Gear Reviews

Tried and tested by our team of frequent travelers

8.1
Outlier Runweight Merino T-Shirt

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Runweight Merino T-Shirt by Outlier

Soft, durable, and functional for workout & daily wear—the Outlier Runweight Merino T-Shirt is great, but the new version generates more pilling than we’d like to see.

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7.8
Sandqvist Zack 41L Backpack Review

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Zack 41L Backpack by Sandqvist

Categorized as a weekend bag by Sandqvist, the 41L Zack seems to check all the travel pack boxes. But can it compete with the one bag travel heavy hitters?

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Chrome Niko F-Stop Camera Backpack

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Niko F-Stop Camera Backpack by Chrome Industries

The Chrome Niko F-Stop Camera Backpack is comfortable, technical, yet simple—a great travel bag for seasoned shooters, casual snappers and travelers alike.

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7.5
Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

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Allpa 35L Travel Pack by Cotopaxi

The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack is a great all-around bag that is smartly designed for carry-on compliance and can suit both urban and outdoorsy travelers alike.

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7.2
Matador Nanodry Trek Towel

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NanoDry Towel by Matador

The Matador NanoDry Towels are super lightweight travel towels with an anti-microbial coating. The silicone case is unique, though not quite as compressible as other towel cases on the market.

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6.4
Ungrip Phone Strap Review

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Phone Strap by Ungrip

Say goodbye to shattered screens, Ungrip will keep even the biggest of phones securely in your hand and off the ground during all of your adventures.

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6.9
PopSockets Phone Grip Review

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Phone Grip by PopSockets

Functional and fun, affordable and adorable. Despite durability flaws, PopSockets are a trendy and useful tool for securing and stabilizing your phone.

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6.6
Trtl Travel Pillow Review

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Travel Pillow by Trtl

An alternative to traditional design, the Trtl “pillow” offers a new type of neck support which outshines the usual overstuffed travel pillows.

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7.8
F-Stop Small Shallow ICU

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Small Shallow ICU (Internal Camera Unit) by F-Stop

The F-Stop Small Shallow ICU (internal camera unit) is a camera cube insert that organizes and protects all of your camera gear within your backpack or luggage.

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6.8
Icebreaker Multisport Ultralight Micro Socks Review

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Multisport Ultralight Micro Socks by Icebreaker

The Icebreaker Multisport Ultralight Micro Socks are ankle-height merino wool socks that are lightweight and cool. A decent choice for your sock arsenal.

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8.1
EVERGOODS Mountain Panel Loader 30

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Mountain Panel Loader 30 by EVERGOODS

The EVERGOODS MPL30 is a pack designed for the trail that still works well for travel. Ergonomic, well-designed and durable, it’s easy to love this bag.

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8.5
Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

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Micro Puff by Patagonia

The Patagonia Micro Puff is an ultralight jacket that is incredibly packable and has one of the best warmth to weight ratios we’ve seen.

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8.1
Thule Subterra 34L Review

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Subterra 34L by Thule

Want a one bag travel backpack that functions just as well as a daypack? The Thule Subterra 34L may just be the pack you’re looking for.

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7.2
Matador DL16

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DL16 Packable Daypack (Daylite) by Matador

The Matador Daylite16 is an ultralight, ultra-compressible daypack that can hold a laptop and more. It may just be the perfect companion to your larger travel bag.

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Bedrock Classic Sandals Review

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Classic Sandals by Bedrock

The Bedrock Classic Sandals are ultralight, minimal pieces of footwear, and they’ll stay on your feet if you’re running on sand, swimming in the sea, or paddling down a stream.

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8.6
Skyseen Toast Backpack Review

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Toast Backpack by Skyseen

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? No, this is a toast backpack. And it’s the only bag you’ll ever need. (Hint: Originally published April 1st, 2018)

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7.3
Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket Review

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All-Conditions Essentials Pocket by Bellroy

The All-Conditions Essentials Pocket from Bellroy offers some handy organization in a slick, well-crafted package that has a handful of use-cases.

