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

This drone footage of Teahupoo shows just how beautiful and dangerous surfing can be

by Morgane Croissant

Dear backpackers, please stop stinking. Here’s your honest review of natural deodorants.

by Tylea Richard

6 Tips For Better Summer Photography

by Steven Shalowitz

2 new tools for next-level panoramas

by Joshywashington

The books that Chris McCandless and Cheryl Strayed took on the road

by Ailsa Ross

Surf therapy in Cape Town is changing lives

by Blaze Nowara

This surfer uses SUP boards to access the raddest street art spot ever

by Morgane Croissant

Mobile technology for Muslims is changing faith in Indonesia

by Riikka Haikarainen

In the drone race, Europe is killin’ it

by Paul Ames

7 items to smarten up your travel look while still being comfortable

by Lisa Millar-Jones

What journalists carry on the front lines: Nish Nalbandian, Syria

by Cengiz Yar Jr.

You have to watch this insanely detailed timelapse of Rio in HD

by Matt Hershberger

Ericeira: Portugal’s Surf Mecca

by Alex Hapgood

What journalists carry on the front lines: Monique Jaques, Middle East

by Cengiz Yar Jr.

A surfer’s guide to the Algarve Coast, Portugal

by Rhys Stacker

6 stocking stuffers for the adventure traveler in your life

by Katka Lapelosová

25 essential Christmas gifts for your favorite snowboarder

by Rory Moulton

7 things every traveler wants for Christmas

by Matt Hershberger
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