Backpacks

Find Your Flow

THE RIGHT HELMET Say so long to floppy fabric bills poking out from under your lid. SWEET's STRUTTER helmet borrows the sun-shading simplicity of the classic American...

Lighting Out (cont.)

THE OR MONSOON HAT keeps downpours off your noggin and neck with its seam-taped, waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex liner. ($54; 800-421-2421,

Lighting Out (cont.)

JULBO's sunglasses use photochromic lens technology—when it gets brighter, they get darker. Their ultralight, snug-wrap ADVANCE frames give your eyes superb UV protection...

Break the Ice

HYDRATION? You've got it dialed, or so you think. You've acquired a few floppy reservoirs for your fair-weather adventures, but take your fluid pack along on a ski tour and you'll soon be...

Break the Ice

1.) SOURCE seals its entire WINTER KIT PLUS system—reservoir, insulated hose, and bite valve—inside a zippered mitten of closed-cell foam. Though you can slide the kit...

Break the Ice

1.) The INDIGO TANGO pack dispenses with bladder and hose altogether, embracing the humble bottle instead. Stab yours into the Pocket of Liquid Delights in the pack's top section—...

Fresh Loot

You know your fitness watch isn't just for show when the screen starts flashing you are behind. So it goes with the GARMIN FORERUNNER 201, a wrist-mounted, GPS-assisted training tool....

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Playing Around

Climbing at Joshua Tree, windsurfing the Gorge, fly-fishing the Yellowstone—you know what you're there to do. But let's face it, when the crag's wet, the wind ain't blowin', and you can't...

You Can Take It with You

BACKPACKING HAS hauled itself into the new millennium quite nicely, thank you, so let's try to put the memory of days spent sweating under awkward external-frame packs or—worse—...

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