Photo: Tim Stelzer


It’s never about the gear. It’s about the journey the gear is made for.

And yet, over time, there are some pieces of gear – certain boards, bikes, boats, tents iPods, shorts, underwear, maps, packs, whatever it is – that inevitably become part of the story. They remind us of moments. Even just looking at them in the bottom of a drawer or hanging from rafters in the garage, can, momentarily, return all the feelings we had while traveling.

Matador community members, contributors, sponsored athletes, and friends all help us review gear and let us know how it performed (or didn’t) at ground level.

Gear Articles

9 pieces of gear NatGeo photographer Ben Horton always brings on an adventure shoot

by Ben Horton

Check this crazy Colorado squad winter camping in some gnarly windchill

by Brian Lewis

The 7 fundamentals of street photography

by James Bianchi

You’re supporting child labor by having a smartphone. Here’s how.

by Ana Bulnes

Here’s how to build the perfect sleeping platform in your van for under $50

by Carlo Alcos

7 things every traveler wants for Christmas

by Matt Hershberger

A look inside the rising surf culture of India

by Uma Muthuraaman

How using retro-lenses can expand your photography

by Anders Lonnfeldt


by David Miller

Guide to epic wildlife viewing along Utah’s Flaming Gorge-Uintas scenic byway

by Cathryn Hoyt

15 Dark Sky Festival images that make you want to head straight to Jasper

by Cassie Kos

13 signs you view travel like a snowboarder

by Tim Wenger

21 Instagrams that will inspire you to visit Los Angeles

by Nick Pachelli

Many people now have phones with 4k cameras. But how many could capture this story of London?

by Morgane Croissant

Ice skating the John Muir Trail might be the coolest thing you do this winter

by Morgane Croissant

Australia is betting your smartphone can save you from shark attacks

by Allison Jackson

This is how Facebook helps Syrian refugees get to Europe

by Riham Kusa

15 Instagrammers You Should Follow During Your Next Trip to Denmark

by Nick Pachelli
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