the market and it was great to be able to spend some time with Gura Gears founder and chief designer Andy Biggs to relay my experience with the Gura Gear product. One of the added side benefits of the Kiboko is that it has very much become the photographers ‘introduction tool’. With so many photographers choosing the Kiboko it has become a symbol for the travelling photographer and both my friend Martyn and I had conversations with several others at airports who recognised us as fellow photographers due to our Gura Gear bags. All good fun and a really great way to meet other photographers.

Gura Gear Founder Andy Biggs - Looking very ‘North Face’

This was the maiden voyage for the Gura Gear Chobe for me. If you read my pre-flight review HERE then you are already well aware that I had high hopes for this bag based on my initial impressions and thoughts on how I planned to use it. I am very pleased to report that the Chobe lived up to my expectations throughout the trip. In fact, the Chobe has convinced me that it really can serve as both an overnight bag and as a dedicated camera bag depending on your specific needs at the time. Given its ability to also carry a laptop, card readers, back up hard drives and other accessories it really can meet just about any demand. Whilst I wouldn’t do any serious  hiking with the Chobe (and it was never designed for this purpose) I would quite happily sling it over my shoulder and carry it in the field for an extended period. Quite a few other members of the trip were also sporting Chobe’s in addition to their Kiboko’s for additional camera gear, laptops and accessories – Gura Gear are definitely on a winner.

Penguin trying to nick my Kiboko

To read the rest of Joshua’s experience check out his blog HERE.

Gura Gear Goes to Antarctica

Gura Gear products were well represented on a journey to Antarctica, which was lead by our founder Andy Biggs, as well as Seth Resnick, John Paul Caponigro, Eric Meola and Arthur Meyerson. Out of 73 travelers on the privately chartered vessel, the M.V. Ocean Nova, there were roughly 25 Gura Gear bags on board. Not a bad stat! Our Kiboko 30L, 22L+, as well as Chobe shoulder bags all in the mix.

Iceberg, Penguins and Snow

From Andy Biggs’ blog:

How the Gura Gear bags were used
There are different shooting scenarios when visiting Antarctica: shooting from the main ship’s outside decks, shooting from zodiacs as well as shooting on land itself. All of these scenarios require different approaches to carrying camera gear. Let’s break down each scenario.
Shooting from the decks of the boat is easy from an equipment carrying standpoint, and the easiest method is to just walk around with 1 or 2 cameras around your neck, with lenses ranging from 16mm all the way to 300mm. Typical scenes include large landscapes, far away icebergs, close-up icebergs, birds as well as seals and whales.
Shooting from zodiacs is usually before or after a landing on to dry land, which means most people will want to bring a larger assortment of gear on board. Most of our Gura Gear users were using their Kiboko 30L and 22L+ bags to transport their gear onto the zodiacs, and then would put a camera or two around their necks for whatever they were ready to shoot from the moving boat. Some, if not most, of the people would use small dry bags to manage the slight water spray or snowfall in between shooting scenarios. The Kiboko bags held extra gear, from longer lenses (for wildlife when on land) to tripods, accessories, lens wipes and foul weather clothing.
Shooting on land involved moving Kiboko bags from the zodiacs onto dry land, and bags were simply handed off to the expedition staff who were already standing on shore. Voila. Most of our landings had excellent landscape and wildlife opportunities within feet of getting onto land. Most landings offered amazing hikes, ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour. We hiked with our Kiboko bags on our backs and with cameras around our necks
Antarctica is one of the most beautiful photographic destinations, and all of the Gura Gear bags on board worked like a charm for all of those who brought them. My goal is to make sure there is 100% adoption on any future voyages. :-)

FAQ: Do Kiboko Bags Allow For Tripods?

A frequently asked question around Gura Gear central is whether or not our Kiboko line of bags can carry tripods. The short and easy answer is a resounding YES. In the images below you will notice that we have a Really Right Stuff Versa TVC-24L attached to the side of each bag. Keep in mind that the tripod is the ‘L’ version, which means that it is longer than their standard model.

On each Kiboko bag we recommend putting 1 or 2 of the legs down into the stretch pocket at the bottom and side of the bag. Then use the strap with attached clasp to secure the middle/top of the tripod.

Happy shooting!

Gura Gear Kiboko 30L bag with RRS TVC-24L tripod

Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ bag with RRS TVC-24L tripod