ON THE MOOVE WITH PHOTOGRAPHER DAVID WOODHEAD

Photographer David Woodhead tells us how the HandiMoova has made light of his outdoor projects

I’m using a HandiMoova to transport large format photography equipment during location shoots. My combined payload is 21kg, for one flightcase (49cm wide x 27cm deep x 41cm high) and a tripod that is 93cm long when collapsed. I attach these using four bungee cords with hooked ends which can grab the tubing pretty much everywhere.

For my test run I tried it over varying terrain to judge how well it can cope and what are the limitations. Hard surfaces are obviously dead easy and I found it stable when dragged, following a straight line without wobbling. My previous small footprint trolley would struggle and rock side to side due to its wheels being narrower than the payload.

HandiMoova’s wheelbase is wider than my case so keeps this in check and doesn’t deviate from its course. I tried getting up and down various steps: small, large, stone, wood. I found if you take care and work slowly then all of these are achievable. The contents of my case includes some delicate mechanisms (eg. lens shutters) so I made sure to control the motion over steps and kerbs, trying not to introduce any big shocks to the equipment. I’m satisfied things went ok.

The only problem came when faced with an enclosed step narrower than HandiMoova. There was no way around that one so I unlashed the gear and carried it and the trolley through the gap individually. Not a flaw in the design, but something to be aware of depending on the environment you encounter.

Off-road terrain I tried included uneven wet grass which was very easily handled. Hardpack bridleways I found are also well suited to the trolley. Happy with those I then challenged it with some boggy mud with deep ruts from motorbike scramblers. It had been raining and everything was very soft with lots of deep puddles. The height of the wheels really helped here as it kept the case lifted above the surface of the water. Wet mud sloshes around the insides of the wheels, their concave shape works excellently to move the muck instantly away and they kept turning throughout. I was very impressed in this regard and it should allow me to access tough locations that might not otherwise be possible with my heavy gear.

While I do prefer to pull the load behind me with one hand I did test pushing it in front of me on the worst ground. This can be effective and I think it’s better for some scenarios. I found pushing to be easier using both hands, with the trolley centrally in front of your body.

My only criticism here is that the foam grip is not wide enough to cushion two hands simultaneously. There would be more handling options if the foam was longer and followed the 90º curves around to the downtubes. Having deliberately navigated some really tough terrain I’m satisfied that the HandiMoova is an excellent trolley for my particular application. I believe it’s reasonably priced for the quality of its materials and very solid construction. I would happily recommend photographers to consider it for field work.

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‘WALKING WHEEL’ PROVIDES HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT!

We are delighted to get the following feedback from Neil:

“Just loving the walking wheel: if only I had been at the design meeting where this amazing invention was first dreamt up! Sometimes the best inventions are the ones where you say, “How simple: why did I not think of that?” and then you go and show all your friends and just revel in the excitement of showing off your new toy! It walks up steps!!!! Brilliant. For me: hours of amusement. For my elderly Mum: easy transport around the garden and for taking the washing to the line (up steps!). Just buy this fantastic product.”

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HANDIMOOVA IS THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR THE NATIONAL TRUST

Assistant ranger Stu Fellows from the National Trust has discovered the magic of the HandiMoova… “I was looking for an off-road kart to transport our survey equipment and guides,” he says. “The HandiMoova was the only thing with specifications to meet my requirement ”

With over 4.5 million members and 62,000 volunteers the remit of the National Trust is to protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. Also responsible for the management and maintenance of forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and the rest, the Trust requires its rangers to work across a variety of different terrains.

With its ‘go anywhere’ capability and robust load bearing frame, the HandiMoova has proven to be the perfect accessory in this environment.

More information about the HandiMoova can be found here.

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HandiMoova Makes its Debut on QVC!

Our innovative HandiMoova has excited a huge audience of people watching QVC this week. Our innovation all terrain trolley was given a comprehensive demonstration by the QVC team on Richard Jackson’s garden slot. The ‘Moova’ responded perfectly to the different test terrains – sand, gravel, grass, stones and steps – set up by the presenters.

Click here to watch the QVC presentation.

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IT’S BANK HOLIDAY – HERE’S ONE FOR THE ROAD!

Are you planning a bank holiday road trip? If so you may be dubious about how you are going to fit all your luggage as well as you passengers into the car. You may even have a small boat or a surf board to carry as well. Easy to use, easy to store and robust enough to carry up to 80kg our HandiRack roof bars will get you out of this predicament. What’s more they pack away nicely once you get to your destination so you’re not left lugging around a heavy roof rack all holiday.


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Grab your HandiRack bundle offer here

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THE HOLIDAY LUGGAGE SOLUTION THAT PAYS FOR ITSELF

We all love the summer holidays however when it comes to a family of 5 or more it’s not just a question of picking the right place, it’s about ensuring that you can get all your luggage to your destination. So begins the car rental dilemma. In my case we are 5 people so typically a minimum of 5 bags! That means the cheap little run-around small car option is out of the question yet we really don’t need that 5 door estate for the week. And apart from the trip from the airport to the hotel we don’t actually need a large car at all! Herald the arrival of the inflatable roof rack!

 

If you didn’t know such a thing existed, let us tell you more. Easy to pack into a suitcase you will soon swear by it. Taking up less space than a pair of shoes this ‘blow-up beauty’ means that you and your tribe (the more the merrier!) can get away with a small rental car and still take everything you need with you. Admittedly the HandiRack costs £65.00 but in less than one holiday we are confident that your kit will already have paid for itself!

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DON’T GET STUCK IN THE MUD AT GLASTONBURY

Once again festival goers are preparing for the inevitable downpours as Glastonbury festival looms. However if you’ve got both waterproofs and wellies at the ready, then a spot of rain is hardly going to spoil the fun is it? Less fun is the arduous task of dragging your gear across the mud baths on a cheap trolley with wonky wheels! So with the above in mind we set out to design the perfect festival trolley that we are sure you will use time and time again – not just for festivals but for gardening, fishing, camping and the rest.

Click here to see what we came up with.

To celebrate festioval season we are offering customers a promotional price of just £70 on the HandiMoova (RRP £100) – simply quote HWQ at checkout.

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YOUR ESSENTIAL FESTIVAL PACKING LIST

Festival season is upon us so here’s a handy checklist to ensure you pack your essentials! Even if you have managed to keep to the bare minimum somehow you are going to have to carry your clobber across uneven terrain and the inevitable muddy fields!

With its clever Camba wheel technology the HandiMoova is perfect for the job. Hemispherical wheels an floating axles mean that the trolley will adapt its footprint to different terrains, ensuring that your worldy goods stay secure and aren’t strewn behind you as you make your way to your camping spot! Team the Moova with a HandiDuffel bag to keep your gear watertight.

Click here for your essential festival packing list.

Grab your handiMoova bundle deal here.

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