Summer Aventura Clothing Accessories for Women

Summer Aventura Clothing Accessories for Women Practical Travel Gear 2

I love Aventura Clothing because it’s always practical while remaining stylish. This summer, Aventura has multiple new pieces perfect for travel, but beyond their new headliners are the clothing accessories that complete the outfit, all of which pair well for easy mixing and matching from your suitcase. Add a few nice sun dresses, travel pants, and tops, and you’re good to go. If I don’t have to think too hard about my wardrobe, I’m happy! My favorite new Aventura accessories add layering to any … [Read more...]

Super.Natural Training Pant and Sleeveless V-Neck Tee

Super.Natural Training Pant and Sleeveless V-Neck Tee Practical Travel Gear 2

For almost any trip, I pack clothes for exercise. Since they take up significant room, I always prefer exercise clothes that can double as casual wear or travel day wear. Super.natural, a relative newcomer to the US market, wins on both scores. Their items are high quality Merino wool, which look nice and don’t smell, plus I’ve been able to use these items for multiple activities on one trip: outdoor running and hiking, yoga, and air travel.Super.natural 3/4th training pant:I love this … [Read more...]

Lorpen Trail and Hiking Socks for Women

Lorpen Trail and Hiking Socks for Women Practical Travel Gear 2

No matter how much I hike--and I hike a lot--I am plagued with blisters on my heels, in part because I'm often trying out new hiking boots for review. I've learned to do two things: 1. always have a blister kit with moleskin at the ready, and 2. invest in very good hiking socks.For the latter, I've been turning lately to Lorpen. These technical socks are well-known in Europe, and thankfully, are now available in the US. Lorpen makes multi-sport socks for winter sports, hiking, biking, … [Read more...]

ExOfficio Airhart and Camina Trek’r Shirts

ExOfficio Airhart and Camina Trek'r Shirts Practical Travel Gear 3

I have quite a few outdoor technical shirts in my closet, but when it comes to adventure-wear that can double as multi-use travel wear, it's hard to beat ExOfficio. This brand is a solid bet for high-quality, practical, comfortable clothing that will take you from travel day to outdoor excursion to city streets.ExOfficio Airhart Shirt:The Airhart shirt is the lightest weight shirt ExOfficio makes. It's literally a relief to put on in warm or humid environments, especially after … [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...]

Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant

Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant Practical Travel Gear

Given the cost of high-quality outdoor apparel, I need my preferred wear to be three-season-friendly, versatile, and durable. I was immediately drawn to the Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket and pant, both due to Arc'teryx's high standards and the many uses of the Zeta line. And don't worry guys...these exact items come in a men's version. See it all in one place here.Zeta AR Jacket: Certainly, it's possible to highly specialize when it comes to technical outdoor jackets. And sometimes, it's … [Read more...]

Aventura Mayfield Top and Sinclair Skirt

Aventura Mayfield Top and Sinclair Skirt Practical Travel Gear 1

Everyone wants to look good on vacation. But my favorite trips are the ones that let me be comfortable while looking good. No binding dresses, no need for ironing, no wardrobe malfunctions due to dramatic construction. And the more comfortable you feel, the better you look. Aventura women’s clothing is a great example of blending comfort with style, and two new pieces are among my favorites.The Mayfield Top takes a simple T-shirt style and makes it feel luxurious, with fabric made of rayon … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Women’s Pyramid Jacket

Big Agnes Women's Pyramid Jacket Practical Travel Gear

Did you know Big Agnes, maker of top-quality sleeping bags, pads, and tents, now makes men and women's apparel? Imagine the warmth, comfort, and lightweight convenience of a Big Agnes sleeping bag, and then picture sliding your arms into it like a jacket. That's how the women's Pyramid Jacket feels, and let me tell you...it's incredible.I'm a huge fan of down jackets and sweaters for all seasons, preferring this type of lightweight layering option to bulkier and heavier sweatshirts and … [Read more...]

Helly Hansen Stella Storm Jacket and Switch Cargo Pants

Helly Hansen Stella Storm Jacket and Switch Cargo Pants Practical Travel Gear

By mid-ski season, I usually know what gear and ski wear is working for me, and what's not. By February, I'm ready to make some adjustments and refresh. Just in time, I tried out two new pieces from Helly Hansen's winter ski line.Stella Storm Jacket: The Stella Storm jacket is a great outerwear piece if you want one jacket to do it all. No more shells for wet days, puffy down pieces for cold days, etc. The Stella Storm is a primaloft insulated jacket that's fully waterproof, so it … [Read more...]

Brooks Range Azara Hoody

Brooks Range Azara Hoody Practical Travel Gear

The Azara Hoody from Brooks Range is by far the most comfortable, most breathable 'puffy' layering piece I've tried. It's lightweight and thin, but surprisingly warm, made of 60g Primaloft insulation. The shell is tough but soft, and there's a full hood. I planned to use the Azara Hoody as a layering piece for skiing, and I have, but I find I also reach for it during off season hikes, summer camping trips, and for other highly aerobic activities such as ice skating with the kids, sledding, and … [Read more...]