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When you’re traveling, things rarely break when you’re conveniently near a shop where you can repair or replace the necessary gear. They break when you’re far from help, and you have to give up or jury-rig a solution.
If any of your trusty gear (like backpacks and dry bags) uses plastic buckles, considering making a minor investment in a couple Sea to Summit Field Repair Buckles. When one of your buckles breaks while you’re on the road, just pull out a field repair buckle and replace the broken one with the aid of a screwdriver. Yes, that means you need to have a multi-tool or screwdriver handy, but sometimes that’s much easier to find than the right buckle.
As an added benefit—there is no need to have replacement buckles sewn on when back from the field. The Field Repair Buckles are a permanent solution. The two-pin side release buckles measure 3/4 in. (20 mm.), and are a replacement for nonadjustable buckles, like the ones often found on dry bag closures and V-pull style waist belts.
I’ve tucked a couple into my small repair kit when I travel, and while I haven’t had the misfortune of having any of my buckles break to date, I have experimented with replacing one with a Field Repair Buckle. It was a pretty quick and easy process—much better than having to search around in an unfamiliar city for a solution.
Sea to Summit Field Repair Buckles list for $4.95 each at Paragon Sports.
Not every outdoor adventure is a major expedition. For travels that include the need for sporty shoes without the heft of those high-performance wilderness styles, check out the Keen Clearwater CNX and Mercer Lace CNX shoes.
The Keen Clearwater CNX sandals are a lightened-up version of traditional Keen sandals, somewhat similar to my trusty Venice H2 shoes. But these weigh in at only 7.6 ounces, and are slimmer—making them easy to pack for a light adventure vacation.
The washable shoes (wash on the gentle cycle and air dry) have polyester webbing uppers with bungee laces to customize your fit. The curved toe protection comes in handy whether you’re hiking or walking through town, especially if you’re accident-prone and stub your toes a lot. The contoured arch is far more comfortable for all-day adventures than flat sandals. An Aegis Microbe Shield treated lining is included in the footbed, and the low-profile sole includes flex grooves for increased flexibility.
But if you need more of a closed shoe than a sandal, pick up the Mercer Lace CNX shoes. I’ve worn them on the airplane, walking in small towns and sightseeing on city streets. The style is comfortable and versatile enough to do all of the above. Weighing in at 7.99 ounces, they’re also ideal to toss into your suitcase when you’re packing light.
The upper is constructed of breathable mesh and suede, and has the same Keen toe protection as the Clearwater sandals. Allitionally, these shoes have a contoured arch, flex grooves in the low-profile sole and bungee laces that make it easy to secure the perfect fit. They fit nearly as comfortably as slippers, which is why I like wearing them on the plane.
The Clearwater sandals come in barberry (bright pink), black, shitake (brown) and greenbriar (bright green). The Mercer Lace shoes come in Norse blue/super lemon, barberry/hot coral, black/yellow, gargoyle (gray)/Norse blue and greenbriar/spring green.
The Keen Clearwater CNX sandals list for $100 on the Keen website. On Amazon, they’re priced from $95 to $100, depending on size and color. The Keen Mercer Lace CNX shoes list for $90 on the Keen website. On Amazon, they’re priced from $85.95 to $89.99, depending on size and color.
For travelers, the art of choosing a day bag that’s big enough to fit the items you need without adding unnecessary bulk isn’t always easy. With a look similar to a scaled-down messenger tote, the OverLand Equipment Maisie Bag does it nicely.
The super-roomy bag weights less than a pound (0.90 lbs, to be exact) and is made from 840D and 1680D ballistic nylon—sturdy enough to take plenty of adventures with you. The lining is 210D ripstop nylon, and the computer pocket has a fleece liner.
The large main compartment fits all sorts of things, from a handful of magazines to a huge lunch to a DSLR camera. The computer pocket fits up to a 13-inch laptop, so even the smaller tablets will fit just fine. I tried, but just couldn’t get my behemoth DSLR camera and my 13-inch laptop in the bag at the same time. The front compartment has a handful of organizer pockets (including two with zippers) to fit your cell phone, pens, notes, keys and nearly any manner of smaller items that would clutter up your pockets.
