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

Infographic: 2016’s best travel hacks and tips

by Alice Latham

This crew’s road trip from Montreal to Baja will make you super fired up to go travel

by Alice Latham

This abandoned multi-million dollar resort on the coast of Nova Scotia is now a skater paradise

by Cathy Brown

What gear I took with me to shoot a paddleboarding adventure in Moab

by Ben Horton

Your fleece jacket is made of plastic and ruining the environment

by Carlo Alcos

This pro snowmobiler from Minnesota just crushed downtown St. Paul like it was his personal playground

by Cathy Brown

My Snapchat has recently been blowing up. Here’s how I made it happen

by Alicia Drewnicki

8 Salt Lake City skiers and boarders who are taking it to the next level

by Colin Heinrich

This Native American designer creates stunning fashion without cultural appropriation

by Amanda Machado

10 ways Whistler Blackcomb is raising the bar on ski travel

by Tim Wenger

25 apps for digital nomads

by Kristyna Zapletalova

Infographic: How to buy a camera drone

by Alice Latham

I crashed my drone into a river in Panama

by Blaze Nowara

Check this crazy Colorado squad winter camping in some gnarly windchill

by Brian Lewis

The 7 fundamentals of street photography

by James Bianchi

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

by Ben Horton

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
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