Welcome to my Gear and Travel Recommendations page. This is a compilation of goods and services that I consider the absolute best in their class. Not just good. Not just awesome. Just best in class.
You can only get on the Gear and Travel Recommendations page one way: do what you do better than anyone else. Some of the companies and products listed here sent me samples to test (notice the asterisks). Others, I paid for my own self.
The Inn at Northrop Station – Portland, Ore. (US). Near Portland’s Pearl District, on the streetcar line, includes kitchens/utensils, reasonably priced.
Grand Hotel Minneapolis – Minneapolis, Minn. (US). Full gym, comfortable rooms, decent price.
Port O’Call Eco-Lodge – Port Douglas, Aus. Cool decor, quiet, still close to the fun in Port Douglas.
Skotel Alpine Resort – Whakapapa, NZ. A lake view, a kitchen, airy design.
Woodlyn Park – Waitomo, NZ. Inexpensive and serene – plus the themed rooms will blow you away.
Asiana Airlines – Intercontinental and inter-Asia flights. First-rate service.
Norwegian Air Shuttle – Serving Nordic countries and beyond; also some intercontinental long-haul flights.
Qantas – Connects the world to Australia. A fun airline with solid service.
CarboRocket – Sports drink mixes that keep my pedals turning … and taste good while using natural ingredients!
Nuun – Low-calorie electrolyte drink tablets. I’m a big fan of the Kona Kola.
Primal Strips* – Vegan jerky snacks. Nice and salty for long days on the go.
Rise Bar* – Nutrition for on-the-go people
Skratch Labs – A sports drink with ingredients you can pronounce and performance you can count on.
Ergon Bike Ergonomics – The only MTB grips I use.
First Ascent – Awesome down and PrimaLoft jackets.
Kuhl Clothing – Comfy technical and casual wear.
Night Ize – Makers of fine camping/outdoor handy bits you never knew existed.
Pentax – Look beyond Canikon, and be rewarded.
Petzl – Hands-free lighting.
Raleigh Bicycles – Makers of my belt-drive SS 29er!
Santa Cruz Bicycles – Makers of my dual-suspension go-anywhere MTB.
Stan’s No Tubes – Terrific mountain bike wheelsets and flat-tire protections.
Switch Sunglasses – My favorite sunglasses ever. Not just the fast lens switching, but the optics.*
tasc Performance* – My top choice of workout wear. Made from eco-friendly, stink-free bamboo.*
X-Fusion Shox – An affordable but high-performance alternative to the big MTB shock makers.
The North Face – Awesome tents and sleeping bags.
Wilderness Trail Bikes – Excellent mountain bike rims and saddles (I’m sure their other stuff is great, but these are the products I’m most familiar with). Some of the most-friendly customer support you’ll encounter anywhere.
Adventure Tours Australia – The people who can lead you to the Australian Outback for some real adventure.
Agrodome Rotorua – Rotorua, NZ. An adventure park with activities you won’t see anywhere else.
Core CrossFit – Phoenix, Ariz. (US). A great place to get fit for your next adventure.
Franz Josef Glacier Guides – Franz Josef, NZ. The authority on checking out Franz Josef Glacier.
Glacier Guides – Iceland. Experts in getting you to the wild parts of Iceland.
Hub Event Productions – Arizona (US). Pros at putting on athletic events.
Legendary Black Water Rafting Company – Waitomo, NZ. Check them out for caving adventures.