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Traveler's Gear Box

Our park-trotting reviewers provide their thoughts on gear you might consider.

Traveler's Gear Box: Showers Pass Syncline Jacket

A versatile, lightweight jacket that keeps you warm and dry (from both rain and perspiration) is critical for any outdoor enthusiast. Although the Showers Pass Syncline jacket is designed with cyclists in mind (it’s named after a mountain bike trail in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington), it also proved to be a good fit for a variety of activities.

Traveler's Gear Box: A Tale Of Shell Jackets

Spend enough time outdoors in the national parks, and you'll need a good shell jacket that sheds water, both that falling from the sky and that which your body generates when active. While many jackets do a good job of keeping you dry from falling precipitation, many aren't quite as efficient with venting your perspiration. But a new line of shells from Mishmi Takin seems to have solved that vexing problem.

Traveler's Gear Box: The 3D Atlas Of Zion National Park

It's not often that I'm stopped in my tracks by a product. After a quick loop through our local REI in Salt Lake City a while back, I headed over to International Mountain Equipment just a few doors away. This small shop is the real deal for climbers and outdoors people. It's the type of store that sells things you'll use for decades until they wear out. So, as I looked over some climbing nuts and harnesses I spotted a book on the glass counter: the 3D Atlas of Zion National Park in Utah. Sounded interesting.

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