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7.7
Fjallraven Kanken Mini

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Kanken Mini by Fjallraven

The Fjallraven Kanken Mini is a simple, functional daypack that will get the job done—and what it lacks in features, it makes up for in style.

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7.9
GORUCK GR3

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GR3 by GORUCK

The GORUCK GR3 is a massive, maximum legal carry-on travel pack that carries well, looks great, and will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

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8.2
Osprey Fairview 40

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Fairview 40 by Osprey

The Osprey Fairview is similar to their best selling Farpoint series, but designed with women in mind—and at 40L, perfect for one bag travel.

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Cocoon Grid-It Organizer

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Grid-It Organizer by Cocoon Innovations

The ‘Grid-It’ is designed to be the ultimate gadget organizer. The weave of rubberized bands allow for countless configurations of all your tech gear.

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7.1
Western Rise AT Slim Rivet Pant Review

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AT Slim Rivet Pant by Western Rise

The AT Slim Rivet Pants from Western Rise are a solid pair of pants that look nice and will get the job done for both travelers and hikers alike.

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4.6
Western Rise DryWeight Merino Henley Review

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DryWeight Merino Henley by Western Rise

Western Rise’s DryWeight Merino Henley makes a great first impression on look and feel, but ultimately falls flat due to poor durability.

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4.9
Western Rise Strongcore Merino Pocket Tee Review

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Strongcore Merino Pocket Tee by Western Rise

The Strongcore Merino Pocket Tee from Western Rise is a decent merino wool t-shirt. But does it live up to the high price tag? We’re not quite sure…

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DSPTCH Travel Pack

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Travel Pack by DSPTCH

The DSPTCH Travel Pack is a slick, minimalistic pack that offers an impressive amount of functionality and organization with only a few minor gripes.

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7.6
Humangear GoToob+

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GoToob+ by HumanGear

The GoToob+ is a TSA-approved liquid container from Humangear for carry-on travel with liquids. In this review, we also cover the original GoToob vs the GoToob plus.

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7.1
Encircled Everyday Twist Top

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Everyday Twist Top by Encircled

Encircled is a Canadian company creating versatile clothing. The Everyday Twist Top can morph into many styles, making it a new travelers’ best friend.

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6.8
Timbuk2 Wander Pack Review

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Wander Pack by Timbuk2

On transport large & small and journeys far & wide, the Timbuk2 Wander Pack is a great companion to have by your side. It’s a nice one bag travel option, but a couple harness & strap system issues exist with the backpack.

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7.4
Matador Beast28

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Beast28 by Matador

Matador does it again with the Beast28. It’s an ultralight backpack that compresses down, so you can stow it as a day pack for longer trips.

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6.8
Chrome Macheto Travel Backpack

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Macheto Travel Backpack by Chrome Industries

The Chrome Macheto is a slick, highly durable cube-shaped travel pack from a trusted brand—which is great. But… the carry leaves a lot to be desired.

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6.9
Peak Design Everyday Sling (5L) Review

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Everyday Sling (5L) by Peak Design

A versatile and protective bag, the Peak Design Everyday Sling is a great solution for everyday protection of camera equipment and other essentials.

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6.7
Bluffworks Chino (Tailored Fit) Review

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Chino (Tailored Fit) by Bluffworks

The Bluffworks Chino Travel Pants offer everything you want from a pair of travel pants and nothing you don’t—simple & stylish with a few extra features.

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6.3
Bond Travel Gear ESCAPADE Small Gear Pouch Review

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ESCAPADE Small Gear Pouch by Bond Travel Gear

The Bond Travel Gear ESCAPADE offers superior organization and an ingenious layout, but leaves a lot to be desired in its manufacturing and styling.

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8.1
Minaal Carry-on 2.0 Bag Review

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Carry-on 2.0 Bag by Minaal

The Minaal Carry-on 2.0 is a roomy, minimalist-styled backpack that has some great features and only a few minor faults. A solid option for one-bag travel.

