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Deuter Speed Lite 24L and Fox 40L Backpack

Deuter backpacks have been on our review list for a while now. There bright colors, lightweight design and signature Vari Quick strap adjustment system makes them a great option for you or your family. We reviewed the Speed Lite 24L and the Fox 40 for kids. Speed Lite 24SL Women’s Day Backpack First, I thought…

Lems Trailhead- Women All Terrain Show

Last Updated on November 28, 2018 The Lems Trailhead shoe was created for the adventurer who needs one shoe that can show up and dominate the terrain. Preach! Trailhead shoes can handle the hiking/running trails and are comfortable enough to wear around town. Just as a plant based diet is good for the body, the…

LifeSaver Liberty: Clean Water No Matter the Conditions

Last Updated on September 21, 2018 Lifesaver Liberty has developed the world’s FIRST and ONLY portable water purifier and inline pump filter combined and it comes to you, and with you, disguised as a water bottle. The Liberty Lifesaver is lightweight, coming in at an easy to carry 0.425kg. This makes it ideal to pack…

TravelLite Seat Cushion by Lifeform

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 When I drive long distances in one stint – say the 3.5 hours from my mountain house to the “big city” of Denver – my right foot gets fatigued and I feel dull pain radiating up my leg to my tush. Sometimes my lower back gets a bit sore,…

2019 Golite for Women: Relite Jogger and ReActive Bikini

Golite is back and better than ever with their travel and active friendly line. Golite was gracious enough to send along a sample of their Relite Joggers and ReActive Bikini underwear for women. I have a bonus section covering their ReGreen Windshell you should stick around for too. Golite Reactive Bikini Let us begin with…

Mountain Hardwear Part 2: Thermotastic Hooded Jacket

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 The Thermotastic Hooded Jacket is a bit more jacket than the Switch Flip Hooded Jacket that we reviewed in Part I of our Mountain Hardwear series. However, the Thermotastic, weighing in at 10 oz (282 grams) is an equally good travel jacket when compared to it lighter weight cousin.…

Casio G-Shock Blue and Camouflage Color Series GA110CB-1A Men’s Watch

G-Shock has long had a reputation for sturdy and high-quality watches that won’t break the bank. This summer, the brand is launching some new color patterns that give the time-tested watch some new appeal. These new themes include the camouflage or blue color series, which adds a bit of pizzazz to the traditional manly watch.

Cannae Pro Gear Introduces the Optio Sling Pack

The Optio Sling Pack from Cannae is a lightweight carry all for the daily commuter, the gray citizen and the adventurer. From the outside working our way in, the Optio Sling Pack has two zippered pockets on the front. These pockets allow for quick storage of cell phones, sunglasses, snacks, and keys.  I like that…

spAIR Tray Travel Shelf – A Quick Review

The spAIR Tray is the niftiest new gadget that solves that problem. It inserts into the normal grooves of the window without causing any damage to the air frame or window pane.

Mophie Juice Pack H2PRO Charging iPhone Case

Mophie has a long line of respected iPhone cases that power up your device when it loses its own juice.

Toad&Co Hillrose Dress

Toad&Co has always made beautiful clothing and the new Hillrose Dress is no exception. The dress is lightweight, with a playful yet mature dot pattern and comes in three timeless colors. The relaxed fit of the dress makes it a great choice for Spring through Fall wear. Inspired by the outdoors, Toad&Co has made it…

Pakems Packable Boots

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 In my quest for the perfect apres ski boot and all-round, packable outdoor travel shoe, I gave Pakems a trial run. This brand new product designed by a single mom is marketed as a lightweight, compressible shoe designed for use after a ski day. Pakems come in two styles (for…

Aventure Gear

Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

Last Updated on September 27, 2016 Want some heavy-duty, long-lasting packing cubes that are also lightweight? For frequent travelers, these Pro Packing Cubes are built to last you a hundred trips or more. I swing both ways when it comes to packing cubes, but the people who love using them really love them. If you…

Freshen Your Closet for 2019 with Nau

I love Nau. I love it for the timeless style and function of all their clothes. The color ways, cuts and pieces could last you a lifetime! When Nau launched in 2007 the company’s ethos lead them to a special code name: UTW. This stands for “UnF**k The World”. How can you not support a…

Gear up for backpacking season with the Gregory Jade 53

Gregory makes a nice line of women’s backpacking/overnight packs, but the Jade 53 is the only one that offers the exact sizing I prefer when I’m headed into the wilderness. I’m not a minimalist hiker, so a 40 liter or smaller pack is not right for me during overnights, but I’m also not a must-have-my-luxuries…

Libra Coffee Pourtables – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 27, 2017 Caffeine fiends are a dedicated lot. Sure, we occasionally settle for a less-than-great product when we’re desperate, but many of us appreciate great coffee when we can get it. Hotel rooms don’t always have coffee/tea makers, and even when they do, the coffee is only a quick solution to…

Away Aluminum Edition Bigger Carry-On Suitcase

Much like the Away Bigger Carry-On introduced awhile ago, this bag is a real winner when it comes to aesthetics, functionality, and actual storage space. But, this bag is a head turner.

