Author: Tim Leffel

How To [Really] Use Packing Cubes – An Amazing Guide

What are Packing Cubes?   206 Reviews Pro Packing Cubes - 6 Piece Lightweight Travel Set #1 Bestselling PRO PACKING CUBES – THE LEADING SPECIALIST BRANDSTRONG & LIGHT: Ultra lightweight rip-stop nylon with YKK Zippers & DURABLE reinforced seams.ORGANIZE and COMPRESS your clothes.PERFECT FIT – Designed to fit perfectly into most airline carry-on suitcases, tote, weekender, backpacks and duffel bags.BUILT TO LAST – backed by our manufacturer 100% LIFETIME GUARANTEE! If you value QUALITY, these are the best cubes for you. Buy on Amazon Last Updated - 2016-09-30 Ever since airlines have become increasingly disinterested in the needs of...

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Keen UNEEK Corded Sandal Shoes

In the footwear world, there are hundreds of “me too” styles for every one that’s truly innovative. A little tweak here, a little change there, but not much that’s really unique. Then something comes along that’s so different they have to call it…UNEEK. Are these shoes? Are they sandals? Are they just a few pieces of rubber and cloth held together by string? Well all of that really. Keen has created a class of “open air footwear” that’s unlike anything out there in the marketplace. These shoes are primarily made from two strands of tough paracord woven through the...

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Lighted Getaway Toiletry Bag From Grand Trunk

Take the frequent traveler favorite, the hanging toiletry kit, then make one little change that has a huge impact. That’s the story with this new Getaway toiletry bag with a built-in light and mirror from Grand Trunk. We can argue all day about what’s essential and what’s not when you’re packing light, but almost everyone has to have some kind of toiletry kit along on each trip. If you’re the bare bones type it might just contain five or six items. For a beauty queen maybe 30. For anywhere on the spectrum though you need to keep these things...

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Hi-tec Altitude Lite 1 Waterproof Hiking Boots

In the title I call these “boots,” but that word certainly doesn’t conjure up an accurate image of the lightweight Altitude Lite Waterproof footwear from Hi-Tec. These may be the lightest over-the-ankle shoes/boots I’ve ever strapped on for a hike: they weigh in at just a shade more than a pound each, which is in line with a lot of low-rise regular walking shoes. Like many Hi-tec products, the Altitude Lite models are primarily a value play. If you want a lot of features in a boot that costs less than $100, this is your brand. It’s pretty tough...

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Craghoppers Simba Travel Pants With NosiLife

Looking for some good men’s travel pants that aren’t all baggy and shapeless? These fitted Simba Nosilife Trousers from Craghoppers give you all the right features, but with a low-profile look that doesn’t broadcast the fact you’re living out of a suitcase or backpack. We’ve reviewed other Craghoppers trousers in the past and really liked them. The last round was the Kiwi Pro Stretch version, which still comes on a lot of trips with me. These Simba ones are built rugged rather than soft, with lightweight but strong “Polyamide” synthetic fabric that is designed to be resistant to abrasion,...

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Stretchy, Insect-Repellent NosiLife Berko Shirt From Craghoppers

Want a travel shirt that moves when you do but looks fitted when you hit the pub at the end of the day? One that will keep the mosquitoes at bay when you’re setting up a tent or chilling out in the courtyard of that tropical guesthouse? This Craghoppers Berko shirt treated with NosiLife is a great all-around traveler that does it all—if you’ve got a slim build. There’s a long-sleeve version and a short-sleeve one. This is a stretchy shirt that is fitted rather than billowy, meant to have plenty of give when you’re hiking the trail or...

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Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

If you want some great all-around travel shoes that will let your hot feet truly breathe, put on some San Francisco ones from Lowa. In an earlier review I raved about the new Gore-tex Surround technology just now going into shoes that have rolled out this year and I’ve been trying out another pair with this integrated: the Lowa San Francisco model. Lowa Men's San Francisco GTX Leather.Imported.Surround Footwear Technology.360-degree waterproofing.Offers excellent grip on both the sidewalk and the trail. Buy on Amazon Last Updated - 2016-09-30 The best test for me of whether I really like a pair...

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Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

Put “Mellow,” “Getaway,” and “Cushe” (pronounced CUSH-ee) together in the name of a shoe and that’s gotta be something worth packing, right? Indeed it is, and I’ve been putting this pair of Getaway shoes in my bag for each getaway. Often in my travels I need to have hiking shoes and/or something good for pounding the pavement, or maybe a pair of water shoes for something wetter. Flip-flops and sandals are good to have for beach trips. But all of those look pretty goofy when it’s time to put on a collared shirt and a pair of decent pants...

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Organized Travel With Pro Packing Cubes

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 shop at The Container Store or keep a clean desk, you’re probably the type that will go crazy for them if you haven’t already. And there are a lot of you: for years our most popular post has usually been on the pros and cons of packing cubes. The idea...

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Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround

One of the first entries using an innovative new technology, these Ecco O2 shoes let the heat out from all angles. There are all kinds of ways for your sweaty feet to breathe, from mesh to wide weaves to waterproof membranes that let heat out but keep rain at bay. There’s always been one problem though: the moisture on the soles of your feet has nowhere to go. Until now… This new system has a Gore-tex membrane below the insole, then small tubes leading out to venting holes in the side of the shoe. So the top part of...

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