ExOfficio Kukura Skort

ExOfficio Kukura Skort

Here’s the thing about skorts: They’re the perfect blend of skirt and short that allow you to go about your big, crazy adventures. Skirts may be good for some things, but unless you’re into exhibitionism, they’re not optimal gear for many sports. So, add shorts, and you’re good.And over the years, the construction of skorts as cool sporty gear has improved. Take the ExOfficio Kukura Skort, for example. Its four-way stretch fabric is 92 percent nylon and 8 percent spandex, allowing for … [Read more...]

Revamped Treksta Kobra Shoes With BOA Lacing System

Treksta Kobra review

Once you go BOA, you'll never go back.Well, you may wish you could never go back anyway, that you could wave a magic wand and all your shoes would have the BOA closure system like these Treksta Kobra shoes do. Nothing to tie, retie, and bend over to tie again. A tight fit distributed evenly, with the ability to loosen that fit throughout with the turn of a dial. The ability to loosen the whole affair completely and pop your shoes off in two seconds flat by popping the dial out … [Read more...]

Eagle Creek eTools Organizer Pro Tames the Gadget Beast

eTools organizer pro

If you need to find a specific cord, charger, or gadget in your bag, how quickly can you do it? If you use this new eTools Organizer Pro from Eagle Creek, you might be able to answer "five seconds" because everything will be in one place.Despite all the great daypacks, messengers, and briefcases we review that have lots of gadget pockets, our expanding electronic paraphernalia often gets distributed all over in several places because there's so much of it. Items we never used to even think … [Read more...]

Oboz Emerald Peak hiking shoe


I've become quite the fan of Oboz Footwear. Now that I've been wearing their boots and shoes regularly for over a year, I can attest to the fact that Oboz doesn't mess around with quality. Their low-cut shoes are as rugged and sturdy as their high-topped boots, and their lightweight offers don't force you to sacrifice the security of your foot on all types of terrain.I've reviewed the Oboz Mystic Low BDry for a quality waterproof low-top option for trail hiking, and am now back with the … [Read more...]

LifeProof FRE Power Case

LifeProof FRE Power Case Practical Travel Gear

Everyone gets a bit attached to his or her favorite phone case. After all, if you use your phone as much as the average person, you want a case that works for you—whether your needs are stylish or functional.Once of my favorite cases for my iPhone is LifeProof. The brand is part of the OtterBox company, and both make great cases for smartphones. The main reason I like LifeProof better is that my phone gets the same rugged protection, but in a slimmer case. And when I’m constantly lugging … [Read more...]

Serengeti Lipari Sunglasses are Lightweight and Elegant

Serengeti Lipari Sunglasses are Lightweight and Elegant Practical Travel Gear 1

Giant sunglasses that take up half your face might be a good bet if you're a celebrity trying to stay incognito, but if you're driving down a sunny highway or carrying a pair of sunglasses in your shirt or jacket pocket, you probably don't want something twice as big as your smart phone. These Lipari sunglesses from euro-cool Serengeti do the job of protecting your eyes in a minimalist, elegant fashion.This is one of those designs that looks like it either defies physics or would fall apart … [Read more...]

Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women

Stylish Chaos Summit Breeze Sun Hat for Women Practical Travel Gear 1

Let's face it: most of the sun hats made for travelers are more about function than fashion. They're meant to protect you from the elements, be washable, and stay in your possession. Anything beyond that is "nice to have" but not essential.Some travelers aren't content with this though and would like to have something that actually looks fashionable instead of adventure-worthy. There are people like my wife who wouldn't be caught dead with anything bearing a chin strap and who are seemingly … [Read more...]

Patagonia CragDaddy 45L

Patagonia CragDaddy 45L Practical Travel Gear

The Patagonia CragDaddy is a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts and climbers for schlepping gear to climbing routes. It can easily hold ropes, racks, draws, and all your food and layers for the day, with plenty of pockets to keep things organized and a well-fitting shoulder harness to keep the load bearable. But what if you're not a climber? Buy the CragDaddy anyway, and be a poser like me.I never climb, but I love the CragDaddy for weekend trips during which wheeled luggage would … [Read more...]

Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent

Eureka Jade Canyon 6 tent Practical Travel Gear 2

The Eureka Jade Canyon 6 appears to be your standard single room dome tent. And it is: it's simple to set up, basic in design, and well-suited for general family or group camping. However, the Jade Canyon also has some interesting features worth looking at closely.First, the nuts and bolts: the Eureka Jade Canyon 6 weighs in at 16.2 pounds (yowza...but it's not meant to be anything but a base camp option) and offers 10×10 feet of floor space plus a generous ceiling height. It felt roomy … [Read more...]

Vulc N Vent Casual Shoes From Columbia Sportwear

Vulc N Vent Casual Shoes From Columbia Sportwear Practical Travel Gear 1

Consider this one a remixed classic. Columbia took the traditional vulcanized shoe design that's been around for decades via the likes of Vans and PF Flyers and put a whole new spin on it. Unlike those traditional shoes that can leave the soles of your feet hot and sweaty, these Vulc N Vent ones have vents built into the side that let the heat out.It's a little thing, but it makes a big difference. We've been reviewing a few shoes with Gore-tex Surround and although this design isn't as … [Read more...]