gear

New gear for summer travels from Oru Kayak, Kodiak, Bajio, Clothing Arts and Jack Wolfskin. By Everett Potter   Oru Inlet Kayak About six years ago, at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Gorman Chairback Lodge in Maine, I watched two women carry what appeared to be a large white plastic suitcase

By Larry Olmsted Amidst a global rollout of coronavirus vaccine, the travel industry is gearing up for a post-pandemic resurgence in both leisure vacations and business trips. The White House has announced that everyone who wants to go through the vaccination process can do so by the end of May,

By Jules Older I know it’s unusual to start a gear guide for travelers with a book, but I’m tripling down with not one, not two, but three books. All will resonate with travelers, and one, with skiers. The first is Travel with Purpose: A Field Guide To Voluntourism by

By Jules Older Two things you should know about global warming: No, it’s not a Chinese plot; look out the window. It’s bringing ticks and chiggers to previously cold regions, i.e. where you hike and camp. Thus, it’s ever more important to protect your body, your kids. That starts with

By Jules Older In cities from New Zealand to New England, what are the latest hand-wringing concerns? Drugs? So 1980s. Parking? Nothing new here. Panhandlers? Been there, seen that. No, aside from coyotes (though not in New Zealand), the latest threats to civilization are electric scooters and electric bikes. Naturally,

By Everett Potter From socks to Merino wool to waterproof boots, another round of great gifts for the holidyas. FITS If there’s one that FITS does right – and honestly, they do a lot that’s right – it’s that they create a sock that comes as close as possible to

By Everett Potter Smith ChromaPop I/XO I’ve used Smith ChromaPop glasses for fly fishing for a few years and they’re my go-to every sport glasses, ideal for sea kayaking, cross country skiing and even alpine spring skiing, a step above any polarized glasses that I’ve ever had. ChromaPop, by the

By Everett Potter I first met Adam Rapp in Namibia a few years ago at the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS). He was there to show off some rather cool shirts and pants that he called Pick-Pocket Proof, designed after a year of vagabonding around the world. His company is

By Everett Potter For those who love the outdoors, the keywords are: lighter, smarter, durable. Cold nights and leaky tents are not part of the equation. The tech revolution has given us a host of new gear that can make our time in the outdoors just that much more enjoyable.

By Everett Potter If you don’t think that Orvis – long known for fly rods, Nantucket Red pants and patterned dog beds for your trusty black Labrador — has changed, just ask a seasoned Montana fly fishing guide. “Twenty years ago, a guy might show up all excited and say,’