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8.2
Moleskine Classic Large Soft Cover Dot Grid Notebook Review

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Classic Large Soft Cover Dot Grid Notebook by Moleskine

The Moleskine Classic Large Soft Cover Dot Grid Notebook is a solid choice for travelers seeking a durable and versatile pad for notes and sketching.

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6.7
Y Athletics Silverair Merino Wool Boxer Brief Review

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Silverair Merino Wool Boxer Brief by Y Athletics

The Y Athletics Merino Wool Boxer Briefs offer minimalist aesthetics, odor resistance, and comfort for travelers—even if you’re caught wearing them a couple times between washes.

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8.1
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review

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Helium II Jacket by Outdoor Research

The Outdoor Research Helium II is one of lightest rain jackets available, packing down into the size of your fist. Plus, it’ll keep you as dry as a desert.

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8.2
Osprey Farpoint 40

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Farpoint 40 by Osprey

We’ve been testing the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack for over a year and love the durability, carry, and hideaway harness system. However, the laptop sleeve is a bit puzzling and the aesthetic may not be for everyone.

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8.1
Pelican Memory Card Case (0915 and 0945) Review

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Memory Card Case (0915 and 0945) by Pelican

The Pelican Memory Card Cases (0915 SD & 0945 CF) are a watertight, durable solution for organizing and storing your digital photographs while out & about.

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8.3
Magpul DAKA Pouch Review

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DAKA Pouch by Magpul

The Magpul DAKA Pouches define utility. These things just work, all while keeping your items protected, preserved, and safe from just about anything.

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6.6
Matador Transit Tote Bag

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Transit Tote Bag by Matador

The Matador Transit Tote is a lightweight shoulder bag that can pack down & compress to nearly nothing, but carry a weekend’s worth of clothes, or more.

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8.2
Aer Flight Pack Review

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Flight Pack by Aer

Though a bit smaller, the professional design, organization, and versatility of the Aer Flight Pack make it optimal for shorter trips and urban travel.

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8.3
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cubes

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Pack-It Specter Cubes by Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter packing cube products are the perfect lightweight solution to organizing your gear and reducing clutter in your luggage.

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6.9
Woolly Ultralight V-Neck Review

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Ultralight V-Neck by Woolly

Woolly’s Ultralight V-neck is a comfortable and functional budget merino wool t-shirt. You can get away without washing it much between wears, too.

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7.5
Muji Hanging Travel Case Review

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Hanging Travel Case by Muji

Thanks to its superior organization and thoughtful design, the compact Muji Hanging Travel Case / dopp kit is able to hold more than you’d think.

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7.5
Trayvax Element Wallet Review

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Element Wallet by Trayvax

The Trayvax Element’s sleek design, security features, and sturdy build quality make it an excellent wallet option for minimalist travelers.

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7.3
Woolx The Dailys Boxer Briefs

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The Dailys Boxer Briefs by Woolx

The Dailys by Woolx are one of the most comfortable pairs of merino wool boxer briefs around, with a bunch of benefits—and unfortunately, a few negatives.

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6.6
Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Tote Review

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Le Pliage Travel Tote by Longchamp

The Longchamp Le Pliage Tote is ideal for tossing into your luggage as a bonus day bag. It’s durable, collapsible and carries all the essentials.

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7.8
Mission Workshop Fitzroy VX Review

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Fitzroy VX by Mission Workshop

The Mission Workshop Fitzroy is a great toploader pack with a few unique features and a huge compartment that will fit anything your heart desires.

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6.5
Y Athletics Silverair Everyday Shirt Review

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Silverair Everyday Shirt by Y Athletics

The Y-Athletics Silverair Everyday Shirt is a stylish, lightweight, and odor-resistant performance shirt that packs well and will help you stay cool and dry during exercise.

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Joby UltraFit Sling Strap Review

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UltraFit Sling Strap by Joby

The Joby UltraFit Sling Strap looks slick & gives you greater mobility and quick access to your camera, while still considering your personal comfort.

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5.3
Threadsmiths Cavalier T-Shirt Review

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Cavalier T-Shirt by Threadsmiths

The Cavalier T-Shirt from Threadsmiths repels liquids, dirt and grime. Great for food fights, if you have an infant, or you’re just really bad at eating.

