How Kinesis Started
In 1995, I was working as a self-employed commercial photographer in Denver. I purchased a heavy, portable & heavy, battery-powered 200 watt-second Lumedyne flash system. I made this purchase to shoot on-camera flash jobs with both my medium format Hassleblad and 35mm film Canon cameras. However, the flash came with a goofy, bright red and white shoulder strap with no provision to wear it on my waist. Using this shoulder strap was hopeless. Every time I leaned over or turned quickly it swung about, smacking whatever was in its path.
Today, carpenters and others working in the construction trades (concrete, framer, dry wall, finish carpenter etc.) rely on a belt system. The United States military also has it’s ALICE modular belt and harness system, however, in 1995, there were no modular belt systems for photographers.
Based on this need, I sewed a crude unpadded waist belt from Cordura® nylon and a pouch for my Lumedyne power pack. I added a few additional pouches for film, a lens and a Hassy film magazine. Sewing has been a hobby of mine for years. I had previously designed and made my own backpacks using my Viking home machine. Being a 6'-4" avid mountaineer, many of the internal-frame mountaineering packs available in the 80's were one-size-fits-all and not suitable for my tall torso.
In the spring of 1996, we introduced our first products under the Kinesis label and have added many other photographic bags & belts since then.
The word kinesis is from the Greek and means motion. Our product line is designed for people in motion and on the move — outdoor, wedding, editorial and sports photographers, photojournalists and cameramen on the run and on location.
How eoGEAR Started
I have always enjoyed human powered endurance sports such as backpacking, ski mountaineering (skimo), cycling, hiking and trail running. In 2010 we introduced a top tube bicycle bag under the Kinesis label. Later in 2011 we expanding our line of bags for bicycles through the introduction of our lightweight saddlebag system. In 2012 we rebranded them under the eoGEAR label, while expanding that line of bags. (The letters “e-o” mean endurance outdoor).
“My Rec” or “Richard’s Recommendation” means my personal recommendation. As a seasoned wilderness traveler, former ultrarunner, commercial photographer, and recently, a long distance cyclist, I have personally studied and/or tested most of the equipment listed on this site.
Owner of Kinesis Photo Gear and eoGEAR
Tel 1-888-716-5550 (US only) or 435-462-2266
11874 E 18500 N
Mount Pleasant UT 84647