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Guys have it easy. Women, who are tired of ditching layers or a harness or a pack when peeing, do not. The Sani-Fem is the lightweight answer: a small funnel that lets you keep your clothes on and stay upright. Because accidentally squatting in poison ivy is no fun.

In some outdoor spaces, you can simply dig a hole, cover it up, and leave your business behind. But if you’re in a sensitive ecosystem, or on the side of a big wall, you’ll be packing your poop out. Enter this puncture-resistant solution, with “Poo Powder” that turns waste into…

Every proper backcountry number two starts with a cathole, and this ultralight shovel gets the job done. It’s made from a tough but light aluminum and even has small teeth in case you run into any debris as you dig.

There are plenty of organic, biodegradable soaps out there, but it’s hard to beat the classic: Dr. Bronner’s. A liquid pure-castile soap (no chemicals or phosphates), it doubles as shampoo and bodywash. The label also makes for fun bathroom reading.

Not all Dopp kits are created equal. The North Face’s version is made from tough ballistic nylon that easily withstands shower spray and mist. More importantly, it has a wide opening, a flat bottom, and a hook, so it can sit upright on the countertop or hang from the showerhead,…

Forget stealing the hotel shampoo. Fill these durable Cordura bags with your shower and grooming essentials instead, and you’ll have everything you need in reusable, leakproof containers. Each weighs less than half an ounce and carries three ounces of liquid—well within TSA restrictions.

Whether you’re rinsing off after a bike ride or grabbing a quick shower at a hostel abroad, having your own towel comes in handy. This one is an ultralight option (6.4 ounces for the full-body version) that folds down to the size of a pocket square. It’s made from a…

Why waste time and materials cutting the end off a cheap plastic toothbrush when you could use this overdesigned model that folds into itself? Plus, the head is replaceable when the bristles wear out.

Showers are great—when you can take them. But it’s not always possible, so make sure you have a pack of these wipes in your kit. They’re extra thick but soft enough to use in the most sensitive places, and aloe vera and vitamin E moisturize as you scrub the grime…

Everything from a spare battery to a rainjacket

From stink-proof bags to double-duty sneaks, essential gear for working out on the road

From layers to shades, here’s what to take with you to prepare for rain or shine

Sweat-wicking skivvies for fresh-smelling adventures

She's one of the world's best cyclists, and she has her routine dialed

Seven products that make adventuring easier

The essentials this snowboarding pro will bring to the Olympic Village to help her perform at her best

We put together this list of seven essentials for keeping the groove going no matter where you are

Eight packable products that make workouts on the road as easy as room service

Because No-Shave November is the best time to start growing your beard

The ultrarunner and endurance coach’s must-haves for the trail and life

We put together a full no-compromise setup for under $2,000

Gleich, a professional ski mountaineer, spends a lot of time on the road. Here's the gear she always brings along.

It's rare for a product to stand the test of time, but these seven items are as good as they ever were

The writer and activist's nighttime essentials

Most gear evolves step by step. With this stuff, it’s by leaps and bounds.

A little hands-on experience is a much better performance investment than that tempting new upgrade or those mind-numbing hill repeats

The Arbor wallet ($40) looks and feels like it's made from leather but it's actually built from a thin and flexible, waxed and oiled wood.

Eight exceptional new timepieces

Seven items that the Mystery Ranch founder always has on the trail

From apparel to accessories, this gear will make sure your time on the water is well-spent

The Medium Duffel ($425) is one of 17 products that Filson recently launched in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The 20-liter bag is made in Filson’s Seattle factory, with weather-resistant twill and bridle leather. It meets all airline carry-on requirements.  The goal of the partnership is…

It takes more than a pack of toothpicks to feel fresh and clean on the road

Lots of light for just a little $

Mountaineering’s classic shades live on

Tear across any trail, whatever your style

Get maximum protection—and avoid nasty chemicals—with these eight natural sunscreens

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