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6.7
Sketchcase Laptop Whiteboard Skin Review

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Laptop Whiteboard Skin by Sketchcase

The Sketchcase turns your laptop into a portable whiteboard for easy use while traveling. Whether for business or fun, it’ll get the job done.

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Serious Steel Resistance Band Review

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Resistance Band by Serious Steel

Serious Steel Resistance Bands offer a budget-friendly, lightweight, and versatile way to resistance train and stay in shape while traveling.

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9.2
Darn Tough Merino Wool No-Show Socks

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Merino Wool No-Show Socks by Darn Tough

Darn Tough’s Merino wool socks are a great option for any dedicated traveler. Usable in various climates, these socks can also last you a lifetime—really.

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6.9
MEC Uplink Jacket Review

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Uplink Jacket by MEC

MEC had adventure in mind when they designed their Uplink series. This lightweight & durable mid-layer jacket packs down small and keeps you nice & toasty.

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7.9
Peak Design Everyday Backpack (30L) Review

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Everyday Backpack (30L) by Peak Design

The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is full of smart features. Although intended for photography, it works well for digital nomads & one bag travelers, too.

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6.5
Unbound Merino Crew Neck T-Shirt Review

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Crew Neck T-Shirt by Unbound Merino

Unbound Merino Wool T-Shirts are super soft, comfortable, and can go a while without a wash. We have found they do require a little extra care, however.

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8.5
Trayvax Contour Wallet Review

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Contour Wallet by Trayvax

The Trayvax Contour Wallet is a functional, durable wallet with a slick organization system that will last a lifetime (well, 65 years, to be exact).

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5.6
Tortuga Homebase Backpack Review

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Homebase Backpack by Tortuga

A sleek look, superior organization, and packing cube make the Tortuga Homebase Backpack a one-stop-shop for minimalist travelers and digital nomads.

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8.2
Billabong Crossfire X Submersible Shorts Review

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Crossfire X Submersible Shorts by Billabong

Billabong Crossfire X Shorts—AKA, submersible shorts—are stylish and functional, but it’ll be hard to replace your entire shorts collection with them.

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7.3
TRX Go Suspension Training Kit Review

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Go Suspension Training Kit by TRX

The TRX Go Suspension Training Kit offers a unique alternative to hotel gyms while traveling (or lack thereof) and other heavy duty weightlifting gear.

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8.6
Aer Travel Pack Review

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Travel Pack by Aer

The Aer Travel Pack is a sleek & good looking—ideally suited for casual, one bag travel and urban adventure. Plus, it’s got some great pack organization.

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7.2
WANDRD PRVKE Review

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PRVKE by WANDRD

Whether you’re a professional photographer, videographer, or hobbyist, the WANDRD PRVKE offers a thoughtful option for everyday use or longer trips.

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8.2
Prometheus Lights Beta QRv2 Flashlight

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Beta QRv2 Flashlight by Prometheus Lights

Prometheus Lights has done a great job with their Beta QRv2 Flashlight—it’s tiny & packs a brightness punch, including a convenient quick-release feature.

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6.6
Mammut Seon Cargo Review

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Seon Cargo by Mammut

Bridging the gap between workaholic and weekend warrior, the Mammut Seon Cargo proves to be good for photographers, climbers, and one bag travelers alike.

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8.8
Roost Laptop Stand

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Roost Laptop Stand 2.0 by Roost Industries Corp.

We took an in-depth look at the Roost Stand 2.0, an original portable laptop stands for digital nomads and one bag travelers that work on the road.

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6.6
Nexstand K2 Laptop Stand Review

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K2 Laptop Stand by Nexstand

Nexstand K2 is one of the best bang-for-your-buck portable laptop stands that won’t break the bank, but may itself break (re: lower durability).

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7.7
Integral Design Collapsible Compact Chopsticks Review

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Collapsible Compact Chopsticks by Integral Design

The traveler’s lightweight, hygienic, and environmentally-friendly travel companion, these Collapsible Compact Chopsticks by Integral Design come in handy.

