Alpha Sherpa Backpack

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CEO Heather Campbell-Dewar was inspired to design and manufacture the Baby Sherpa line when she couldn’t find a technical diaper back pack to fit the needs of her active parenting.   She created a hybrid baby diaper bag and sport back pack to serve as a solution to all the baby gear parents need to haul around.

The multi-purpose backpacks are ergonomically designed and functional for active moms and dads to use daily and or as they travel.   The newest member of the Baby Sherpa family is the Alpha Sherpa Backpack.

Baby backpacks are gaining popularity, from movie stars to the suburbs, and the latest addition, the Alpha Sherpa Backpack, is state of the art. It has the same features as the original Baby Sherpa Diaper Backpack with the addition of an integrated padded lap top sleeve to carry a 14 inch lap top computer or other delicate mobile device.

Five cool features of the Alpha Sherpa Backpack include:

  • A spacious soft sided cooler to hold lunch and snacks, baby changing matt and insulted baby bottle holder
  • A parent pack which includes abundant storage, loops and carabineers, key/camera leeches and a water bottle holder
  • Padded interior pocket for video camera or other fragile hand held devices
  • 10 pockets for accessories and personal items
  • Padded Laptop back to hold most 14 inch computers


 


This innovative and empathetic company understands the demands of parenting and has designed the award winning backpacks with active parents in mind.  Sherpa’s most versatile backpack, Alpha Sherpa Backpack, will take mom or dad from the grocery store to the ski slopes.  The newest member of the Baby Sherpa family, multipurpose Alpha Sherpa Backpack is now available.  Available online for $109 at www.babysherpa.com.


Gadget: SteadePod Review, a Stabilizer for Cameras

The SteadePod is a small plastic device a little smaller than a pack of cigarettes.  It screws into your tripod mount, from the bottom of the unit comes a thin flexible steel cable with a plastic tab about 2.5 inches long.  After you have extended the cable,  stepped on the tab at the end of the cable with your foot, and locked the cable feed mechanism, you pull up slightly on the camera and the power of this little device is revealed.

SteadePod Camera Stabilizer

Just a small amount of upward pressure does miracles for camera stability.  I've tried it on a Canon G11 compact and a D200 with excellent results.  I've also connected the SteadePod to the tripod socket on a 70-200mm Nikon 2.8 VR zoom with some success.  When your done you retract the cable into the unit and move to your next shot.

The key feature of the SteadePod is it's size and that it can ride along in your camera bag or vest pocket, when taking a tripod or mono-pod might be impossible.  Not just because you might not want to carry the weight many locations won't allow you to setup a tripod.

Below is a photo taken inside St. Peters Basilica in Rome Italy.  The photo was taken at ISO 400, f2.8, 1/13 of a second with a Canon G11.  I could have increased the ISO sensitivity and stepped up the shutter-speed, but that would have added noise to the photo.  With the SteadePod attached I was able to handhold this shot with no problem.

St Peters Rome Italy - shot using a SteadePod


Below is an area enlargement with some software based image enhancement.  As you can see the image is very good for hand held at 1/13 of a second.


Below is an image taken of me taking the above photo with the SteadePod attached.  Image taken with a Nikon point and shoot with flash.

Using the SteadePod Camera Stabilizer in St Peters, Rome Italy


I like the SteadePod.  More details at the Steadepod.com site and here is a link to a YouTube video.  But another another home-grown option can be considered. In this article you can read about making it yourself using an eye bolt and some rope.

The folks at SteadePod sent me the unit I've been using at no charge.  Below you can buy the SteadePod, or an impressive Canon G11 like mine.  You support this site by using the Amazon.com ad/link below. Thanks, Bruce.

   

Travel Gadget Review: Driving Gloves from Bionic Gloves

Driving Gloves from Bionic Gloves

Six months ago Bionic Gloves sent me a pair of their driving gloves to review and write about.  Bionic's parent company is famous for making the world famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat and ball gloves.  I never thought I needed driving gloves for my travels but I'm surprised how much I have used them. 

They came in really handy driving in snow and heavy fog in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead California.  During a long trip across the desert to Las Vegas Nevada.  I also used these driving gloves for several other extended drives.

I'm not sure what the effect is, but they feel really good.  Better than just wearing a pair of standard gloves.  As you can see in the photo the palm and fingers are not just flat pieces of leather.  Bionic Gloves calls these "anatomical relief pads" that help reduce hand fatigue and improve comfort.  And I agree that they do help a lot.  These gloves also protect your hands from sun exposure and provide an increased grip on the wheel.

You can find more information on the Bionic Gloves website www.BionicGloves.com .  A good video on the site describes the technology behind these gloves.  They are also known for their golf gloves.