|The MAPsport SHOP
5 Atahu Grove, Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand
Phone (04) 566 2645
(updated 12 May 18)
From the simple necessity ($2 whistle) to the high-tech (E-card for electronic punching) to the
completely frivolous (mini control flag). See the "Vision" section - magnifiers and headlamps. And at the bottom, mapholders for mountain bikes.
Good quality Pre-Owned Equipment sold on commission.
Slightly marked demonstration products often available. Check out
the current "Bargain Bin"!
- Mini control flag, 6cm high. Hang from mirror or backpack to
be identified as an orienteer. Price further reduced to $7.
- Silva Map Wheel, measures distance on a map: how far did you
REALLY go?? Handy tool for course planner or rogaine
participant. $42 .
ELECTRONIC CARDS AND DESCRIPTION HOLDERS
- Sport-Ident E-cards look similar, but hear what's under the skin.
- Version 8, beeps 3X faster than the original, stores 30 controls, price $60. This is fine for most courses/people but sprints/M21E tend to have lots.
- Version 9, 3X speed, stores 50 controls, $80. (Note there are some very early control stations that these won't work in, but organisers who use them need to provide alternatives. The work-anywhere cards are no longer made. It's called "progress".)
- SI Active Card. Holds 128, but get this: when the SI stations are suitably enabled, it registers within half a metre! No more fumbling for the hole! Fly by at 100mph. Or on your bike without stopping. Can be used with "ordinary" SI stations in the usual way. Has a battery, at present replacement requires sending back to the manufacturer, but when flat it still works by putting in the hole. $135.
BEFORE BUYING, ASK YOUR CLUB HOW OFTEN YOU CAN USE AIR PUNCHING - IT CHEWS UP THE BATTERIES OF THE STATIONS!
- Trade-ins: we'll give you $30 for a saleable Sport-Ident version 5 card, we put new straps on and sell them at just $35. But if you're hoping to buy, these are not often available:-((
- Security wrist line (elastic) for your SI card. Insure against dropping it, especially on the bike. $3.
- Hard-Shell Compass case. A zip-up case to hold your Moscow or Silva thumb compass. Snug fit but it has two pouches inside, could also store your whistle and Sport Ident card. Any colour so long as it's black. Price trimmed to $13.
- Vapro Control-description holders: choose from two types and two sizes. You need to consider how many controls you may have; calcs below are based on 7mm lines, the rules say 5-7mm so this is conservative. Price is $20.
- The Combi goes along the arm and attaches with two elastic straps with buckles. Can be adjusted to any sized arm.
Small 140mm 17 controls; Large 190mm 24 controls.
- The Tube slides onto your arm with an elastic sleeve. You need an "average" hand and fore-arm size
Small 140mm 17 controls; Large 170mm 21 controls
- Whistle, sensible safety precaution, sometimes a
requirement at events; $2. Or with coloured cord to hang round your neck $4.
- Leuko Strapping Tape, 13.7m X 38mm wide, replaces former
brand not up to orienteering demands. This is the special
"patella" tape, sticks to your skin through bog, bush, and even your shower; while stocks last, $18.
- USL Strapping Tape, 13.7 X 38mm wide, what a coincidence. Replacement for the above, testing on myself now. (We don't use animals for testing.) So its an unknown for our needs, but cheaper: $10 per roll.
Silva Magnifier, attaches to the Norcompass, 6Jet or
Spectra thumb compass, pivoted to swing out of the way when you need to see "the
big picture". Ahhh Mr Silva doesn't think you need this any more and has stopped making it. We have one only for a RIGHT hand compass. We were always been embarassed about the price of such an apparently simple item and we're selling at cost, $90. Yes it's ridiculous. Remember its $3 off if you don't use a credit card.
Zoom Magnifier. Something even more ridiculous, there's a DIFFERENT magnifier attachment to fit the new Silva Race compass. If we ignore the shipping, and take no markup, the price is around $100 depending on the exchange rate. Nuff said.
- Moscow Magnifier, now this is much more reasonable. Attaches to the Moscow thumb compass with a screw. Symmetrical, there's no need for a LH or RH version. Brexit exchange rate enables us to drop the price to $30!! (There used to be a slightly larger glass one for $60, which we are hoping will come back into production.)
Vapro Look-over magnifying glasses. Range of strengths from 1.0 to 4.0 to suit individual differences, in spectacle case, $36. Low profile lets moist air escape from your face, prevents fogging. Plus easily see over the top for distance vision. Thin elastic string keeps them on while running, but we also sell a neoprene retainer band for $5.
Vapro Look-though magnifying glasses. These are bi-focals, with the magnifying bit in the bottom of the full-size lens so you get eye protection as well. What's more you can replace the lenses if your eyes change! $69 new model includes hard case, extra head strap and spare tinted lenses. Replacement lenses for discontinued model $20 pair while stocks last.
- Headband. Comfortable, absorbent,
keeps the sweat from your eyes. White "Silva" (when available) $10; black or white "OL-Tech" or "Inov8" $8; black or white half-width band with control-flag motif $4. Vavrys sweat-absorbing bandana $15.
- Transparent Visor, keeps the rain off your glasses while giving you maximum light. The Silva product is no longer available, best we can find looks somewhat crude - actually its awful. However its better than rain on your specs. Priced accordingly at just $10.
Miry MTB Mapholder for Mountain-Bike orienteering! Yes you can use an upside-down
icecream container but Miry is the state of the art! Fits on
the handlebars via a bracket and pivot
which allows the map to be orientated. The special circular support
prevents flutter which stops you seeing fine detail on the move. Improved two-screw design, fits in 2 minutes.
Various sizes, price continues to drop due to strong dollar/weak euro: A4 rectangular $130;
most popular size is 275mm square $135; large 300mm square $140;
brackets to fit 32mm handlebars (the usual these days) or 25mm. Measure your bars close to the stem, the bracket arms are 65mm apart. LH pic gives view of whole board; RH pic shows the new improved bracket now available; click pics for bigger view; screws now feed from the top for easier fitting.
HH mapholder. This is a NZ-made home workshop model which attaches to your bars/stem with small bungies (supplied). The rotating top is 280mm square with velcro-held plastic cover. Specify bar diameter. Almost half the price of the imported ones at $75.
- El Cheapo mapholder. Gets the map onto the handlebars while you see if you're going to like orienteering on a bike. Its a just a piece of thick corflute slightly bigger than A4; some big rubber bands; and some re-usable cable ties. Doesn't rotate, may not suit every bike, but only $5!
- Magnetic Thumb for MTB mapholder. Thin steel sheet goes under your map,
extremely powerful magnet which acts as your thumb to indicate your position.
Might not seem a big benefit, but often you only have seconds to glance
at the map, and most of it can disappear focussing on where you are! Specify
board size; price down to $25. Magnet by itself $10.
- Spare Parts for Miry. Bracket only $85. Board only, the difference between the bracket and the full price above. And if the transparent cover gets scratched or torn we can supply a replacement at half the price of the board only. We also have replacement nuts and bolts for when you drop them in the long grass; $5 for the central assembly, $1 for the little ones.
For mail order phone (04) 566 2645, or write to
at 5 Atahu Grove, Lower Hutt 5010. We'll invoice with the goods, and
you can pay by cheque, bank transfer, Visa or Mastercard. Prices shown include