DU/ER N2X Slim Fit Travel Pant For Men – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 23, 2017 Jeans look great and feel great, except when they get wet. Most avid outdoor adventure-seekers would agree that jeans are too restricting and can get a little uncomfortable when trying to do the things you love. No sweat! Meet the N2X travel pant by DU/ER. The DU/ER N2X slim-fit…

Lycos Life Advanced, Interactive Smart Band – A Quick Review

This waterproof smart band from Lycos Life is designed to handle multiple functions of your daily life. They include the ability to monitor your heart rate and energy exertion and sync up with an app for smart phones.

Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather Glove – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 3, 2017 An all-weather glove review in July? Absolutely! Happy Independence Day, to US readers…and welcome to independence from weather extremes no matter the time of year. Truly, the Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather glove has proven to be one of the most practical gear items I’ve traveled with. Currently, I am…

Energy Bits Natural Algae Tablets – A Quick Review

Whether you are looking for supplements pre or post-workout or for something that can give you a boost on your travels, Energy Bits has a variety of natural supplements that can give you that needed pick-me-up.

Charge it Up with Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD Power Bank

Internet connectivity and the ability to plug in nearly everywhere can sometimes make us forget that there are places in the world that are truly off the grid. While I’m all for the idea of ditching the digital and enjoying outdoors, when it comes to the reality of doing it for a number of days…

Sabre Red: Handheld Personal Safety Devices

The world as we know it is not the world I grew up in. Sabre understands the changes in crime rates and has developed an amazing line of personal safety devices to fit every lifestyle. Made in the U.S.A, The Runner pepper gel spray is lightweight (22grams) and fits into the palm of your hand.…

Timberland Cadion Digital Chronograph Watch

The rugged Timberland brand has a lot more going on for it than meets the eye. Its collection of watches is designed for the avid outdoorsman that likes to wear his style on his wrist both inside and out.

The Timberland Cadion Digital Chronograph watch is easy to see in daylight with large numbers that do not appear faded when you look at them in harsh sunlight. In darker settings, the face can be illuminated to make it easy to tell the time. Of course, its large face makes it easy to see as well, and is in line with the latest trend of larger faces on men’s watches.

Clothing & Bags

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 22 – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 25, 2017 Our family loves Eagle Creek luggage. We all carry Eagle Creek roller bags when we fly, because the kids are hard on gear, and Eagle Creek is one of those rare brands that are both well made and affordable. Plus, I always know Eagle Creek bags will have smart…

Women’s Exercise Wear For Spring With Dare2b

Last Updated on March 15, 2018 Dare2B makes some of my favorite affordable travel and outdoor wear for women and kids, so I was pumped to see their running and exercise tights and bras featured for a very affordable price. I am not one who needs my exercise wear to match or coordinate, but if…

Bluffworks Gramercy Pants and Meridian Dress Shirt 2.0

According to Bluffworks, this sleek pair of flat-front Gramercy pants is the brand’s most popular.

Pack It All In The Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Last Updated on October 27, 2017 It may be easy for some, but I always have difficulty choosing which bags to take on each trip. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an indecisive person usually, however depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing, the selection of checked or carry-on bags is an important…

Catalyst Waterproof Laptop and Tablet Sleeves

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 Traveling with expensive laptops and tablets is a mainstay of modern-day life, and the opportunity for pricey equipment to become damaged is great. Luckily, the Catalyst waterproof sleeves provide foam-coated protection from both the elements and rough play when bags are jostled about in overhead bins or taxi cab…

Eagle Creek Daypacks and Transformer Bags Review

Last Updated on January 14, 2019 Morphus 2-in-1 Transformer Bag Ever need one suitcase when you start out but two when you come home? Or have limited space to store luggage where you live? This Eagle Creek Morphus Bag can be one suitcase, two suitcases, or a suitcase and a backpack. But it’s not that short and…

Adidas: 3 Apparel Items for the Adventurer

Adidas has been a favorite and a staple in my closet since middle school track. Whether it was spikes, warm-up suits or runners, I have always had a special place in my heart for Adidas. Recently, we took the Terrex Agravic BOA, Terrex Agravic Speed Plus and Light Insulated Jacket out for a field test.…

LOWA Locarno GTX Will Take You From Trail To Tavern

The LOWA Locarno GTX for women fits perfectly into their long line of sturdy, well made shoes for the traveler and adventurer. Every time a LOWA Box hits our doorstep it is like Christmas has come a little early. LOWA Locarno GTX Weighing in at only 700 grams, the LOWA Locarno GTX pack a lot…

