While the lifetime warrantee on your North Face pack from grammar school is meant to be honored, there’s something to be said for retiring before things unravel. Today’s daypacks will haul your climbing gear or your laptop over mountains and through airports. These are our favorites.
Bottles that chill, filter and fold
Choosing a water bottle is like buying bar soap: you can penny-pinch and get a three-pack of Dial for two bones, or you can upgrade to Dr. Bronner’s and enjoy the marginal benefit of bathing in citrus oils every morning like a refined gentleman. Your old Nalgene Silo? Dial. Fortunately, the options for an upgrade are abundant, ranging from straightforward bottles for the gym to handheld bottles for marathon runners to double-walled glass vessels that could double as flower vases.
Today in Gear, we look at an ultra-thin gaming laptop, curved coins, a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout, faucet-fast water filters and more.
Gear for the Top of World
Sometimes the mountains just call your name. Whether you’ve got a season to train for a summit bit up Mt. Rainier or just a Saturday afternoon to log some miles hiking up the local ski hill, the right gear can mean the difference between enjoying the majesty and struggling through misery (or worse). Here’s the gear we used for our recent solo free climb of Mount Olympus in Utah — but it’s perfect for any ultralight mountain mission.
That wetsuit ain't for show
When I first received the invite for a Wilderness Collective trip I had many reactions, which were, in no particular order: “I haven’t camped since I was six” and “I hope the people don’t suck” and “it’ll be nice to go on a pleasant, Instagram-worthy tour off the coast aboard a yacht in order to roast marshmallows on an island”. Our destination would be the Channel Islands archipelago, eight land masses situated over 30 miles seaward from the shores of California’s coast. The multi-faceted trip would not, in fact, be about yachts and butler service. I didn’t know that yet.
Hydrate on the high seas
The CamelBak Molokai ($100) has been designed specifically with water in mind, and that’s not just in reference to what it hauls. Stand up paddleboarders, especially, will rejoice at the thought that the company has designed its latest edition with details specific to their sport. Made entirely out of quick-drying material, the vest will feel…
Hydration for Those on the Go
By Guest Writer and Outdoor Enthusiast Michael O’Brien When it comes to stubborn New Englanders, hiking up in New Hampshire’s White Mountains is ideal. We’re all seeking the majestic, clear views these 4,000 footers have to offer but we often underestimate the preparation needed to tackle them. A key to these hikes often overlooked by…
When you think of water bottles most likely Nalgene comes to mind and rightly so since they’ve put out a venerable product for more years than we care to remember. But Camelbak, also synonymous with hydration solutions has a bottle you should avert your eyes and money to. It’s an innovative spill-proof bottle. It uses…
CamelBak Elixir electrolyte tablets turns your water into a refreshing drink infused with electrolytes, vitamins and minerals your body needs during exercise. Essentially you’re turning your once water-carrying CamelBak into a portable sports drink fountain. Each self- dissolving effervescent tablet (12 per container) instantly turns 24 ounces of water into a 10 calorie, sugar-free drink…