Gear Reviews

Gear Guide 2012: Backcountry Solutions Geek Pocket

A backpacker-friendly smartphone or GPS case that doesn't block signals

Waypointers adore this protective sleeve, which attaches to a pack strap and secures a GPS (or smartphone) without inhibiting signal access. A tab over the open top kept contents from sliding out when testers scrambled or bent over to adjust their boot laces, and the fleece lining protects lenses and LCD screens. “I got shots with my iPhone that I would’ve missed fumbling with an unnecessarily complicated compartment,” says our gear editor. $23; 1.7 oz.;