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Gear reviews from top travel experts. We test a lot of gear here at Wildland Adventures, so we decided to share the gear we think is the best and most useful for our travelers.

THE TRIFECTA EFFECT: Tank, Fleece and Shell for your next Trek While hiking the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, part of what makes the experience so exceptional is the vast array of microclimates you pass between. Though absolutely incredible, it can present its self as a challenge when creating a packing list. This past August when I was hiking the Inka Trail, I couldn’t have been more thankful for the three lightweight layers I ended up living in (and out of) while hiking. Here are three excellent choices for the perfect trifecta of hiking layering for your upcoming trek from ExOfficio! LAYER ONE: The quick drying and wicking GO-TO TANK for when the sun (much closer at such high elevations) beats down overhead. The wicking and quick dry is critical because, though you will be feeling quite hot while on the move, the wind will give you unwelcomed chills when you stop if you are wet with sweat.  LAYER TWO: The lightweight...

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The Up For Anything Shirt I have been meaning to write a gear review about my favorite shirt for a long time because my ExOfficio Reef Runner™ Shirt absolutely deserves a shout out. It has stood up to everything I've thrown at it; not only has it stood up to the test, but it's the only shirt that I feel like I could literally wear anywhere and in any situation. This shirt has been with me while guiding trips around the world, journeying across the Sahara, backpacking through our National Parks, downhill mountain biking in Canada, salsa dancing in Madrid's discotecas and even doing a "Man Test" in Montana. On this adventure I took only my ExOfficio shirt, a pair of pants and a furry Montana hat and headed out into the backcountry to see if I could survive with nothing else. I've even worn this shirt going out on first dates! If that doesn't show faith in a product,...

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Northface Women's Horizon II pants I got my first pair of Women's Horizon II Pants (black) about four years ago for a safari in Africa and since then that’s the only type of pants I like to travel with. They are especially nice for traveling in Central America, where I work and play. Since then I've bought two other pairs in beige and olive green. They are perfect for the sometimes intense tropical weather conditions you can find at these destinations. The pants are super light weight, dry very quickly and offer a lot of mobility and flexibility for climbing, hiking and trekking. They also feature roll up cuffs with tabs to keep the hems out of mud or pools of waters and provide some relief when it gets too hot. Having a good pair of pants in the jungle is important because they can also protect you from bug bites. It has a secure-zip...

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The Art of Organized Packing My first step for packing for any adventure is to write my pack list and the second is to pull out my packing cubes and my RuMe Reveal Pockets . When traveling with all of my belongings on my back, I try to stay as organized as possible. I can’t count how many times my Ziploc bags have broke during travel and The RuME pockets are a great solution. They are durable, lightweight and TSA approved. The packing cubes are also great as you can see through them and they are flexible - no need to sit on them to make them close! I put dirty clothes in one, my clean clothes in another and my son’s clothes in a third. Finally, my dirty shoes get a fully-closed cube. When you get to your hotel, just pull out the cubes and you are unpacked! Or go to the beach with one...
Anne's Special Leopard Skin Camo Gloves for Wildlife Photography This month our expert travel specialists at Wildland Adventures are sharing  blog reviews of their favorite travel gear. Here's a one-of-a-kind, you-won't-find-anywhere-else, glove with special powers used by Anne Kutay, VP of Wildland Adventures. Like Lord of the Rings, this glove is Anne's "precious" secret that brings her close to nature to capture spectacular wildlife images like the ones below with her Canon Powerpoint and Apple Ipad.  Anne walked right up to this pride of lions in the morning sunlight and captured this shot behind the cloak of her leopard skin camo glove...they never saw her coming.     This wild dog popped its head up from the carcas of its kill when it sensed something in the vicinity. But with Anne Kutay's camo glove, she was invisible to the bloody dog and was able to capture this close up.  Another wild dog in the pack sensed her presence but...
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