Six gadgets for the road.
Grain Audio PWS Speaker
There’s been a glut of portable Bluetooth speakers in recent years, but few deliver the kind of rich, deep sound that makes you want to bring one with you. The PWS ($249) is that rarity. It sounds incredible and has six to eight hours of battery life and a throwback design, with (FSC-certified!) walnut housing and rubber bumpers.
Outdoor Tech Privates Headphones
The price is good. The sound is vibrant, with respectable bass and clear mids. But it was the user-friendly features on these Bluetooth cans ($100) that made them our new faves. You can see how much power you have left on a little gauge on your smartphone, and volume and track selection are controlled by a swipe of the right earpiece.
Digital Treasures The Soldier Power Supply
Don’t let a dead cell phone leave you stranded. The shockproof, waterproof (to three feet) Soldier ($90) will charge an iPhone three times, taking four or five hours per charge, or a tablet once. It can also double as a flashlight in a pinch and will even flash an SOS signal.
Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet
Even the iPad-partial among us were seduced by the colorful, intuitive Windows RT platform on this travel-handy, 32GB tablet ($399 with contract). It’s light, it has a gorgeous 10.1-inch 1080p screen that you can read outdoors, and it comes with the Microsoft Office suite, making it equally adept at work and play (especially if you add a $150 keyboard).
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Phone
What’s a Robin Thicke–endorsed phablet ($199 with contract) doing in "Outside"? We couldn’t help it. The multi-window functionality and stylus make it a better multitasker than the iPad, and movies have room to breathe on the beautiful 5.7-inch HD screen. Pair it with the Galaxy Gear watch ($199) and you can talk into your wrist like 007.
Leica C Camera
Thanks to its large 1/1.7-inch MOS sensor and 12.1-megapixel resolution, the Leica C ($699), while offering manual options, can take crisp, perfectly lit images with minimal effort, as well as 1080p video. And we love the integrated Wi-Fi, which lets us upload photos to a tablet.