Outside columnist Jakob Schiller wrote an ode to these shorts and praised them for their versatility. “Buy two pairs, and I promise that they’ll be all you need from June through October for the next five years,” he writes.
Pro Tip: Cord Organizers Are a Travel Essential
We’ve been impressed with Thule’s luggage for a while now, and the PowerShuttle takes its bomber nylon design and shrinks it to offer an organizer with a series of pockets and elastic straps and enough room for batteries, wall adapters, cords, and headphones.
Instead of a bunch of elastic straps, you get a few mesh zippered pockets with Osprey’s Ultralight Roll. It’s simple and effective, and the beauty of pockets is that they’re big enough for whatever you need to take with you, from cords to pens to a deck of cards or multiple batteries. And they keep small items, like JumpDrives or SD cards, safe.
The Joto Organizer is just a sleeve, but one side is packed with customizable elastic straps so you can fit dozens of items, from keys to cords to pens as well as SD cards, your phone, and notebooks. The back side has a thin zippered pocket, great for a passport or some cash.
Peak Design takes a more holistic approach to organization with its Tech Pouch, which opens a bit like an accordion and has slots that can accommodate sunglasses, a wallet, phones, and boxier items like a MacBook wall plug. There are smaller slots for thin cords and pens, as well as a pass-through slot and an exterior pocket, so you can connect your phone to a battery on the inside of the pouch.
We featured the Rylo in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best cameras. “Rylo’s dual-lens camera shoots video in 360 degrees, so you get everything,” our tester wrote. After you're done shooting, the easy-to-use app lets to choose the best footage for your clip.
Featured in our 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide, this cocktail set lets you get classy at the campsite. The set includes a 20-ounce shaker, strainer lid, jigger cap, citrus reamer, and two sturdy double-wall rocks glasses.
We gave this jacket a Gear of the Show award in 2018 because of its innovation in convenience. “686 built a water bladder into the powder skirt, with a tube that runs up the inside of the jacket, near the zipper, ending with a bite valve right at your chin,” we wrote.
This speaker was our top pick in our roundup of portable bluetooth speakers. “The Newport is a go-almost-anywhere midsize speaker that does retro and does it really well,” our tester said. With its classic look, easy-to-use controllers, and rich sound, it’s a speaker that rises above the rest.
The Featherweight was included in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide as one of the best pieces of women’s hiking gear. Tester Stephanie Pearson writes, “These nylon-elastane trousers are streamlined, with two unobtrusive zip pockets, straight legs, and a wide elasticized waistband.”
In 2018, we called this jacket “the holy grail of waterproof jackets.” “It feels softer than a soft shell but as waterproof as any hard shell I’ve used,” our tester said. If you want a jacket that covers all the bases with weatherproofing, breathability, and stretch, look no further than the Interstellar.
Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. “It has a laid-back style that goes great with jeans and even better with boardshorts, making it a versatile layer on the river or around town,” our tester said.
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