Traveler's Gear Box

Traveler's Gear Box: The Ally Canoe, A Packable Option For Paddlers

Nimble and responsive, the Ally was firm, if not entirely rigid, as we paddled into the swells on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. This Norwegian curiosity was no slouch on the lake, and even handier on the Lewis River Channel.

Traveler's Gear Box: Kokatat's Maximus Prime PFD

If you're going to play in the water -- rivers, lakes, and oceans -- you're going to need a PFD, aka life preserver. Now, how hefty of a preserver, well, that's another matter.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Atlas 8 From Precision Travel Werx

In these days of high gasoline prices and smaller vehicles, sometimes getting all your gear to the trailhead can be a chore and require creativity. Fortunately, for those of us who struggle with cramming all our gear and luggage into our rigs, there's the Atlas 8 from Precision Travel Werx.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hitting The Trail With Lowepro's Rover Pro 45L

Lowepro camera backpacks are my gateway to freedom and getting off of the busy roads of Yellowstone, into the backcountry.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Odin Collection From Helly Hansen

In Norse mythology, "Odin" was considered to be the father of all gods. In Helly Hansen technology circles, "Odin" is attached to a line of outerwear that is suitable for just about all situations, from mountains down to the coastlines.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro Introducing New Packs To Keep Your Cameras Dry

Lowepro, which has a long history of making camera bags, just came out with a few more that are designed especially to keep your gear dry in the wettest conditions.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro SlingshotTM 202 AW Camera Pack

When I first heard about Lowepro’s sling-type camera backpack, I rolled my eyes. Yeah, I’m so sure carrying that thing around would feel good. I’m used to hefting my gear in backpacks with regular shoulder straps… which have a habit of slipping off my small rounded shoulders.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Antares Sleeping Bag From Therm-A-Rest

Once upon a time, Therm-A-Rest was known strictly for making sleeping pads to go under your sleeping bag while out camping. Since then however, the company's product-line has evolved into pillows, seating, cuts, pillows and more for your backcountry or front-country camping comfort.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' Cloud Layering System

When you go out and buy a tent, no matter the manufacturer, it typically comes with an integrated rainfly, and you often can also pick up a ground cloth to match the tent's footprint. So why not consider an integrated layering system when shopping for outerwear?

Traveler's Gear Box: Platypus's Sprinter X.T. Hydration Packs

With summer quickly approaching and the temperatures already soaring in some parts of the country, there’s a new series of hydration packs on the market for you to consider for your national park adventures.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hilleberg's Anjan 2 GT

One of the lightest tents in its category, the Anjan 2 GT from Hilleberg offers backpackers a sturdy, three-season domicile with nice convertibility and space to bring your gear in out of the elements.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lock Laces

"Lock Laces" make lacing up your shoes a quick process.

Traveler's Gear Box: Alite Continues The Evolution Of The Backwoods Chair

Even chairs are subject to evolution, as Alite Designs so ably demonstrates with its Mayfly chair, a chair so light you could backpack with it, though it's likely more at home in your canoe or kayak.

Traveler's Gear Box: Danner's NoBo Mid Boot

Sandstone trails, soft sand, and compacted sand all seemed the perfect test for Danner's Nobo Mid, a sturdy mid-weight boot the company's designers came up with to handle both light and mid-distance hikes.

Traveler's Gear Box: A Cot For The Night From Therm-A-Rest

Finding a comfortable position sleeping on the ground can be challenging, what with rocks, roots, and the general lack of a perfectly flat piece of turf. For those conditions, you might want to consider adding a cot to your gear bag.

Traveler's Gear Box: Carhartt's Huron Jacket

Carhartt is a brand best known around ranches and job sites where grit and sweat mix freely. But lately the company that got its start in 1889 crafting work cloths for railroad workers has been reaching out to outdoor enthusiasts in general.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Design's Mirage 2 Tent

Basecamping, whether you do it in front-country national park campgrounds, or along a dirt road somewhere in the farflung realm of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, calls for, well, a good basecamp, and that's what the Sierra Designs Mirage 2 tent provides.

Traveler's Gear Box: Tubbs Wilderness Snowshoes

It must be tough to be a snowshoe manufacturer. Since most recreational shoes moved away from wooden frames to aluminum ones, their lifespan went up incredibly. But that doesn't mean it might not be time for you to upgrade to one of the latest models.

Traveler's Gear Box: CamelBak's Octane 22 LR Multisport Daypack

More and more outdoor gear companies are trying to cover more and more bases these days, moving beyond their core product in a bid to grab a larger share of the market.

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Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Ozone 22 Ultra Light

Traveling light when it comes to needing a jet-liner to get around isn't just nice these days, it's strategic. And Osprey is working to make it easier for you to do that. Planning a weekend getaway? Then the company's line of Ozone Ultra-Light luggage is something to consider.

Traveler's Gear Box: Solite 250 From Light & Motion

Headlamps are invaluable, whether you're deep in the backcountry, cross-country skiing, or even at home when you need a focused beam and your hands free. The folks at Light & Motion have come out with a blinding lamp to light up the darkest spots, one with an output of 250 lumens.

Traveler's Gear Box: Whispbar, A Stream-Lined Rack System For Your High-End Rig

Call it a sleek, low-profile rack system for your high-end rig. After all, do you really want to put a large, black rack atop your gleaming BMW or Mercedes? If not, Whispbar is something to consider.

Traveler's Gear Box: Snow Peak's "Hozuki" Candle Lanterns

The Hozuki Candle Lantern
Snow Peak's "Hozuki" candle lantern is pretty cool and casts a lot of light, but it's a bit bulky for backpacking. But it's younger siblings, the "minis," solve that problem.

Traveler's Gear Box: DryDudz

River trips inherently involve getting wet. And then getting dry, and getting wet again. Throughout the day. So what you wear is critical to your comfort level throughout the day. And that's where DRYDudz come into play.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Atmos 65 Backpack

Traveling light in the backcountry is quite subjective. Gear that is a necessity to one person, is superfluous to another. A heavy pack to one person is light to another. That, no doubt, is why not all backpacks are created equal.

Traveler's Gear Box: Primus Firehole 300 Cookstove

Right out of the box, the Firehole 320 cookstove from Primus looks pretty impressive: It has a handy handle, is shiny silver on top, bright red on the bottom, and conceals a flexible fuel line in its base.

Traveler's Gear Box: Swedish Fireknife Produces Striking Results

Outwardly, it looks like just another sheath knife. But the folks at Light My Fire have come up with a unique tool: A knife that doubles as a fire starter!

Traveler's Gear Box: Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir XTherm Coming To Market

After considerable production delays, Therm-a-Rest is poised to bring its NeoAir XTherm to market on July 1, according to the company's public relations folks.

Traveler's Gear Box: KEEN Borrows A National Park Name For A Great Day Hiker

KEEN looked to the lofty national parks of Utah when it needed a name for one of its latest entries into the day hiker market, and came up with the Bryce, a stout light hiker with an interesting sole.
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