Walk by the Sea in Style in Sea Star Beachwear Beachcomber Espadrilles

When it comes to water-friendly shoes, the most important element to consider is functionality. It’s either water-friendly or it’s not, and pretty shoes generally fall into the latter category. When you’re packing for a beach trip, you often have to bring more than one pair of shoes. Recently, I found a pair of shoes that…

Hardcore Warmth With Black Diamond Cold Forge Down Hoody – A Quick Review

Cold weather can sometimes make you hesitate to get out there and have fun. You know you’ll be glad you did, but when you’re inside at a cozy hotel/resort/cabin/lodge, it’s hard to take that step to walk out the door. But when you have the Black Diamond Cold Forge Hoody along for the adventure, you…

STM Drifter Computer Backpack – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 6, 2017 I’ll start by saying I’m a nerd when it comes to organization and storage. I actually got giddy when I saw all the pockets, zippers, and compartments on the STM Drifter. If you want a backpack that seriously organizes all your tech, cords, batteries, and travel gear, this is for…

Healthy Back Bag by AmeriBag

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 I’ve been hearing buzz about Healthy Back Bags (or HBB) for a few months now, and am glad to get my hands on one to try it out. What is a HBB? Essentially, it’s a cross-body sling bag, designed intelligently to save your back and posture. Does it deliver?…

Kids & Family

January 2017: A 7 Day Stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Last Updated on January 10, 2019 It has been two weeks since we reluctantly returned from Oahu and Aulani Resort and every single day we have been home our children have asked to return. Would we return to the Aulani Resort? Absolutely. However, knowing what we know now, we could have saved a couple thousand…

Swann DriveEye Ultra HD Dash Cam/ Action Cam

Last Updated on June 28, 2016 Lest you think you are the latest new hire at the police academy, business travelers have many uses for this type of small camera. For me, it has exceptional use as a security device on the road since I travel so frequently. It is extremely small making it undetectable…

HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle – A Quick Review

This is a great gift for those looking to do their small part for the planet when traveling.

Picture Keeper Connect – A Quick Review

This clever Picture Keeper Connect device allows you to clear space from your smart phone or tablet and save photos on its secure drive. To begin, you have to download the free app to your device.

Phone Soap UV Light Sanitizing Machine

A bit of a germaphobe myself, I was intrigued to learn about the Phone Soap machine. It is certainly clunky looking and a bit large (perhaps to fit a multitude of phone types), but it is a no-brainer to set up on a countertop and keep discreetly out of the way. It is designed to kill germs on the surface of your phone through infrared light.

Travel Socks For The Whole Family – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 7, 2017 If you haven’t already invested in quality, high performance travel socks for the whole family, January seems like a good time to do so! Start the new year with wool, cotton, and wool-blend socks that travel well (they don’t smell!), perform everywhere from ski slopes to hiking trails, and…

2017 Must Buy: Pickle Juice Power And The Athlete In All Of Us – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 22, 2017 The Pickle Juice Company sent us a package of Pickle Juice Shots to test out recently. I know what you’re thinking… pickle juice? Yup. That’s exactly what it tastes like too. We brought Pickle Juice with us on a cross country ski trip, running and even shared with our…

myCharge Portable Chargers Will Complete Your Travel Go-Tos

Last Updated on January 31, 2018 myCharge portable chargers are the accessory you have been missing for your phone, tablet and computer.  myCharge portable chargers are available in all sizes and battery backup to ensure you have the power you need at the exact time you need it. We were given the HUBXtra, Simple Power…

GSI Outdoors Camping Essentials: Our Top Three Picks

GSI Outdoors camping makes life very easy when you are out of town and off the trail. We have reviewed and field tested many GSI Outdoors items and have picked out our three favorites for 2018. We have chosen the GSI Outdoors Bugaboo Cup, Santoku Knife Set and the Glacier Stainless 1.1L Boiler. BUGABOO CUP…

HelloFresh: A Healthy Dinner is only 30 minutes Away

Last Updated on November 28, 2018 Change is hard in almost any situation. The one time where I found change to be the easiest, was on one simple website called: Hellofresh.com. As a busy mom, entrepreneur and wife there were often weeks where my family was eating too much pizza or breakfast for dinner. It…

Grip All-In-1 (6PC) Universal Mount

The new Grip All-In-1 (6PC) Universal Mount helps travelers continue to use their phone while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Diamond Gear: Retro Throwback with the New Belay Bag

Last Updated on August 24, 2018 The 1980s are calling and they want you to have your Belay Bag back! Except, it has been updated and ready for the new generation of adventurers! The Diamond Brand Gear Company has been making camping gear and tents here in the USA since 1881. The Belay Bag was…