The Wandering Trio: Garmin VIRB Review



Three recent college graduates set out on a life-changing adventure to Peru. One of the adventurers, Pyper Dixon, recounts the exciting journey and gives us an honest review on the Garmin VIRB XE.

I recently came back from 4 months of climbing, biking and skiing in South America. I used the Garmin VIRB XE to film parts of the trip and it worked exceptionally well for my needs.

Two friends and I began biking over 1,000 miles on busted mountain roads through Peru. We filmed the entire endeavor on twin VIRB cameras. They were easy to use, and did an excellent job of capturing the beautiful, treacherous terrain. The long battery life was essential when shooting video all day.


I had the VIRB mounted on my handlebars for most of the journey. It could be quickly taken off the camera mount, which was important when I wanted to capture video of something that was not directly in front of me. Often I biked ahead of my comrades, popped the camera from the mount, and filmed from hand as they biked past me.

I consider the early portion of my trip, when we were in Peru and Ecuador, important stepping-stones that led to our biggest challenge: Aconcagua. Our Aconcagua expedition included skiing off the summit, which almost the tallest mountain in the western hemisphere. By the time I hiked towards Aconcagua base camp, I had been climbing for 2 ½ months, practicing filming with the VIRB and refining logistics planning of expedition-style climbs.


Aconcagua presented many new challenges for filming. Our primary goal was to climb and ski safely. Any footage I captured could only be done if it would not affect this goal. There would be no stopping to set up shots. Therefore the ease of use of the VIRB provided became essential for capturing compelling footage. Additionally, in the extreme cold, taking off my expedition gloves was not an option. Thanks to the glove-friendly design of the on/off switch, this was never an issue.

It took twelve days to reach the summit and return. During that time, I didn’t have to charge the VIRBs once. Overall the Garmin VIRB XE has served me very well, and I will continue to use it in my future adventures.

Check out Pyper’s trip video below and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use #HaveNoLimits.


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