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...]

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO Practical Travel Gear

If there’s any season that makes people want to go camping (no matter the “style” of camping), it’s summer. From backpackers to glampers to RV masters—everyone wants to get out into nature, even if it means cooling your heels in a packed campground.The Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO is ideal for the backpacker who requires a super-light tent, but may have a teeny bit of glam camper in his or her blood.The product name may be a little confusing at first. Let me unpack this for … [Read more...]

Yeti Rambler Tumblers

Yeti Rambler Tumblers Practical Travel Gear

It’s summer, and one of the top priorities whether you’re at home or on vacation is keeping your drink cool. If you prefer beer, cocktails, iced tea (unsweetened or sweet), lemonade, or old-school water—Yeti Rambler Tumblers will take care of you. Summer drinks deserve to be frosty.The tumblers use kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel and double-walled vacuum insulation to keep your beverage cool. Yeti maintains that the hard-wearing personal cooler maintains ice twice as long as plastic … [Read more...]

Costa Tippet Sunglasses

Costa Tippet Sunglasses Practical Travel Gear

Summer is the perfect time of year to get a second pair of sunglasses, especially when your primary pair is sports-specific, like for cycling or running. If shades with wrap-around lenses or those that are so large they make you look like a bug, consider the Costa Tippet model. They’re made especially for those who prefer a smaller fit.These sunglasses have a heavy-duty TR 90 nylon frame, and also have an optical spring hinge. Both are important is you’re hard on your shades. Whether you … [Read more...]

Smith Optics Tioga Sunglasses

Smith Optics Tioga Sunglasses Practical Travel Gear

Sunglasses have advanced quite a bit in the past 20 years, but for those who love the old-school frame styles, you’re in luck. Smith Optics’ Tioga sunglasses were originally released in 1993, but still have that classic cool look, yet modernized for the outdoor fans of today.While these shades are listed as men’s sunglasses, don’t let that stop you from getting a pair if you’re not a dude. I’ve been sporting the Smoke Split frames with Purple Sol-X mirrored lenses for the past couple months, … [Read more...]

ExOfficio Gazella Pant

ExOfficio Gazella Pant Practical Travel Gear

Outdoor clothing for women that gets great marks for style as well as performance used to be fairly nonexistent, or at the most, few and far between. In the past couple years, however, I’m seeing more and more items that fit well (and were designed specifically for women instead of making a smaller version of men’s clothing), look good and perform fantastically. Thank goodness. Finally.One example of these newer pieces that do it all well is the ExOfficio Gazella Pant. I used to have pants … [Read more...]

Bolle Weaver Sunglasses

Bolle Weaver Sunglasses Practical Travel Gear

It’s one thing for sunglasses to look good, or really, make you look good. But when you also need them to be tough enough for your travel adventures, some of the flimsier models need to be tossed by the wayside, even if they make you look like a movie star. Your best option: Find a pair of shades that look good and can hang with you in all your outdoors endeavors, regardless of where your travels take you.Bolle Weaver sunglasses have a stylish wrap-around shape, which is handy especially for … [Read more...]

CamelBak L.U.X.E. NV Backpack

CamelBak L.U.X.E. NV Backpack Practical Travel Gear

You’ve saved up your vacation money for a cycling trip, trained for months to make sure you’re not the last rider, and now it comes to packing your bags for all the fun. Even though you’ll have a sag wagon for those just-in-case items on the road, what’s your plan for toting the things you think you’ll need to access without having to wait for the van? The CamelBak L.U.X.E. NV might be your ideal bike pack.This pack has a harness designed just for women so that the straps curve over your … [Read more...]

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger Practical Travel Gear

There are those trips where you’re glad to get off the grid for a few days, and there are those trips where you can’t afford to go without being connected to your devices. That’s OK. It doesn’t make you a bad person.But for the trips when everything rides on you having your digital leash employed, it’s important to make sure you don’t run out of battery. And power outlets aren’t always easy to find. Next time, bring along the Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger.The Venture 30 is lightweight … [Read more...]

Baliloca Cross-Body Purse

Baliloca Cross-Body Purse Practical Travel Gear

So, what exactly is a Baliloca purse? Just another anti-theft bag? Not quite. A money belt? Nope. A fashion accessory? Much more. Sitting down to this review, it's actually hard for me to classify it, because it's essentially a travel-friendly purse that does all of the above, but with flair and ease.I'll admit I was skeptical. I am not a purse person. I can usually be found with a backpack, or at very least, a tote or messenger bag. So I was unsure about reviewing something as obviously … [Read more...]