Desert Rat Gear

Editor's Choice

May 27, 2009
Outside Magazine
Trail Gear

   Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

Will Palmer, Managing Editor

1. WEBER ONE-TOUCH SILVER 22.5" Big enough to grill a dozen burgers or smoke a couple of racks of ribs, and it ejects the ashes in one clean motion. $90;

2. SALOMON XT WINGS S-LAB 2 LIMITED EDITION Designed by a team of pro athletes, this supportive but light (11 oz) trail runner might finally get me to marathon distance this year. Only 1,000 will be sold in the U.S. $160;

3. MERRELL DURANGO Because I love pit barbecues but don't love sweaty pits, I'm all about this sharp but breathable polyester shirt. $59;

4. SONY READER PRS-700 Best beach companion since the Bain de Soleil woman. It packs 350 e-books into ten ounces and reads in direct sun by utilizing electronic paper instead of LCD. PC only; $400;

5. JANSPORT OFF TRAIL On Saturday-morning hikes, a simple pack is best, especially one that looks like my first. $50; jan­

6. COLUMBIA POWERS VERTICAL PANTS Superlight and quick-drying, these UPF 50 nylon-and-cotton pants are perfect for the Utah slot-canyon trip I'm planning with my kids. $60;

7. WILSON REBOUND I cross-train by chasing down my son's air balls. (Hey, he's got 11 years before college.) A recycled-rubber rock makes me feel better about it. $15;

8. SIGG ECO MESSAGE We desert dwellers never stop hydrating. 33 oz, $25;

9. IPOD TOUCH 16GB Music, movies, calendar, Wi-Fi, e-mail—and the sweetest interface ever. $299;

10. BOSE SOUNDDOCK PORTABLE This incredible-sounding speaker plays unplugged all afternoon, so I can channel Van Morrison while tinkering in the garden. $399;

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