High Sierra AT8 Wheeled Duffel

Approximately 90% of the time, my family and I travel carry-on only, with 22″ wheeled luggage. However, for that 10% of the time we check a bag, we want a workhorse of a duffel that’s also easy to pull and transport. The High Sierra AT8 wheeled duffel upright fits the bill, and served me nicely during an industry-related trip when I needed to bring a lot of gear back home with me. I love that this duffel fits a ton at 32″, but isn’t wide and bulky. Instead, it’s quite streamlined with a slim, tall design, and I can...

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Big Agnes Fly Creek tent

Big Agnes makes some of the highest quality tents on the market, so when we needed the lightest weight, most durable single person tent we could find, we looked to Big Agnes. We tried out their Fly Creek UL1 with MtnGLO (more on that in a minute). The Fly Creek series also comes in a two-person footprint, should you need space for a duo. The Fly Creek UL1’s best feature, if you’re a backpacker, is the weight. It weighs in at only one pound, 12 ounces, with a significantly roomy floor plan, for a single person tent. You get...

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Hanz waterproof travel gloves for men and women

A quality pair of thin, three-season gloves is essential for serious travelers, whether your adventures take you to remote parts of the world or simply to on holiday during the off-season. We pack gloves for just about every journey, from trips to Europe during the winter to summer whitewater rafting and backpacking trips. You never know when the weather will turn, and gloves can be a lightweight and small item to have at the ready. This summer, we tried out two offerings from Hanz, the maker of ingenious knit waterproof gloves. We took these gloves on a backpacking trip...

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High Sierra Modi Backpack

Are you ready for the new school year? How about for fall travel? The High Sierra Modi backpack ticks both activities off the list, with a study, practical design for kids and youth. And it’s currently almost half price, so act fast! Made of mini ripstop and waffle weave, the Modi is rugged for travel days or an entire year (or two) of back-and-forth school commuting. At 19.5″ x 13″ x 8″, it’s a good size for school-aged kids (not preschoolers) and high schoolers. Our fifth grader is currently using his, and we love that it can go straight...

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New Travel Pillows For Outdoors And Travel Days

Ready for the tale of two travel pillows? Everyone has their favorite styles for airplane overnights, car rides, camping trips, and backpacking adventures, and it’s time to introduce two new players to the scene. Personally, I like my travel pillows firm, so the inflatable type win out over the soft cushiony type. If you’re with me, here are two great options: Eagle Creek Fast Inflate Pillow: The new Eagle Creek Fast Inflate pillow comes in medium or large. Both roll up small and fit into their own tiny stuff sack for portability. I opted for the large, because it can...

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Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22

Our family loves Eagle Creek luggage. We all carry Eagle Creek roller bags when we fly, because the kids are hard on gear, and Eagle Creek is one of those rare brands that are both well made and affordable. Plus, I always know Eagle Creek bags will have smart designs that make sense for travel days. The Eagle Creek Load Warrior comes in 26″, 22″ (carry on) and 20″ (international carry on) sizes. We almost always carry on our luggage, so we tried out the 22″. The capacity is 42 liters, but the bag can unzipped to expand to...

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Granite Gear Lutsen 45 L Backpack

My teenaged son hikes and backpacks every chance he gets. His trusty companion has always been his Granite Gear Leopard, but for his most recent hike–a 450 mile stint of the Pacific Crest Trail–he wanted to downsize. Knowing he wanted to stick with Granite Gear, he opted for the Lutsen in the 45 liter capacity. In addition to the 45L, the Lutsen comes in 35L and 55L, so options are available. What he loves about the Lutsen: This pack is highly flexible, with many ways to attach gear to the outside. It has fewer pockets and sleeves than most...

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Coleman Mountain View Screen Dome shelter

Hopefully you and your family are enjoying plenty of state and national parks this summer, as in the US, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our parks. Coleman is getting in on the action, with some made-in-the-USA gear designed specifically for the #FindYourPark anniversary. You can read about them here. The Mountain View Screen Dome Shelter is not a limited edition product, but one you should definitely add to your outdoor travel arsenal, whether you plan to use it camping or for day trips to the lake, an outdoor concert, a family reunion, or a sporting event. The 100 square...

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GoTenna off-grid communication

I’m always interested in new options in off-grid communication, so GoTenna immediately caught my eye. This two-way cell phone antenna device allows two cell phone users to text and share location with each other (or other GoTenna users in the area) whenever and wherever they may find themselves without cellular service: in both wilderness or urban settings. The device appealed to me for the latter, when I’m traveling internationally and have my phone in airplane mode, but want to communicate with another member of my travel party. In wilderness settings, I often don’t need or want service, with the exception of...

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REI Flash 65L Backpack

I always feel very well-taken care of by REI; I trust in their store brand products. That said, I’ve been testing a lot of overnight backpacking packs the past few years, and the REI Flash is the first REI-branded pack I’ve tried. Bottom line: I shouldn’t have waited so long. The REI Flash backpack line offers packs of multiple sizes, from daypack sizing to women and men’s overnight packs. We were on the lookout for a solid pack for our teen son, so we tried out the Flash 65L for men. At $199, it’s the lowest price for any...

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