Hitting the road doesn’t mean leaving convenience behind. From buffalo jerky to Bluetooth speakers, carry these five products to travel strong in 2015-16.
No mistake here. Patagonia puts their money where your mouth is with 100% grass-fed, free-range American bison jerky. Testers were surprised by the pleasant flavor, evocative graphics and shelf-stable packaging (for unopened freshness up to one year). Dump antibiotic- and hormone-treated options to roam with Patagonia in your pack.
Best For: Daily snacking, reliable nutrition on the journey
Whether you tote speakers to spur quiet reflection or to fuel frenzy among friends, Braven’s always a solid choice. Armored with aircraft-grade aluminum, BRV-Pro carries the chords for 15 hours of IPX7 waterproof performance. Apart from the so-so charging hatch hardware, everything blares bombproof. Volume levels and bass reproduction are Earth-shaking without getting sloppy. Ready with a 2200mAh power bank and built-in speakerphone, Pro’s part of a system that includes optional solar panels and mounting accessories.
Best For: Upgrading your road trip experience, rethinking home listening
There’s a time to get sweat-crusty and beach sand-embedded around an ocean-side bonfire. Likewise, shedding barnacles and trail dust has its moments. At 19” square, Nano packs enough cleaning power for fast-n-lighters to fake their way into remote roadside taverns or touring cyclists to get served Slurpees at the 7-11. Active Junky’s experience with PackTowl technology puts the brand head and shoulders above other options to quick-clean, shower or even employ as a bandana. Minimal size and weight mean no excuses for leaving Nano at home.
Best For: Every adventure, carrying at the ready
Ridiculous. That’s Active Junky’s summary after revisiting this minimalist sandal in recent weeks. At well under $50, an EVA footbed and Durabrasion rubber outsole trump no-name offerings in the traction and longevity departments. Ankle and forefoot hook and loop adjustments turn mid-width polyester webbing into a secure fit across varied terrain. As the second pair in most travel scenarios, Universal provides welcome relief from skin-tight climbing shoes, heavier trekking boots or clompy cycling footwear. Don’t walk past this one simply because of the (lower) price. The Original is not about to be forgotten in the here-and-now.
Best For: Packing for casual wear, serving as back up pair
Featuring a 3.6” blade, Zoom races into any challenging situation; the knife’s patented assisted opening system takes only one thumb to operate. Not to worry about accidental deployment as a positive locking mechanism stands guard in pocket or pack. SOG’s clip point AUS-8 steel blade slices cleanly while the rear serrations chew through rope and small branches. Active Junky recommends this combination blade, made even more effective by Zoom’s contoured, smartly balanced aluminum handle. Don’t cheap out if you’re going somewhere (anywhere, really) that requires fabricating or fixing – including first aid scenarios. Make Zoom your focus today.
Best For: Everyday carry (EDC), investing in travel essentials