BioLite's Cookstove has an integrated battery, which powers a fan for efficient cooking. Plus, four fan speeds control flame size, enabling you to boil water fast or just simmer.
6 Travel Tripods for the Budget-Conscious Photographer
Joby revolutionized tripods with the GorillaPod, which has legs that adjust to uneven surfaces and can wrap around all kinds of objects. The 1K is small, with a ball-head attachment that works with cameras of up to 2.2 pounds. If you want something beefier, go for the 5K.
The Corey is a budget-friendly option with a ton of features, like microadjustments on the legs and head, which let you get the steady shot and angle you need. We dig the interchangeable feet—they give you security on a variety of terrain. It's big (it weighs over three pounds and is almost 14 inches long when folded), but it extends to a 58 inches tall and can support cameras of up to 30 pounds.
The RoadTrip Air folds down to just 11 inches long, so you can squeeze it into a backpack, but then it extends to 61 inches, so you get a relatively tall stand for an economical price. It’s built from aluminum (instead of the more expensive carbon), and it can hold a DSLR or a smartphone.
Stability is the key to the Square Jellyfish, which can hold an oversize iPhone 7+ steady in horizontal or vertical position. The key is the metal frame, which gives the infrastructure that wraps around the smartphone more of a backbone.
This looks like a little selfie stick, but it’s actually a lightweight (2.25-ounce) tripod built specifically for the GoPro. As an extension rod, it’ll help you nail hard-to-get angles (and make sure your thumb is out of the frame). Convert it into a tripod and you can stabilize the frame or get group shots.
Much like the GoPro Shorty, the Pixi works as a handheld grip or a traditional tripod, depending on how you configure it. But this one is built for small DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras, and it has a ball-head design that allows you to microadjust the camera angle.
Platypus is known for its compressible water bottles, but the brand has been perfecting their line of hydration packs since 2013. The Tokul X.C. 8.0 is a minimalist pack with a 9-liter capacity and a 3-liter reservoir included.
Roark Revival bills the Layover as made for travel, but really it performs in all kinds of situations. The slim fit looks good anywhere, and cotton, nylon, and elastane mean these pants move and breathe well. Also, there are nice details aplenty, like the vented mesh panel on the back of the waist for more breathability and the dedicated cell-phone (or passport) pocket.
Like many other pants made for the outdoors, the Konfidant is constructed from a light and breathable blend of cotton, nylon, and spandex. But the real story with these pants is the vents. They’re everywhere—in the rear pockets, in the front pockets, in the thigh pockets, on the back of the knees, and in the crotch. The idea is to keep air moving so you stay cool when you’re on the trail.
You probably haven’t worn a pair of cargo pants in a while, and we don’t blame you—they’re often too baggy and dorky. But 686 has reimagined this nineties staple. The Anything Multi is made from a streamlined, stretchy, and breathable nylon-spandex blend coated in DWR. And it has 13 pockets, including RFID-blocking and phone-specific ones integrated seamlessly into the design.
Vuori takes the casual sweatpant aesthetic (complete with a drawstring waistband) but blends the cotton with spandex for a comfortable four-way stretch. A gusseted crotch adds even more mobility. The Ripstop Climbing is tough but light enough to wear through summer. Back- and side-zippered pockets keep valuables secure, even when you’re high off the ground.
Duer is known for creating stretchy, performance-friendly denim, but its new Weightless pants take things to the next level. The pair weighs just six ounces and has spandex for that signature stretch but also an antibacterial treatment to combat stink and breathable CoolMax fibers that wick moisture. Chances are these will be the lightest jeans in your closet.
Consider these a must for any outdoorsman’s wardrobe. The Quandary is made from 95 percent nylon and 5 percent spandex for a light, stretchy pair of pants that dries super quickly. We like the wicking mesh on the waistband, the zippered rear and thigh pockets, and that most of that nylon is recycled.
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