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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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.

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.

Trekking: The HC1 brings the retro vibes to the road

Dedicated motorhomes might be overrated, but the Happier Camper HC1 is anything but. The towable camper brings retro flair to a modern, modular design.

Trekking: The Buffalo Tent Is Probably Bigger Than Your Aparment

Alien Buffalo's tipi-like structure can be set up in mere minutes and sleeps up to 14 people. When collapsed, it's also roughly the size of your club bag.

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.

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.