Camp stoves come in all sizes and with a variety of fuels, from sticks and twigs to white gas and propane. A new one from Primus also arrives with a unique, over-your-shoulder look that bears some consideration.
Traveler's Gear Box
Our park-trotting reviewers provide their thoughts on gear you might consider.
Headed into some wild places and need a tripod for your sports camera, or 4k video? This lightweight tripod has been thoughtfully designed to go just about anywhere, and hold your camera in any position. Retracted, it’s only 12.75 inches long, but nearly 18 inches when extended.
Looking for a pair of foldable walking sticks, with a little cushion to them? Leki’s new Micro-Stick might be the ones: when packed in their bag, they’re only 39cm long when broken down, and just shy of 18 ounces in weight.
If you want something to wear outside when it’s wet, and stay cozy and comfortable, then this Honcho Poncho might be just the thing.
My son and I had a chance to try out this new cook kit from GSI Outdoors earlier this year as we headed to Capitol Reef National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument in southern Utah.
Have you ever pitched your tent in a national park campground only to desire a little more privacy, or perhaps some help with calming breezes so your stove flame won't go out? There's a solution: Wind Warrior.
You can add Leki to the outdoor companies that offer lightweight, collapsible chairs for backcountry and front country use.
Talk about a bright propane lantern, this one is it. With variable controls, the Northern Nova will put out 3,000 lumens that will light up the entire neighborhood.
A versatile, lightweight jacket that keeps you warm and dry (from both rain and perspiration) is critical for any outdoor enthusiast. Although the Showers Pass Syncline jacket is designed with cyclists in mind (it’s named after a mountain bike trail in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington), it also proved to be a good fit for a variety of activities.
Footwear is key to any national park visit, even if you're trip involves water. Today we're sticking to the land, though, with two pairs of shoes from Chaco that can make your feet comfortable whether you're touring Glacier National Park in Montana or Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
Spend enough time outdoors in the national parks, and you'll need a good shell jacket that sheds water, both that falling from the sky and that which your body generates when active. While many jackets do a good job of keeping you dry from falling precipitation, many aren't quite as efficient with venting your perspiration. But a new line of shells from Mishmi Takin seems to have solved that vexing problem.
You're counting down the days, double-checking your gear, your food drops, your mental fitness. Hiking the Appalachian National Scenic Trail end-to-end takes some planning and mental preparation, so don't overlook your feet.
Growing up, jeans seemed to be the preferred pant for hiking and backpacking. And then along came khakis, wool if you expected rain or snow, and then, of course, synthetics. To continue the evolution, Fjällräven adds its trekking trousers with the company's proprietary G-1000® Eco fabric.
Heading into the backcountry of a national park is not without risk, and so more and more travelers are opting to take some form of personal locator beacon with them. They’re well aware that cellphone coverage can be iffy at best, if not totally non-existent.
The new Sony 4K action cam has all the features, and then some, you'll want in the field to record your expeditions.
It's not often that I'm stopped in my tracks by a product. After a quick loop through our local REI in Salt Lake City a while back, I headed over to International Mountain Equipment just a few doors away. This small shop is the real deal for climbers and outdoors people. It's the type of store that sells things you'll use for decades until they wear out. So, as I looked over some climbing nuts and harnesses I spotted a book on the glass counter: the 3D Atlas of Zion National Park in Utah. Sounded interesting.
Looking for great footwear for rafting, canoeing, or any other activity that involves water? Earlier this month I had the opportunity to test Chaco's Outcross Evo 2 on a five-day river trip through Dinosaur National Monument and just might have ended my search for a great water shoe.