Build the dedicated shooter’s everyday kit.

Pakpod Tripod


Pointed, swiveling stakes keep the Pakpod steady where lesser tripods struggle—sand, snow, shale. At less than a pound, the plastic body won’t weigh you down but is sturdy enough for a DSLR with big glass. 

Price $99

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Kodak Professional Tri-X Film 


This might be the most versatile black-and-white film ever, courtesy of its wide exposure range, exceptional sharpness, and the ability to deliver pristine detail in the shadows.

Price $5

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Levi’s 501 Original Fit Strong Jeans 


Perspective is everything, which is why you find yourself snapping while on your stomach or up a tree. With inches of articulation and tough Dyneema fiber woven through the legs, these pants won’t give out on you.

Price $80

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Under Armour Roll Out Sunglasses 

(Under Armour)

These shades are made from titanium and grilamid plastic (the stuff found in most ski boots). Read: they can take a beating. We dig the round lenses, which provide plenty of sun protection and a touch of style.

Price $155

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Vasque Sundowner GTX Boots


With a Gore-Tex liner surrounded by bomber 2.4-millimeter leather, these hikers handle whatever terrain or weather you encounter in search of the perfect Insta shot.

Price $220

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Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket 

(Outdoor Research)

Weighing 14.5 -ounces and packing down to about the size of a grapefruit, the Axiom hides unobtrusively in your pack but is still fully waterproof and breathable.

Price $389

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Moleskine Classic Pocket Notebook 


The best photos need good captions. Jot down names, places, and quotations in this slim journal.

Price $14

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Western Rise Eureka Shop Shirt 

(Western Rise)

The Eureka’s muted colors and pearl snaps make it fancy enough to wear to dinner. But it’s plenty functional, with a breathable nylon-polyester blend and sneaky reflective hit under the collar.

Price $65

F-stop Lotus Backpack 


The 32-liter Lotus handles spicy couloirs and airport terminals with equal aplomb, thanks to a lightweight yet burly suspension system and sleek cut. The water-resistant ripstop-nylon outer layer keeps gear safe and dry. 

Price $199

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Leica M-A Camera and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens 


The M-A has no light meter or automatic focus. It’s not made for dashing off quick shots for social media. But if you long for über-rich photos, you need a mechanical machine with a sharp lens that rewards patience and hard work. And yes, that means you’ll need to adjust everything yourself.

Price $4,250 and $4,750

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The Best Cameras of 2016

One could argue that the iPhone 6s is the most versatile camera on the market right now. It takes stunningly crisp photos, shoots rich 4K video, instantly connects with Instagram—and, most important, because it’s your everyday communication hub, it’s the camera you’ll use all the time. But even if you concede that fact, there are many good reasons to purchase a dedicated camera—or even a drone. While smartphones take great images and video, serious cameras are capable of nailing the details and capturing high-speed action. We’ve been blown away by new mirrorless models that have mind-bogglingly high ISOs and drones

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The Best Dog Accessories of 2016

Treat your pups right with everything an adventure companion needs for out-of-town journeys. (Ruffwear) Ruffwear Haul Bag  Think of this as your dog’s go-to daypack. With 25 liters of storage and a wide opening, the Haul easily fits food plus other essentials. Price $80 Buy Now (ResQ Co.) ResQ Co. Strong Leash  A three-strand marine-grade rope makes this lead almost Kevlar tough—essential if your furry friend is a gnawer. And it looks handsome to boot. Price $54 Buy Now (Kong) Kong Ball with Rope  Unlike tennis balls, this Kong will withstand years of loving abuse. Go ahead: put the dense rubber

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The Best Luggage of 2016

Roll it on or pack it in with these trusted haulers. (Pelican) Pelican Elite Vacationer  At more than $500 and weighing nearly 20 pounds, the 47-liter Elite Vacationer stops just short of being a rolling safe. Made of double-walled, high-impact plastic with hard-resin latches, it’ll withstand loads up to 1,500 pounds. Thanks to O-ring seals, it can be submerged for a half-hour in three feet of water; a waterproof valve maintains inner pressure. Price $575 Buy Now (High Sierra) High Sierra RS Series 21.5" Hardside Spinner High Sierra’s well-priced carry-on ticks two essential frequent-flier needs: four wheels that spin 360

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The Best Watches of 2016

Try these loyal wrist warriors for whatever you get up to. (Filson) Filson Scout  Traditionalist outfitter Filson combines mountain rugged with urban modern in this sturdy aviator watch with Shinola Argonite quartz movement. A scratch-resistant crystal with antireflective coating adds practicality, Super-LumiNova hands stay bright all night, and the thick bridle-leather strap lends an Old West feel to this hefty but handsome timepiece.  Price $700 Buy Now (Seiko) Seiko Prospex Solar Flight Computer Chronograph  “Flight Computer” refers to a series of bezel markings that help calculate your fuel consumption, speed, and distance—nothing you need in the age of onboard GPS,

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The Best Travel Shoes of 2016

Style meets comfort in these versatile kicks. (Clarks) Clarks Desert  This boot goes with everything: slacks, jeans, even shorts. The suede can handle a few scuffs and look even better for it, and we love the plentiful color options. The crepe sole added a bit of spring to our step. Price $130 Buy Now (Picolinos) Pikolinos Durban  Lots of dress shoes come across as staid. The Durban—with a pop of color on the sole to contrast with the rich leather—does not. It’s equally at home in the office as it is outside at a summer barbecue. Price $180 Buy Now

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The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The realm of sunglasses runs deep. They obscure the eyes, the windows of the soul. Concealment was, indeed, the whole point for 12th-century Chinese judges, who wore darkened lenses to hide their emotions. Today’s poker pros don them for the same reason. And admit it: you lurk behind your lenses and secretly scope out others. Cloaking devices and facial pheromones are what we’re talking about. That, plus performance and safety—seeing the world more clearly in the sunshine, so you can play better while protecting your eyes from discomfort and even permanent damage. Eyeballs are precious and irreplaceable. They deserve primo

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The Road Tripping Essentials of 2016

Anything can happen on the open road. Be ready. (Yeti) Yeti Tundra 75 Cooler  Lots of very cold beer, securely stowed—that’s why we like the Tundra 75. Essentially a portable fridge for your car (it’s 18 inches tall and 33 inches wide), this super-tough cooler holds 50 cans. And with nearly three inches of pressure-injected insulation in the walls and lid, it kept a bag of ice frozen for five days. Price $450 Buy Now (Thule) Thule Force L Cargo Box  When it comes to rooftop storage, the holy grail is lots of room in a low-profile design. Thule pulls

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The Best Women’s Travel Accessories of 2016

Kit up for your next weekend—or yearlong—getaway. (Lanston) Lanston Cutout V Maxi Dress  This long cotton dress has a touch of modesty, while side slits add some sass. Take it out to dinner or on a mellow trail. Price $158 Buy Now (Eagle Creek) Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Quick Trip Bag  Buy a bunch of these superlight (just one ounce!), tough organizers to store everything from toiletries to dirty laundry. Price $25 Buy Now (Filson) Filson Bucket Bag This twill and leather 21.5-liter tote makes the perfect carry-on, easily holding a book and an extra layer.  Price $160 (Seea) Seea

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