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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.

Traveler's Gear Box: What Protects Your Foot From Your Boot?

What you put between your foot and your boot when hiking, say, down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, is just as important as the boot you slip your foot into. Which is why I wanted to update you with what's out there on the sock market.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hiking Boots For A Variety Of Needs

What you put on your feet when you're out and about in the national parks goes a long way towards ensuring your comfort. Of your feet, at least. With that in mind, we've put a few pairs of boots through the rigors of walking on trails and pavement and have the following thoughts.

Traveler's Gear Box: Trekking Poles

A set of sticks is a handy thing to have when you're hiking in the National Park System. They take some of the load off your knees, can offer you greater stability, and, in a pinch, can help you pitch your tent. But which set of trekking poles is right for you?

Traveler's Gear Box: Water Vessels, Steel And Otherwise

With warm weather already here in some parts of the Southwest, and with disposable water bottles on their way out from a number of national parks, what's the best way to stay hydrated in the parks?

Traveler's Gear Box: Adventure Medical Kit's SOL Escape Bivvy

None of us ever wants to be caught out in the backcountry in an emergency, but we should nevertheless plan for that scenario by being prepared for the unexpected. And one good piece of gear, along with the usual matches, snacks, compass and mirror, is something to keep you warm and dry in an emergency.

Traveler's Gear Box: Jetboil's Sol Ti Cooking System

A reliable cookstove is an essential piece of gear for campers, and if you're heading into the backcountry, a system compact in size and light in weight is ideal. Jetboil's most recent offering in that category meets those needs.

Traveler's Gear Box: Icebreaker's GT 200 Series Offers Durable Merino Wool Base Layers

Icebreaker's GT 200 base layers offer you a durable, and comfortable, merino wool "second skin" well-suited to backcountry travel, whether for a day or a week.

Traveler's Gear Box: KEEN's Erickson PCT, A Hiking Boot For Long-Distance Trekkers

Soggy meadows and mile-heavy days in Yellowstone National Park were the perfect testing grounds for KEEN's Erickson PCT, a hiking boot best suited for cranking out backcountry miles with a full pack.

Traveler's Gear Box: Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir XTherm Sleeping Pad Wards Off Cold Nights

Perhaps it comes with age, or inadequate sleeping pads, but in recent years I've often found myself shivering through the night during fall backpacking treks. But the arrival of a revolutionary pad from Therm-a-Rest carries the warm promise of making those nights distant memories.

Traveler's Gear Box: Merrell Women's Verta Shirt: Practical Function & Flattering Fit

Merrell is definitely more than their distinctive shoes. The Merrell Women's Verta shirt offers a fit that truly is classy as well as utilitarian.

Birding in the National Parks: Lowepro's Optic Series For Wildlife Viewing

Birders and wildlife watchers are starting to get used to the fact that gear manufacturers recognize us and want to make equipment specifically for us. So it wasn’t a surprise, but definitely great news, when Lowepro came out with their Optics Series for wildlife viewing.

Traveler's Gear Box: Merrell Women's Barefoot Pace Glove

Is the "barefoot" running craze for you? Check out this review of Merrill's entry in the market.

Traveler's Gear Box: Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier

Spend time playing in the water during your national park excursions? If you paddle in the parks or slither through slot canyons that might offer water hazards, the Hummingbird Gear Cargo Carrier is a pack you might want to consider.

Traveler's Gear Box: Brooks-Range Mountaineering's Cirro Hoody Jacket

How will a backcountry user honed on down garments react to synthetic insulation? Our intrepid backcountry guide gave the Cirro Hoody Jacket from Brooks-Range Mountaineering a field test. Read her thoughts.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Manta Hydration Daypack

OK, let's get right to the point: I'm a bit disappointed with Osprey's Manta series daypacks. In the end, I'm probably being overly picky, but considering the competition out there, Osprey could have done just a tad better.

Traveler's Gear Box: Would You Add The SteriPEN Journey To It?

It's lightweight, easy to use, and gets the job done both quickly and efficiently, according to testing data. But would you add SteriPEN to your gear box?

Traveler's Gear Box: What's Covering Your Feet?

Treat your feet well on the trail, and you'll have some happy dogs come sundown. Ignore them and, well, let's just hope you can treat blisters. While good boots go a long way to keeping feet happy, what stands between your toes and your toe box is just as critical.

Traveler's Gear Box: Here's A Pack to Help You Get to A National Park

As backpacks go, you probably wouldn't want to head off into the backcountry of a national park with Tom Bihn's Aeronaut on your back. But it sure is a handy bag to use to get to the park.

Traveler's Gear Box: Moab Trails Illustrated Explorer

One CD-Rom that works with either Mac or PC. Mapping software that let's you zoom in and out, pan right or left, and take a bird's eye 3-D view of the lay of the land. And the ability to load the map onto more than a few GPS units. Has National Geographic hit upon something with its Trails Illustrated Explorer series?