May 21, 2020

For the first time in two decades, AAA is not issuing a Memorial Day traffic estimate. The report usually kicks off a summer of road trips, congestion, and sweltering aggravation in the U.S. But not this year.

Of course, the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel restri...

May 13, 2020

Given the times we live in, running outside far away from people has become essential for many of us--no matter what the weather. While shoes may matter the most, the one critical piece of running gear for me has become Black Diamond's Distance Wind Shell ($129).

Initi...

May 7, 2020

The trouble with standard photos is that they fail to capture the magnificent expanse of exotic locales and natural vistas. Ricoh's Theta Z1 360 Degree Camera ($1,000) is intended to get around the problem, literally. On a trip to Zermatt in the Alps last fall, it did...

April 28, 2020

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7, starting at $1,400

Being  mobile these days is critical and one the essential tools for any digital nomad is a laptop. Lenovo's lightweight 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best. In my testing, it has endured tens of thousan...

April 21, 2020

Having trouble getting some shuteye at altitude? The Liberty 2 Pro earbuds ($130) will lull you to sleep and include a handy charging case so you get up to 32 hours of listening on a single charge. For superior sound, they support the aptX wireless format, and there's...

April 14, 2020

When you're weary and a little oxygen deprived, trekking poles are an invaluable aid along perilous trails (at least I find them comforting). But you don't need to be traipsing along at 10,000 feet in the Alps to find sticks useful. You'll see plenty of experienced you...

April 7, 2020

The three most important features of a sleeping bag should be warmth, weight, and packing size. The Therm-a-Rest Hyperion ($340) gets an A+ in all three categories. It's filled with RDS-certified hydrophobic 900 down, weighs around a pound, and it cinches down to the s...

March 31, 2020

When you're on the road, staying warm and dry is critical, and the HH Verglas ($325) will keep you that way. I married it to the company's Odin Stretch insulated jacket ($260), which uses Primaloft Gold Active + insulation. The Primaloft layer is warm but breathable so...

March 24, 2020

Many people swear by vitamin packs and other nostrums to keep colds away; hikers and campers swear by Nuun. Drop a tablet in water and you'll get the electrolytes and potassium you need to keep from cramping. Nota bene: Not all flavors are created equal. The Sport stra...

March 17, 2020

No one wants to haul bottles of water up a 4,000-foot trail--but you absolutely need to stay hydrated. Grayl's filter bottles offer an ideal solution. Parched after reaching the Fluhalp hut outside Zermatt, Switzerland, I immediately filled my 24-ounce Grayl bottle ($9...

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