Traveler's Gear Box
Designer watches are nice, but in the backcountry you want a sturdy timepiece that simply tells you the time. Flashiness isn’t the point, which makes the “clip watches” from Dakota Watch Co., dare we say, timely?
"A vest with covered shoulders?" my wife asked when I tried on the DriDown Better Vest from Sierra Designs.
While you might have a quiver of skis to handle conditions that vary from deep powder to hard pack, or a lake canoe along with a kayak or down-river canoe, there's no need to have a closet full of jackets for varying weather conditions. One shell jacket that can withstand a variety of conditions will let you maximize your gear investments across the board.
The many snowshoe companies on the market, with so many models of shoes, give you plenty of options to consider when you are looking for a good pair.
Cotopaxi's Inca 26L is a spacious backpack that hauls what you need, and provides a bonus by helping support youth in developing countries.
Why is an outdoor equipment manufacturer tutoring kids in Tanzania, and donating part of their profits around the world? It's just another day for Davis Smith, the founder of Cotopaxi. Smith spent his childhood growing up in Latin America with his father, often camping on Ecuador's Mount Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, and the origins of his company name.
When hauling a 40-foot-long RV through traffic, you can easily lose sight of the traveler's mantra: “It's the journey not the destination.” During those stressful drives when adventure takes a back seat to practicality, that's when a GPS like the new Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB really shines.
Staying cool in the national parks this summer isn’t difficult, and it can even be stylish with what’s out on the market.
Backpacks are getting smaller, both out of recognition that aging Baby Boomers don’t have the backs to carry all they once did, and that Millennials wouldn’t think of carrying what their parents once did.
Evolution isn’t unheard of when it comes to backpacking gear, and Sierra Designs and Therm-A-Rest have products that are proof of that when it comes to keeping you warm in your tent.
Let’s face it, backpacking tents are cut small, almost ensuring a packed sardine feeling for their occupants. While it’s nice to snuggle up with your significant other, sometimes that generates way too much heat, and shifting positions can wake your partner.
It's always nice to look inside a shoe box and see a nicely put together pair of shoes, in this case, the H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker made by Sperry Top-Sider. My old, ratty water shoes had finally rotted away on my feet, and I needed something new, something that works and plays as hard as I do, a shoe that lasts, and something that will follow my feet around, in and out of the water.
Trying to find that ideal day pack in which to store your camera as well as snacks, water, jacket and guidebook? Rebecca Latson thinks she may have found such a pack with the Rotation 180° Panorama by Mindshift Gear.
As a professional photographer I've used a lot of equipment over four decades and recently had a chance to try out the new Vivitar Sports Camera (DVR787HD).
Merino wool is one of the best fabrics for both backcountry travel and everyday use. It's warm, even when wet, naturally anti-microbial, and wicks moisture from your body. Those are some of the factors that make Cocoon's merino TravelSheet such a great piece to have in your gear box.
If my feet could talk, I'm sure they were wondering where the Halloween party was. That's the kind of thought that jumps into your mind when you don a pair of KEEN's Marshall Mid WP's in their raven/spicy orange colors.
Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.
Lowepro's Nova Sport 35L has some nice qualities to it...but it also has some flaws that need to be corrected.