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Lowa San Francisco Shoes With Gore-tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

By Tim Leffel | May 20, 2015

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…

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel | Practical Travel Gear 1

Cushe Mellow Getaway Shoes for Chilled-out Travel

By Tim Leffel | April 15, 2015

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…

ExOfficio BugsAway Leilani Multi-Way Dress and Lumen Wrap | Practical Travel Gear 2

ExOfficio BugsAway Leilani Multi-Way Dress and Lumen Wrap

By Jill | March 20, 2015

When you think of insect-repellant clothing, do you think of safari-looking pants, a long-sleeved button-down shirt, and hat with a back flap and perhaps netting? While that can be incredibly effective at keeping the biting bugs away, you don’t have to say sayonara to style when repelling irritating critters. ExOfficio’s BugsAway line includes Insect Shield,…

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround | Practical Travel Gear 1

Ecco O2 Shoes With Gore-Tex Surround

By Tim Leffel | March 19, 2015

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…

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp | Practical Travel Gear 1

NYNE TT Bluetooth Speaker is No Wimp

By Tim Leffel | March 4, 2015

Tired of little Bluetooth speakers that easily get drowned out by conversation? This TT one from NYNE might not go on a plane with you if you’re just packing a carry-on, but for checked bags, a road trip, or car camping, it’s a wireless party machine. This is not some “mini and tinny” travel speaker…

Fjallraven Totepack No. 1 | Practical Travel Gear

Fjallraven Totepack No. 1

By Jill | February 6, 2015

Sometimes all the bells and whistles get in the way when you’re traveling, and you feel the urge to ditch it all and go classic old-school. Fjallraven helps you out with the Totepack No. 1. Somewhat akin to the simple design of its famed Kanken backpack, the Totepack No. 1 is made from waxed G-1000…

Eddie Bauer Voyager II Travel Blazer | Practical Travel Gear 1

Best Comfort Travel Blazer – Eddie Bauer Voyager II

By Tim Leffel | January 8, 2015

Okay, okay, Eddie Bauer. I’ll pack a blazer now and look like a responsible male member of society. You see, I have about as much enthusiasm for packing a sport coat on a trip as I have for 8-hour layovers and sitting in the middle seat on the plane. On the occasions where I’ve needed…

Filson Dry Day Backpack | Practical Travel Gear

Filson Dry Day Backpack

By Jill | September 25, 2014

Dry bags are rarely known for looking good. The most important feature, of course, is keeping your things dry. The rest is extra. It often seems that manufacturers just leave it at that, without throwing in useful additions, but the Filson Dry Day Backpack is more than just waterproof. The backpack style of the dry…

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets | Practical Travel Gear

GSI Outdoors Pinnacle and Halulite Cook Sets

By Amy | September 16, 2014

Ah, the world of integrated backpacking cook systems, in which value is determined in ounces and function derives from  minimalism. It’s quite impressive, how many cooking tools and utensils can fit into one compact system. Plus, those little cups and sporks are so cute. However, anyone who’s stood in the aisle of any outdoor store…

Casual Patagonia Baggies Shorts | Practical Travel Gear 1

Casual Patagonia Baggies Shorts

By Tim Leffel | June 19, 2014

There’s a secret packing weapon a lot of savvy carry-on-bag traveling men employ that can be met by today’s featured product, the Baggies Shorts from Patagonia. One key packing light element is bringing items that can do more than one thing. That means, for example, a bathing suit that can also function as a pair…