Grab your bag by the adjustable strap, and wear it cross-body or as a shoulder tote. You can also pick it up by a handy top handle. Just remember to watch yourself on the plane, and notice that you’re not whacking anyone with the bag when you walk down the aisle.
The Maisie Bag comes in an assortment of colors: moss green with tan accents, red-violet with tan accents, denim with tan accents, wheat (light khaki) with tan accents, dove (light gray), blackberry (dark gray-blue) with dusty blue accents, and black with dusty blue accents.
I’ve used this bag on a few recent trips, when my DSLR camera and laptop didn’t have to do battle, and definitely plan to bring it along on many more this spring and summer.
As these bags tend to be, this is a durable and solid contender for best bag out there from luggage expert Delsey. Its sturdy hard wheels spin in all directions making it easy to twirl around any airport or train station no matter how heavy.
It comes in a variety of colors to match one’s personal style, but the spacious interior remains the same in all. With a separate compartment to keep items wrinkle-free, the bag can be used for storing business suits while also keeping souvenirs and workout gear free from irritating one’s formal clothes. There is also a strap that locks certain items into place in the larger compartment, which is another measure for keeping things separated. Zippered pockets hold smaller items and keep them in place.
A sturdy top and side handle make the bag easy to lift no matter how heavy, and the retractable handle is strong allowing you to pull heavy weight. The similarly priced Brookstone model of this bag features a cheap handle with screws that loosen the second you pack the bag full of clothing and gear.
Another commendable feature of this bag is the excellent wheel casing that protects the rollers from getting stopped up with mud or dirt, which is a common problem with some of these bags that can affect their wheels. Most unique to some versions of this bag is the exterior pocket that zips open from to store paperwork, laptops, or other devices. This is not something typically available in hardside luggage giving this bag a significant edge. The lack of an exterior pocket on other bags is one of my biggest gripes, but it depends on which version of the Helium Shadow you buy.
Style-wise, this bag wins with attractive corner patches that protect it from the bumps and bruises of baggage handlers while also serving an aesthetic purpose. It is lightweight, which is important for international travelers often subjected to weighing their carry-ons, but also expands with the addition of a zipper as needed. A TSA-approved lock keeps contents safe and secure.
It is available from a variety of retail outlets including Macy’s or on Amazon for a very competitive price of less than $120, which is a nice surprise for a bag of this high quality. It’s also available at eBags or LuggagePoint.
Who would have thought that magnets would be so popular, but when they are holding your iPad upright, they surely are! This minimalist stand from TenOne Design is perfect for those who like a bit of style in all corners of their life.
The base has a rubber, gripping surface to keep it from slipping or falling over easily. This is especially helpful if you are tapping or swiping on the screen often. The combo work by the magnets and the rubber sole work well. It also performed well in airplane turbulence without falling over. I wouldn’t recommend placing it anywhere where an accidental brush could send it over the edge of a table or high surface. Not even the powerful magnets can save your device!
This iPad stand is perfect for those who travel and love to download movies or TV shows to watch inflight. It is also great for families who want to capture kids’ attention with something in a jiffy. The magnets do an extremely good job of gripping the device, and it takes both hands to separate the two intentionally.
The stand works with all versions of iPads from 2 onward. It does not matter if you keep a protective case on it or not, the stand still protects and holds it. It weighs relatively little, which is great because it does not add any weight to carry-on bags.
The clean aluminum look of the entire device even makes it usable for corporate displays at exhibitions and shows or to put on your desk while you work. It is sleek, almost Scandinavian, in its design and can even be used as a way to display your iPad when you are not using it. The magnets keep the iPad in place well no matter if it is placed horizontally or vertically on it.
This sleek device is a great way to prop your iPad and looks a whole lot better than simply folding back an iPad’s case. It is available from the Ten One Design online store or at Amazon for $49.95 and makes a great gift for design buffs.