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  • Travel here, not there

    November 02 2021

    Travel here, not there

    We rounded up some of our favorite lesser known alternatives to popular travel destinations. These spots have all the appeal (if not more) with a fraction of the crowds. Instead of Rocky Mountain National Park, try Indian Peaks Wilderness Don’t get us wrong, Rocky Mountain National Park is an incredible place, and from our HQ here in Boulder, we’re lucky...

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  • How a packable backpack became the best hiking backpack of 2021

    October 20 2021

    How a packable backpack became the best hiking backpack of 2021

    Over the past year, Gear Patrol, Popular Mechanics, and HiConsumption put hundreds of backpacks through rigorous testing, ultimately looking for the best hiking backpack of 2021. Matched up against some of the biggest companies in the outdoor industry, in a competitive field filled with heavily-featured frame packs, the Beast18—a packable backpack—topped all three lists. Packability without compromise is something you'll...

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  • 5 Objective-Based Trips on the Water We're Eyeing

    August 18 2021

    5 Objective-Based Trips on the Water We're Eyeing

    Maybe it’s the fact that it’s still 90 degrees where we are in Colorado, or maybe it’s because we just upgraded our most waterproof packs and we want to put them to good use. Either way, we’ve been dreaming of some big travel objectives on the water and want to share the stoke. Here are 5 water-objective-based trips you should...

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  • How to Plan an Objective

    August 12 2021

    How to Plan an Objective

    For many well-seasoned, outdoor oriented travelers planning a ground up trip to an unpublished, unknown objective is a bucket list peak experience. As our National Parks and outdoor spaces get more and more crowded, the experience can feel more curated than ever. Antelope canyon has escape ladders bolted in the walls, Half Dome has cables up the steep part, folks...

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  • Testing the Advanced Series in Alaska

    August 08 2021

    Testing the Advanced Series in Alaska

    We took the new Advanced Series to Alaska to put the bags through some thorough testing on real objectives we've had our eyes on. Check out the new collection here.

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  • All about UHMWPE

    August 08 2021

    All about UHMWPE

    Recently a new kind of polymer has hit the outdoor fabric market: UHMWPE or ultra high molecular weight polyethylene. This material has a strength-to-weight ratio 15 times greater than steel and is being used to make modern bulletproof vests, commercial fishing nets, artificial hips and knees for joint replacements, and it's even replacing large steel chains in heavy industries all...

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  • Map tips you didn't know you needed

    August 03 2021

    Map tips you didn't know you needed

    When planning an objective, the difference between an epic day and getting skunked can come down to the quantity and quality of time spent researching beforehand. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the mapping and routefinding portion of you pre-trip planning. Satellite imagery The 800lb gorilla is obviously Google, and their Maps app is...

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  • Your Most Critical Piece of Travel Gear

    June 02 2021

    Your Most Critical Piece of Travel Gear

    We have a challenge for you. Imagine you have to go home and pack for a trip right now. But- you only have 10 minutes to pack, a 30 liter bag, and have no idea where you’re going. Ready, set, scramble! Turns out you’re going to the Galapagos for a week, hope you packed a rain shell. Maybe you missed...

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  • Matador Shop Talk: Camera Base Layer Overhaul

    April 27 2021

    Matador Shop Talk: Camera Base Layer Overhaul

    We took one of our best selling products and gave it a complete redesign. Matador founder Chris talks us through some of the design decisions the team made to take the Camera Base Layer to the next level.

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  • Ultralight Travel Tips (and what we think about them)

    April 12 2021

    Ultralight Travel Tips (and what we think about them)

    UL has been a movement in the through-hiking community for quite some time. Ultralight means much more in some circles than just low in weight, it has grown into a style of travel from trail to jet bridge. Around here, weight is pretty much always front of mind. It’s where we started, and reducing base weight has become a top...

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  • 9 epic US surf spots for your next vacation

    April 06 2021

    9 epic US surf spots for your next vacation

    Surf travel has a vibe all its own, one we are looking forward to soaking up this summer. Spending a little time working with Volcom’s team this past year on our collaborative surf travel line has us seriously anticipating our next surf trip. An excellent way to experience a little travel without straying too far from home, we have put...

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  • What does IPX6 rated waterproofing mean?

    March 23 2021

    What does IPX6 rated waterproofing mean?

    The term waterproof is thrown around an awful lot.  That’s why we’re taking our waterproofing to a whole new, third party certified, level. IPX6 is one of a few variations of IP code, or Ingress Protection Code.  IP Codes classify protection from both water and dust.  In the case of the new Base Layer Line, the protection IPX6 is referring...

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  • Choosing the best camera for travel

    March 17 2021

    Choosing the best camera for travel

    Today’s world of digital cameras is this endless maze of strange and seemingly arbitrary acronyms and designations. There are so many different makes and models that claim to do the exact same things. For someone relatively new to photography, navigating this landscape can be pretty time consuming. I’m Jonndre- Matador’s staff content creator, here to share my thoughts on travel...

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  • The New Beast Series Frame

    December 02 2020

    The New Beast Series Frame

    A frame does a lot for a pack. Responsible for distributing weight from the shoulder straps to the hip, the frame is a key part of any effective suspension system. For a pack designed to wear for long hours, covering long distances, or hauling any real weight- a good frame is the key to comfort. Matador®’s reinvented Beast Series Packs...

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  • Supplements to Travel With

    October 01 2020

    Supplements to Travel With

    Vitamin B If you’re like us, you probably land at your destination with a packed schedule and don’t have much time to be tired. Vitamin B is great for boosting energy and getting over jetlag.  One of the (many) active ingredients in 5 Hour Energy, you can skip the jitters that come with the energy drink alternatives and chew on...

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  • Leave No Trace: Travel Edition

    July 22 2020

    Leave No Trace: Travel Edition

    You’ve probably heard of the Leave No Trace principles by now. These 7 principles teach you how to be responsible and ethical in the outdoors. It includes guidelines like respecting wildlife, packing out your trash, and more. The general ethos is that when we’re in the backcountry we’re not in our own home, and it’s important to acknowledge and respect...

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