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Gear Review: Topo Designs Rover Pack

Topo Designs comes through with another practical, vintage rucksack with their Rover Pack. Similar in style to their popular Klettersack but in a more compact package, the Rover is a dependable and durable partner for both outdoor adventures and daily commutes.

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Topo Designs Daypack Review

Topo Designs' Daypack is built and bred as a stylish, functional classic. Its simple but eye-catching look is love at first sight. Everyday usability makes it a perfect lifelong companion.

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matador beast28 packable backpack review

Matador Beast28 Backpack Review

The Matador Beast28 lives up to its name as the brand’s flagship packable backpack. It packs small enough (4.5 x 8 in) to stash in a larger bag, but is large enough to carry a full day’s worth of gear. With a delicious mix of durability, utility, and packability, this pack has what it takes to be both an everyday carry companion and a traveler’s day trip mercenary.

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Matador Freerain24 Backpack Review

For travelers and backpackers looking for a waterproof backpack that packs down to a pocket-sized package, look no further than the Matador Freerain24. While this boundary-pusher inevitably has some drawbacks, it’s a versatile bag that’s a Godsend for layover-day excursions during long trips.

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Gear Review: Topo Designs Y-Pack

The Y-Pack is a fundamentally simple bag, but it holds up as well as Topo Designs' larger, more rugged packs. Its streamlined focus on the essentials makes it affordable and functional: an ideal combo for day trips and weekend ramblin'.

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Topo Designs Klettersack Review

The Topo Designs Klettersack is a throwback that salutes mountaineering while working well in the city. Here's how it did in our reviews and field tests.

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Write on the Run: 5 of the Best Traveler’s Notebooks

Sure, snapping photos on your phone or favorite camera will capture memories of a trip, but nothing beats good ol’ pen and paper for remembering where you’ve been and what you’ve done. By recording your memories in a notebook, you’ll always be able to look back and reminisce about the best (and maybe worst) parts of your travels.

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Gear Review: Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

The Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles are making quite a stir in the world of hiking stability. Hailed by many as a premium-quality pole at a bargain price, sites like the Wirecutter tout them as “the best for nearly everyone.”

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Gettin’ Dirty: 11 Waxed Canvas Woodworking Aprons Built to Last

Effort means getting your hands dirty, and for some folks – woodworkers, baristas, barkeeps and the like – the apron is an iconic staple of workwear. Few fabrics hold up as well as waxed canvas, which has been used in sailing cultures for hundreds of years, making it a no-brainer to handle all sorts of dirt, grime and grease.

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