My Favorite Travel Gear from this Summer

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Sunrise at the Outdoor Retailer Open Air Demo

My Favorite Clothes of the Summer

While at the Winter Outdoor Retailer retailer conference I stumbled across a brand that I’d dreamt of for a long time — a brand that is socially conscious and makes outdoors clothes that are functional and packable, but that also look stylish when you’re out on the town. That brand is called Nau.


In this photo, only my t-shirt is by Nau, but you can expect to see more from them on my gear updates in the future. This Nau Ayre t-shirt is a blend of organic cotton and Tencel, a quick-drying fibre. It’s lightweight, breathable, packable, and looks awesome.


The shorts are the USA-made Osmium Point Six Pant.

My Outdoor Photography Gear

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Hiking the hills above Salt Lake City. Photo by Emilie Warden

If you’ve been following my blog for any period of time, you know that I spend a lot of time outdoors taking photographs and compiling photoessays. I’m constantly on the lookout for new gear to help keep my cameras safe and creating the best images in a wide variety of environments.

Favorite Camera Bag

I’ve gone through a lot of camera bags in search of the ultimate outdoors bag for my gear. his year I’ve been using a 15L LowePro Flipside Sport, which is made specifically for outdoors photography. It carries a ton of gear, has a pocket specifically for a hydration system, comes with a rain cover, and, my favourite part, it rotates from your back to front on a waistband and then drops down and opens from the rear, effectively creating a table on which you can change cameras and lenses rather than putting your gear down in the dirt, mud, snow, or whatever other nastiness may be on the ground.

Hiking Shoes

I love shopping online for cheap outdoors gear. I picked up a sweet pair of Patagonia hiking shoes that I wear for all be the must extreme hikes (the were prefect for climbing to Angel’s Landing).  I was fortunate enough to run into the folks from Boa closure systems, who added their patented closure system to the shoes, which actually makes the shoes lighter (when wet) and fit better. Now I’m loathing the day that I’ll have to replace them.

Main Camera Body

Nikon D90: I love this camera, but I’m hoping to upgrade to the D600 soon and relegate this one to backup body.

Second Camera Body

Nikon D80: Which I will hopefully soon retire to the position of backup-backup camera. Interested in this camera? Make me an offer!


I shoot with all Nikkor lenses. I usually carry a 20mm f/2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.8, 18-105mm f/3.5 – 5.6, and 100 – 300mm f/4.5 – 5.6.

Video and Underwater 

I recently upgraded to a GoPro Hero 3 silver edition. It’s fantastic. The images are beautiful and the underwater capabilities are much better than the previous models.

My Mobile Office

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Working hard on Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by Emilie Warden

Both of my jobs are remote, so I frequently work on the road. My mobile office is pretty much just a 13″ Macbook Pro (though I’m planning to upgrade soon).

Last year I also picked up an Eagle’s Nest Outfitters Reactor hammock. It packs small and light, and can be put up in about ten seconds using the company’s Slap Strap.

What’s your favorite gear for travel and work? Have any suggestions for how I can improve my collection?


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6 thoughts on “My Favorite Travel Gear from this Summer”

  1. Hi Matt,It looks good. I like your exploration. By the way, I just email to you. Could you take a look? Thanks and hope to see you soon.

  2. Nice post Matt, I’m always curious about what gear other travellers and photographers are using. The lowepro bags are always stellar, I have a slingshot and a prorunner that I alternate between depending in destination. Hoping to upgrade some Nikon equipment soon too, have my eye on the 70-200 f/2.8!


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