The new year has already been a busy one for the Gear Geek, with travels to high-altitude climes (Telluride, CO, and Chamonix, France), as well as the urban Mecca of Barcelona and the Caribbean’s most interesting (and largest) island, Cuba. All that globetrotting forced a variety of packing demands, from gear-intensive cold-weather outings that included resort skiing, fat-tire biking, ice climbing by headlamp, ingesting huge amounts of tapas, and wandering the cobblestone streets in the unforgiving heat of World Heritage-listed Trinidad, Cuba. More gear and reporting about those trips will come in the ensuing weeks, but here are seven items that served me well on the road, and have become must-haves for future travels.
1. Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel Bag, $329; 2. Allbirds Wool Runners , $95; 3. Outdoor Tech Kodiak 2.0 Charger , $50; 4. Smith Optics Guide’s Choice Sunglasses, $229; 5. Trew Lightweight Nuyarn Merino ¼-Inch Zip, $109; 6. Klettewerks Flip Backpack , $199; 7. Gobi Gear SegSac, from $20.
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Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).