Gear Advice

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UPF Clothing: Smart Sun Protection

Clothing is your first line of defense in protecting your skin from the sun.

Ever wonder how UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing works to deliver protection from the sun? Can it really be all that different from any other clothing? The answer is yes. And no. Clothing is your first line of defense in protecting your skin from the sun, and all clothing affords at least some protection. But some textiles do the job better than others, and clothing that bears a UPF rating in particular is up to the task. Read on for answers to common questions about intelligent clothing that can safeguard your sensitive skin from the sun.

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The Packable Lightweight Rain Jacket

Every seasoned traveler will agree the packable lightweight rain jacket is essential gear for the road.

The packable lightweight rain jacket is indispensable gear that rises to the occasion so you won’t need to run for cover, even if you must sidestep a few puddles on the path. But they’re not all the same. A closer look suggests key questions to ask when choosing this essential piece of outerwear.

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Choosing the Best Sunglasses for Sight Fishing

Not only do sunglasses protect your peepers, they can go a long way in helping you catch more fish.

Fishing sunglasses are essential to any fisherman’s gear, regardless of where or how you fish. When hooks are whizzing through the air, there is a real danger of catching one in and around the eye. Ask any guide, and they will probably have a horror story to tell. Here are some things to consider:

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Traveling With Gear

Being able to carry all the things you want and need is essential to your well-being on any trip.