The day started a bit early than the previous few Saturdays. An early morning ride took me to Manfo Mist resort near Bannerugatta where I was one of the 100+ bloggers to be there to experience #FlipkartOutdoors. When I got to know about the #FlipkartOutdoors IndiBlogger Meet by Shrinidhi, I was grinning like a kid who got hold of a bowl of candies. If you ever have a glance at my wishlist, the top of the list goes like this – a GPS watch for my running & cycling, an action camera to capture all my antiques during cycling & trekking and a wireless bluetooth headphone to keep me company during my long distance running. The list goes on with more and more items that are linked to outdoor activities. After ogling for ages at these products on online portals many times, it was a perfect chance to try them out and experience these products.
Post breakfast arranged at the resort, all the bloggers were divided into 7 groups, so that it will be easy for us to visit each of the stalls to have a glimpse of the products that were on display & experience them. The brands present that day were Garmin, Sony Action Cam, Samsung, Altec Lansing, Polaroid Cube, Coleman and Red Chief shoes. As a team we moved from one stall to another, experiencing the products. Our first stop was at Coleman camping and outdoor gears. A wide range of products were on display – tents, coolers, folding chairs, compass, hydration bottles and many more. I made a mental note to place an order for a set of stretch cords or the bungee cords – that come in handy to pack my bag during my cycling adventures. And guess what? I won the same product as part of one of the team activity.
Next stop was at Altec Lansing – while everyone was busy with checking the waterproof speakers, I found one of those in my wish list – the Bluetooth Active Earbuds Headphones. I tried them on, they fit in very nicely and didn’t come out even after jumping up & down & swaying my head wildly. Unfortunately I couldn’t test the sound quality as the earbuds were not charged. From the speakers we moved to Red Chief shoes. We had a wide range of all-purpose shoes in front of us. A quick demo of the shoes, we moved to Sony stall. Since one product per team was handed over to try out for the next half day – I volunteered to try the Sony Action Cam with a head-mount. I did manage to perform a crash test of the Sony Action Cam during the artificial wall climbing. It fell down from a height of about 15 feet & successfully cleared the crash test with flying colours.
Our next pit stop was at Polaroid Cube – a small & cute action camera. This one is a mini cube sized camera with very limited controls. Checkout Shrinidhi’s comparison & review of the Action Cameras. I spent a relatively short time at the Samsung Gear stall as I’m not that fan of smart watches. But to compensate that I spent quite a lot of time with the Garmin GPS watches. Most of those time was again spent with a Forerunner 920XT and a Fenix 3 in each hand – kind of making up my mind on which one to buy. After the demos, we explored the resort to complete the assigned activities – Water Zorbing, Artificial wall climb (I did win Flipkart gift voucher for successfully climbing the wall, Yay!), Zip line, Land Zorbing, Rope ladder climb and more. Post lunch, we were regrouped into smaller teams for a game of Paint Ball. It was a day well spent with wonderful people & bloggers around.