Traveler's Gear Box: Stanley Cook And Brew Vacuum Coffee System

Stanley, making vacuum bottles since 1913, has created the 1 liter Brew and Cook system. It's got all the attachments to make great coffee, and keep it hot.

Traveler's Gear Box: Staying Cool In The National Parks

Staying cool in the national parks this summer isn’t difficult, and it can even be stylish with what’s out on the market.

Traveler's Gear Box: Weekend Warriors For Hauling Camp With You

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' Backcountry Bed And Therm-A-Rest's Auriga Blanket

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: Two Tents With Room To Stretch Out In At Day's End

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker From Sperry-Top-Sider

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.

Traveler’s Gear Box: Mindshift Gear’s Rotation 180°Panorama

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Vivitar DVR 787HD Sports Camera

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).

Traveler's Gear Box: Cocoon's Merino Wool TravelSheet

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: KEEN'S Marshall Mid WP

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack

Love at first sight: A photographer's connection with Lowepro's Flipside 500 AW backpack.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Lowepro Nova Sport 35L Camera Bag

Lowepro's Nova Sport 35L has some nice qualities to it...but it also has some flaws that need to be corrected.

Traveler's Gear Box: Solar 50 Rash Guard From Bomber Gear

Paddling trips in the national parks, either by canoe or kayak, expose you to a lot of sunshine. So much that it'll bake you if you're not careful. That's where a good hat, comfortable shirt, and sunscreen, can help you enjoy the day to its fullest.

Traveler's Gear Box: Thermos Stainless Steel Hydration Bottle

A refillable water bottle can save you a lot of money over the course of a year as compared to the cost of buying multiple throw-away plastic bottles, and there are plenty of choices in the marketplace. If you'd like a bottle that's durable, easy to clean, easy to open with one hand and able to keep your water cold for hours, the Thermos Hydration Bottle is a great choice.

Traveler's Gear Box: The Bug Blocker From Kelty

Bugs can quickly ruin a national park vacation, especially the ones that bite and suck your blood. That's when you need a shelter from the storm, as it were.

Traveler's Gear Box: TravelChair's Paddler Chair

Long days in a canoe can lead to an aching back, unless you modify the basic seating situation. For years I resorted to a Crazy Creek chair, but this summer I found a newer, more comfortable solution.

Traveler's Gear Box: SPOT's Global Phone

Think you're in the market for a satellite phone? Think very carefully.

Traveler's Gear Box: Lowepro's DryZone Camera Bags

Water in a national park, whether you're encountering the white-water variety, or a relatively smooth lake, or even pools of water while canyoneering, can wreak havoc on cameras and other electrical equipment. They need protection.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Flex 4 Cooking System

In need of a good, lightweight cooking set that will help you feed a group of four? Check out MSR's Flex F System, which offers two pots and four plates and cups in a tidy package.

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.