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Our Favorite Travel Gear, Right Now

Wireless headphones, a lightweight “ultrabook” and a shape-shifting backpack — this is the gear we’re traveling with now.

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Welcome to Staff Travel Picks, where we select our favorites from the gear coming across our desks, in addition to mainstays in our kits. We’ll show you glimpses into the gear we’re testing and what we’re stoked on. Have something you think we should check out? Or just want to say hi? Drop us a line at travel@gearpatrol.com.

HYLETE Icon 6-in-1 Backpack

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The best pieces of luggage are discreet, hard-wearing and adaptable. HYLETE’s blacked-out Icon 6-In-1 Backpack is just that, offering wearers six unique conversions: a backpack, extended backpack, small duffle, large duffle, removable daypack and messenger bag. It also features padded and fleece pockets for a laptop and other accessories, and works perfectly as a carry-on bag when flying. – Presented by HYLETE

Receive 40% off the $250 retail price, use promo code: GEARPATROL

Buy Now: $250

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Headphones

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Wires should be the last thing on your mind in transit. With these headphones, they are. Plus they’re compact and have a long 17-hour battery life between charges.

Buy Now: $300

HP Spectre x360 Ultrabook

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HP’s new so-called “ultrabook” isn’t just thinner than the newly released MacBook Pro — it also boasts a larger display. The laptop runs on your choice of Intel i5 or i7 processor and comes with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

Buy Now: $1,049+

Dark Sky Weather App

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So your iPhone comes with a weather app. And Yahoo offers a very good one. Neither, however, are better than Dark Sky, which can tell you when it will rain or snow in your exact location, down to the minute. Yes, it costs money. No, it’s not a lot.

Buy Now: $3.99 (iTunes) Buy Now: Free (Android)

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