Best Backpacks for RTW Trips

The backpack is the single most important gear item for your round-the-world trip. Your backpack will be your home for the next 6 months or how ever long you’ve been lucky enough to score off for travel – so you’re going to want it to be perfect. If your backpack is too small, not padded enough, or poorly designed for […]

GoLite Odyssey Pack

GoLite Odyssey Pack – sweet RTW bag made from recycled materials I can’t imagine every needing a pack this size, but if I did the GoLite Odyssey Pack would be it. Holding up to 78 liters, the Odyssey is perfect for a multi-week backpacking adventure or a round-the-world kind of a trip. Made from 50% Tier 1 recycled ripstop nylon, […]

Osprey Kode 22 Ski Pack

Osprey Kode 22 – sleek backcountry ski pack The Osprey Kode ski backpack features a minimalist design that includes everything a skier or snowboarder needs for a day of backcountry touring. The pack carries a snowboard vertically on the back of the pack or skis diagonally in the A-frame style on the sides of the pack. The Kode 22 features […]

Thule Crossover 30-Liter Backpack

Thule Crossover 30-Liter Backpack – travel pack with laptop compartment and crush-proof pouch Thule, a household name in racks, carriers, and storage units for vehicles, has recently released a line of travel bags designed for the outdoor enthusiast and adventure traveler. I picked up a sample of the Thule Crossover 30-Liter Backpack at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Market and immediately […]

Best Travel Gear at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Market

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I spent the week at the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, a biannual event of the latest and greatest outdoor gear and apparel in the world.  With more than 1000 exhibitors strutting their new products on the tradeshow floor and more happy hour parties than I can remember, it was […]

The Best Backpack Daypacks

Daypacks are small hiking backpacks that are great for short trips and typically hold 15-35 liters of gear.  As with most things in the outdoor industry, backpacks have really evolved over the past few years.  Back in the day, hiking daypacks were nothing more than glorified school backpacks with very few features. These days you can find daypack backpacks that […]

The Best Hiking Backpacks

For serious outdoor enthusiasts, buying a hiking backpack can be almost as important as buying a new car. Sure it is not as expensive as a car, but it is a mini investment and one that should not be taken lightly. Taking the time to research, try on, and test out hiking backpacks is really important if you want to […]

The North Face Borealis Backpack

The North Face Borealis Backpack – great all around daypack for work and adventure The versatile North Face Borealis is a technical hiking daypack, but also works well as a sporty school or work pack. The Borealis features The North Face’s “backsaving” design, with an angled bottom the pack keeps weight close to your back for carrying comfort.  Fully adjustable […]

Osprey Ariel 65 Women’s Packs

Osprey Ariel 65 Women’s Packs – women’s backcountry pack with superior load stability The Osprey Ariel is one of the bestselling packs in the 60-70 liter range.  The newly updated pack features a custom heat-moldable hipbelt and a women’s specific fit. The fit of this pack is simply superb – the custom molding hipbelt conforms to the shape of your […]

Gregory Jade 50 Women’s Pack

Gregory Jade 50 Women’s Pack – award-winning multi-day women’s pack The Gregory Jade 50 pack has been updated for 2010 with a newly designed ventilation suspension system.  The redesign is so fabulous that it was awarded an Editor’s Choice award from Backpacker Magazine for Best All-Around pack.  This pack must be amazing because the competition in the backpack category is […]