House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earth-Friendly Headphones

House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earth-Friendly Headphones Practical Travel Gear

This pair of earbuds not only gives you good quality audio sound, but also makes you feel good thanks to its eco-friendly construction. The House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earth-Friendly Headphones feature a smart-looking wood covering on the ear bud itself crafted from FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) wood.On the front of the earbud, the casing is crafted from recycled aluminum. While that may sound less than comfortable, the earpiece fits snugly and softly in the ear and is … [Read more...]

Grain Audio OEHP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

Grain Audio OEHP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones Practical Travel Gear

This wood-paneled pair of headphones is perhaps the most stylish headgear I have seen. I am always amused by how people walk around the airport or city streets with gigantic headphones on as if they were working the NASA Space Station. Most of the time, they are bulky and look plain silly.Grain Audio's Solid Wood over-ear headphones are certainly big, but extremely elegant. I would not be embarrassed to don these while parading around the plane. But, there is more to them than … [Read more...]

Soul Electronics Soul Flex Sport Earbuds

Soul Electronics Soul Flex Sport Earbuds Practical Travel Gear

This comfortable pair of sport earbuds from Soul Electronics is ideal for frequent travelers that like to work out on the road. It also perfect for those that want to listen to music or make phone calls while walking to and from work or through a busy airport.They are extremely lightweight and have a rubbery consistency that is designed to conform to your ear. Their best feature combats one of the biggest irritations of earbuds: that they can pop out at the most inconvenient times. The … [Read more...]

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless Headphones

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless Headphones Practical Travel Gear

This slim pair of wireless headphones has a multi-purpose whether it’s rocking out to tunes or answering calls via its Bluetooth capability.The Sol Republic Shadow wireless earphones are exceptionally comfortable that fits to your collar and moves along with you. There is nothing I hate more than headphones that slide off your head when leaning forward to get something from my briefcase or when walking quickly through an airport. Luckily, the headphones are water (and sweat) resistant.A … [Read more...]

Tweedz No-tangle Earbuds

Tweedz No-tangle Earbuds Practical Travel Gear 3

It's one of those Murphy's Law things that's hard to avoid: no matter where your earbuds have been or how they're stored, it always seems to take a minute to untangle them before you can start cranking the tunes. With these Tweedz earbuds wrapped in braided nylon thread, however, you can avoid the tangle hassle.If there's one thing nearly everyone has on them when traveling these days, it's a pair of headphones or earbuds. Listening to podcasts, listening to music, watching a movie on your … [Read more...]

Dubs Acoustic Ear Plugs

Dubs Acoustic Ear Plugs Practical Travel Gear

This pair of stylish Dubs ear plugs fits snugly in the ear canal and is meant to be a subtle form of noise reduction or protection gear. It is designed to filter out sound and excess noise without being too obstructive or cumbersome.They are crafted from high-quality plastics, they do more than just muffle exterior sound. There is a combination of high and low-pass filters that create a significant reduction in volume while keeping a decent balance between sound and the clarity of what you … [Read more...]

XQISIT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones LZ380

XQISIT Bluetooth Stereo Headphones LZ380 Practical Travel Gear

This stylish pair of Bluetooth headphones is from European manufacturer XQISIT and brings a trendsetting new look to noise reduction headphones in the U.S. Newly on the market stateside, this pair showcases a fine matte, brushed silver finish on the casing.The flexible, padded ear cups are soft and ensconcing without being too tight. Noise does not escape as easily because of their cupped shape. The lightweight, metal headband flexes so that it wraps around your head. Often, I see people … [Read more...]

Yurbuds Inspire 300 Earbuds Will Stay Put

Yurbuds Inspire 300 Earbuds Will Stay Put Practical Travel Gear 1

Want some earbuds that meet the trifecta of sounding great, staying in place, and delivering good value? These $40 list price Yurbuds pull it off well.Real audiophiles can geek out over dynamic range, impedance, and driver size, but ask most people on the move what their biggest gripe about their earbuds is and it's got something to do with function. At the top of that list are earbuds that won't stay in their ears.I've tried a whole slew of earbuds over the years, from cheapie ones that … [Read more...]

Swimbuds Sport for Underwater Music Listening

Swimbuds Sport for Underwater Music Listening Practical Travel Gear 1

We review earbuds and headphones on a regular basis on this gear blog, but none of them will do you much good if you're a surfer, a swimmer, or a kayaker trying to keep a soundtrack going. These Swimbuds Sport earbuds are a different story though. They're waterproof and will also seal off your ear canal.Not on the first try though maybe. The beauty of the package you see to the right is the versatility. You get a whole variety of different buds in different shapes so you can find one that … [Read more...]

Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Air Travel Days

Holiday Stocking Stuffers for Air Travel Days Practical Travel Gear 2

Everyone needs stocking stuffers for the traveler in their lives. If yours spends a good amount of time in the air, the following travel-friendly gifts will go a long way toward a more comfortable, convenient flight. Whether traveling for business or with kids in tow, something on this list will appeal!My Air Mask:If you don't want to get sick on your travel day and don't care who knows it, the My Air Mask might be for you. I won't knock it: there's nothing worse than sitting down next … [Read more...]