Brandon Widder

Brandon Widder

Brandon Widder is a journalist and a staff writer for the Manual and its brother site, Digital Trends, where he covers tech news, how-to guides, and more. In his free time, he moonlights as a freelance music writer for the Portland alt-weekly, Willamette Week, and enjoys venturing around the wilds of the Pacific Northwest when he's not putting together his weekly "Trekking" column for the Manual. Follow him @BrandonWidder.

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Outdoors

8 Best Backpacking and Camping Flasks for the Trail and Beyond

All that hiking will make your thirsty, but lugging a six-pack is exhausting. You need a flask fit for the job.
Outdoors

Drink Dirty Water Without Worry Using the LifeStraw Filter

More than 780 million people lack access to clean water. With the LifeStraw, you don't have to be one of them—even while trekking in the backcountry.
Culture

The Wood-Fired Soak is the Winter Antidote We Need

The Soak takes a cue from Japanese Ofuro tubs and outfits it with aluminum and red cedar, resulting in a minimalist design that's easy on the eyes and back.
Outdoors

Trekking Shoes: The FEIT Wool Hiker Might be the Plushest Boots in Existence

A single craftsman makes each pair of FEIT's iconic boots, outfitting them with buffalo-leather insoles and a rigid outsole built for nearly any scenario.
Culture

Trekking: The Hults Bruk Jonaker is backpacker’s delight

Hatchets come in all shapes and sizes, but few of them are as exceptional as those courtesy of Hults Bruk. The compact Jonaker is the perfect case in point.
Outdoors

Trekking: Trade in your two-man tent for a tipi with Kifaru

The iconic tipi may not be as common as it once was, but that hasn't stopped Colorado's Kifaru International from designing the apt-titled Tut 4 Man.