Along for the Ride

Gadgets and Gear for Adventure Travelers

Dec 1, 2001
Outside Magazine

Sandals? Sorta. Bite's Trail Los ($80) are hiking shoes with skylights. Offering superb lateral support—thanks to a wide, toothy, triple-density outsole—they handle warm-weather day hikes with ease. When the trail gets nasty, the proprietary Toe Guard prevents cartoonish toe stubbings. [ / 800-248-3465 ]

The UnderCover Silk Money Belt from Eagle Creek ($22) is soft against the belly, easy to get to, and damn near impossible to steal. A waterproof PVC pouch inside means your visa stamps won't bleed when you're sweating your way up Machu Picchu. [ / 800-874-9925 ]
Drown out the whining of your poorly selected trekking partner with the palm-size Archos Jukebox 6000 ($250), a one-pound MP3 player that runs off four AA batteries and houses a whopping six-gig hard drive. That's the memory equivalent of 150 LPs (you old coot) or 6,000 minutes of music dragged and dropped off your PC or Mac. This little unit likes to multitask: You can even download digital pics or add a microphone and record the cacophony of the Bangkok market buzz. [ / 949-453-1121 ]

First Need's 22-ounce Trav-L-Pure water purifier ($141) strains out the infamous trifecta of cysts, bacteria, and viruses. Able to treat 1.25 liters a minute, it removes particles as small as 0.1 microns, including chemical pesticides and other carcinogens common in far-off waters. [ / 800-441-8166 ]

Socks, you might think, make lousy gifts. Au contraire: Ex Officio's Open Air Hikers ($18) come with X-static, an antimicrobial, antistink weave of silver fiber. Translation: You can wear them for days without your feet curling noses at the sushi bar. [ / 800-644-7303 ]

With 2,900 cubic inches of pack space, Timberland's Mountain Athletics Howl ($75) is big enough for the essentials, like a change of clothes, toiletries, and books, but small enough to stuff under the seat in front of you. The mesh back helps keep you cool, while the padded CD/ MP3 pocket and laptop sleeve keep your electronics secure. [ / 888-575-4400 ]

Slightly larger than a quarter, the half-ounce CMG Equipment O4 Mini Task Light ($16) has a blinding LED with a 100,000-hour life and burns for 12 to 14 hours on a single replaceable lithium battery. Use it when digging for your toothbrush on the night train to Moscow or finding your way from car to stream. [ / 888-699-0622 ]

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