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9.1
BUFF USA Lightweight Merino Wool Buff

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Wool Buff by Buff USA

Whether you’re traveling in the desert or staying warm on a cold winter’s evening, this one piece of merino wool headwear from Buff USA will rule them all.

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Apple AirPods Review

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AirPods by Apple

Minimal, wireless Bluetooth headphones from Apple, the Airpods also double as a microphone with some additional slick features to go along with them.

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9.2
Outlier Slim Dungarees

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Slim Dungarees by Outlier

With the durable Outlier Slim Dungarees, you can feel like you’re wearing pajama pants while looking like you’re ready for a business lunch.

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7.3
Humangear GoToob

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GoToobs by HumanGear

Little compact containers to store all of your TSA-approved liquids, the GoToobs by HumanGear are a great travel companion for your favorite toiletries.

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9.1
Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt Review

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Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt by Outlier

A premium tee with a price tag to match, the Outlier Ultrafine Merino T-Shirt is a great merino wool t-shirt for long-term, minimalist travelers.

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9.1
GORUCK GR2

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GR2 by GORUCK

Nearly indestructible—the GORUCK GR2 is a maximum carry-on sized backpack that will hold up in any condition you’re able to throw at it.

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7.2
Earth Runners Elemental Lifestyle Sandals

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Elemental Sandals by Earth Runners

A minimalistic sandal that sticks to your feet well, you can run in them—the Earth Runners Elemental Sandals are a good compact footwear option for travel.

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6.8
Toaks Titanium Spork

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Titanium Spork by Toaks

An ultralight spoon and fork combo that comes in handy more than we’d like to admit. Did we mention the Toaks Titanium Spork is ultralight?

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8.1
Kikkerland Universal Travel Adapter

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Universal Travel Adapter by Kikkerland

This Kikkerland Universal Travel Adapter has a slim profile that adapts electrical outlets of more than 150 countries. (Note: doesn’t convert electricity).

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7.1
HooToo TripMate Titan

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TripMate Titan by HooToo

2-in-1 portable battery pack & wireless router charges your devices and creates a wireless network for them. The HooToo TripMate Titan is a winner.

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7.5
GORUCK GR2 Field Pocket

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GR2 Field Pocket by GORUCK

A padded & organized pocket that can be used as a standalone bag or inside of other luggage for gear organization—the GORUCK GR2 Field Pocket is versatile.

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8.8
Outlier New Way Shorts

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New Way Shorts by Outlier

The Outlier New Way Shorts are some of the best tech wear around for perpetual travelers—versatile, submersible, and aesthetically minimal.

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8.8
Patagonia Nano Puff Review

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Nano Puff by Patagonia

A deceptively light jacket that keeps you super warm for the weight that it is—the Patagonia Nano Puff stows away easily when not in use—ultralight.

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7.6
PackTowl Personal Towel Review

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Personal Towel by PackTowl

An antimicrobial, microfiber towel—the PackTowl Personal is small enough to fit in your pack, but big enough to bring to the beach and lie out on.

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8.4
Vivobarefoot Gobi II Review

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Gobi II by Vivobarefoot

A minimalistic desert boot with an ultra thin sole, the Vivobarefoot Gobi II are durable, lightweight shoes for light travelers & minimalists.

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7.8
Patagonia Alpine Houdini Review

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Alpine Houdini by Patagonia

An ultralight rain jacket that compresses neatly down into roughly the size of a soda can, the Alpine Houdini keeps you dry but also a little toasty.

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8.6
Lush Shampoo Bar Review

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Shampoo Bar by Lush

A tiny bar of soap & shampoo that lasts much longer than typical liquid soaps, the LUSH Shampoo Bar proves to be a great TSA-approved option for travel.

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WAHL Compact Travel Trimmer Review

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Compact Travel Trimmer by WAHL

A hair trimmer that gives you 8-10 shaves per AA battery, the WAHL Compact Travel Trimmer is a great way to groom hair or a beard on the road.

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