Yes, even our most passionate GPS geeks still use paper maps. And now they have a much better way to carry them. This tri-fold, waterproof map case attaches vertically along a pack’s shoulder strap, and it’s an improvement over all other methods because it tucks discreetly out of the way when not in use, but is still easy to reference: Just undo the Velcro strap to view the map through the clear plastic pane. It’s also a great place to store photocopied guidebook pages. Pros Doesn’t flap around like dorky necklace-style map cases. Cons Heavier and pricier than a zip-top bag. ospreypacks.com
Navigating off-trail or in wet conditions
Duration July to Dec.
Conditions/locale Rain and gusty winds in CO, UT, WY
“Does your route fall along the edges of two USGS quads? Make a color photocopy so you can center the map inside the case.”