Sun King's Solo Solar Light Chases Away The Dark

Solar chargers are one of the big product categories these days in outdoor products. This lightweight, easy to use, long lasting solar light works just great.

Mountainsmith's Tour FX Camera Bag Is Big Enough

This lumbar pack is big enough for the essentials, but won't make you walk like Quasimodo.

Traveler's Gear Box: Working Watches, Not Fashion Pieces

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?

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' DriDown Better Vest

"A vest with covered shoulders?" my wife asked when I tried on the DriDown Better Vest from Sierra Designs.

Traveler's Gear Box: Mountain Hardwear's Minimalist

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: MSR's Revo Trail Snowshoes

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: Osprey's Variant 37 Pack

The new Osprey Variant 37 pack is good for casual, and intense, outdoor use.

Traveler's Gear Box: Cotopaxi's Inca 26L Backpack

Cotopaxi's Inca 26L is a spacious backpack that hauls what you need, and provides a bonus by helping support youth in developing countries.

Cotopaxi: A Gear Manufacturer Paying It Forward

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: Get In The Mood For Fun With Magellan RoadMate RV9490T-LMB

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.

Traveler's Gear Box: ProBar Bite

ProBar has a new energy bar out, the Bite.

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.