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Gear Picks of the Year: Road Trip
We've found the year's best gear for road trips, including a GPS, running shoes, a road bike, iPod goodies, more.
Text by Steve Casimiro, with gear recommendations from Adventure's Retail Advisory Board 

Photo: Running shoes

Gear Picks of the Year for Six Environments:

Desert  |  Forest  |  Mountain  |  Road Trip  |  Snow  |  Water

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1. The Running Shoe (pictured above)
With all the gimmicks and technology crammed into road shoes these days, it's easy to forget that the ideal trainer perfectly melds cushioning, support, and fit. Of all the candidates we tried, that harmony was best achieved in the Adidas Supernova Cushion 7. This everyday roadster has separate cushioning units in the forefoot and heel, which along with an EVA foam sock liner make for an incredibly smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off  ($90;

2. The Base Camp
Coolest. Camper. Ever. The SylvanSport GO is the camp trailer for people who've never even thought about camp trailers. Light enough to be pulled by a Mini Cooper, the GO unfolds into a Kelty tent that sleeps four and has some seven feet of headroom, screened windows, and a dining table. It also features 24 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) of internal gear storage and the ability to host a roof rack for bikes, boats, and anything else ($7,900;

3. The Luggage
"Smart" and "luggage" don't usually inhabit the same sentence, but the Eagle Creek Take 2 ORV Trunk 28 bucks the trend. The 3,050-cubic-inch (49,980-cubic-centimeter) main bag has an easy-to-clean laminated lining for hauling dirty gear, while the zip-off duffel carries on easily and has three compartments for travel necessities ($320;

4. The iPod Watch
If only most electronics worked as flawlessly as the Timex Ironman iControl. Plug its tiny radio transmitter into your iPod or iPhone and, voilà, you can change the song and volume with buttons on the watch. No more breaking stride to change up the tempo, and you still get all the features of Timex's number one wrist-top trainer ($125;

5. The Dashtop GPS
GPS just became genius. The Garmin nüvi 770 features all the portability and touch screen smarts of older models but adds two innovations: Press "Where Am I" and the 770 displays the closest hospital, police station, and gas station; take it with you when you park and it automatically remembers where you left the car. Artificial intelligence does exist ($1,000;

6. The Bike Jersey
There's no doubt that the soft, natural hand of a wool bike jersey tops clammy Lycra. Still, most riders throw that logic aside in the heat of summer. Too hot. The solution is the itch-free women's SmartWool Ewetopia. It's made from the lightest all-wool fabric available, breathes like a dream, and sports a 5.5-inch (14-centimeter)  front-zip for serious venting ($90;

7. The Scooter
Go Green
Electric cars may have a way to go, but their two-wheeled brethren are here and kicking butt. The Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter plugs into a standard wall outlet, gets between 40 and 60 miles per charge (64 and 97 kilometers per charge), and goes from zero to 50 in 6.8 seconds. The low center of gravity makes it easy for noncyclists to control, and charging time is just three hours. Best of all, this isn't vaporware: The Vectrix is available at dealers now ($11,000;

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