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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Trekking: The Board Bag might just quell your surfboard-hauling woes

Carry up to three surfboards right on your back.
Living

Trekking: 5.11 Tactical’s Operator is an axe of all trades

The Operator Axe represents the perfect blend of form and function. The stainless-steel tool touts 24 functions, which let you skirt your toolshed entirely.
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Trekking: The Owyhee Rod can go wherever you might wander

The telescoping Owyhee Rod makes lugging all your necessary fishing gear a bit easier, offering a walnut spool and 13 feet of length when fully extended.
Living

Trekking: The Timberleaf Trailer is a Subie owner’s dream

The aptly-titled Timberleaf Trailer is 1,2000-pound, mobile dwelling that doesn't require a Ford F-350 to move. The skylight is just an added plus.
Living

Big concepts, small batches, and the world of North St. Bags

The folks at North St. Bags pride themselves on American-made, small-batch manufacturing that's geared toward the PNW and beyond. And they totally should.
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Trekking: Get lifted with Tentsile’s Trillium Hammock and tree tents

Tentsile's suspended dwellings provide 360-degree views, along with ample sleeping room and storage space for any equipment you might string along.
Fashion & Style

MVMT Watches prove you can have sleek style with petty pricing

You don't need to pay an upwards of $500 for a proper timepiece. MVMT Watches makes brilliant wears that tout ample style at a fraction of the cost.
Outdoors

Trekking: Get back to the basics with Filson’s Wedge Tent

The apt-titled Wedge Tent is a lesson in old-school design
Living

Trekking: Track in style with the Escobedo Sea Dart

Constructed of Joubert marine plywood and built using the timeless lapstrake method, the Dart is a canoe-kayak hybrid that's looks as great as it performs.
Fashion & Style

The strata-focused Layer Leather brings the stadium to your wrist

The Minus-8 Layer Leather uses established Japanese movements and layered strata to bring a futuristic touch to a timeless design that anyone can savor.
Living

Trekking: Hit the slab with these 10 bouldering essentials

There's more to bouldering than a pair of climbing shoes and crash pad. Check out some of our favorite climbing essentials for your next date with crag.
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Trekking: The Fly Wallet lets you stash your flies with style

Few recreational sports offer the kind of natural serenity fly fishing affords. Crafted of high-grade leather and wool, the Fly Wallet allows you to store up to 16 flies of your choice, whether you opt for your own or a curated package.
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Trekking: Sanborn paddles are as functional as they are handsome

Cousins Zak Fellman and Todd Randall have been hand crafting their wooden canoe paddles for more than six years. They're gorgeous, hand-painted and built to last, rendering them as suitable for your cabin wall as the open water before you.
Outdoors

Trekking: The Nubé 2.0 is a lofted, 3-season delight

The latest iteration of Sierra Madre's Nubé takes camping innovation to new heights, with a rainfly, bug netting, and built-in storage compartment in tow.
Living

Trekking: Strap in and step up with our favorite crampons

Trekking in the snow requires more than a pair of cargo shorts and synthetic-leather boots. Check out five of our favorite crampons, from the likes of Black Diamond, Petzl, and Hillsound.
Living

Trekking: The Sky Nest takes camping to new heights

Snow Peak's Sky Nest lets you sleep suspended between two trees, allowing you to swap uneven ground and wet terrain for lofty views of the backcountry.
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Trekking: Step into Spring with our favorite backcountry packs

The right backpack can make all the difference when you have 55 pounds strapped to your back. Here are four of our current favorites, from REI to Deuter.
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Trekking: Yes, the roof of this camper moonlights as a boat

The American Dream Trailer is a compact, customizable camper that sleeps two and features a detachable rowboat that conveniently doubles as a secondary roof.
Living

Trekking: The Smart Outdoor Watch lives up to its name

Casio's forthcoming WSD-F10 combines Android Wear with a wealth of built-in sensors, culminating in a tool that looks to be your next backcountry companion.
Living

Trekking: The NightShift V2 is as subtle as it is suitable

Proper catch-all bags are hard to come by, but Seagull Bags' flagship backpack is just as suited for your morning bike ride as your next backcountry trek.
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Trekking: Get caffeinated with our favorite camping coffee makers

A percolator is a classic, but it's not always the most convenient. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best coffee tools for your next backpacking venture or excursion.
Living

The Pendleton Limited Edition is built for the outdoors (not your budget)

So, what do you get when two iconic brands partner in honor of the National Park Service's centennial? A rustic, high-class camper that will make you drool.