Adidas Terrex Parley boat shoe

Buckle up, because the newest travel-ready shoe from Adidas has a long name: the Adidas Terrex Climacool Parley Boat Shoe. Phew, that was a mouthful! But worth the effort, because this is a really unique shoe.

The Parley Boat Shoe is extremely lightweight and breathable, and gets the ‘boat’ part of its name from its ability to drain water. This feature make the Parley an excellent shoe for summer adventure, particularly on boats and around water, but in our testing this spring, it’s proven to be more than that. Our tester has worn the Parley on light hikes, through mud and puddles, through airports, and on road trips. He loved the Parley’s light weight and comfort, and its versatility during travel days. Because of the draining capability, the Parley is not waterproof, obviously, so it’s not the shoe for extreme hikes or cold weather, but during warm weather months or when traveling to warm weather destinations, it’s ideal.

While the Parley does get wet, its sock construction makes it comfortable when wet or dry (and eliminates much of the cause of blisters, too). While the outsole drains the water and grips wet surfaces, it’s the Climacool material we love: wet or dry, the Parley keeps your feet cool.

The knitted upper fabric of the shoe is made with Parley Ocean Plastic, which is important to explain. Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up together to produce a small number of shoes that utilize material from ocean waste. So yes, the plastic in your Parley Boat Shoes are from the awful amount of plastic in our oceans. Maybe we can reduce this mountain of garbage one pair of shoes at a time. There are additional Parley clothing and shoe items, if you’re interested.

The Parley Boat Shoe comes in men’s sizes 7-11 currently, in a blue/black color pattern. Pick up a pair on Amazon or Adidas, and have a lightweight, breathable shoe for summer travel!





Pacsafe V150 Anti-theft RFID Blocking Travel Organizer

Frequent travel through busy airports, train stations, and downtown hotels can put some of your personal data and information at risk. The ability of some thieves to capture data from your wallet or mobile devices without your knowledge is surely disturbing. Still, travelers must still go about their business, which is why it is wise to take products like the Pacsafe RFID safe travel organizer seriously.

This wallet protects the contents via RFID capability. But, what’s great about this travel organizer is that it is more than a wallet and has slots for credit cards, cash, a passport, pen, and other small travel documents. One of the pockets has a zipper for additional protection. The entire wallet zips up around the edges, and it also has an accent strap that wraps around the edge of it. Conveniently, there’s a spot to slide in a boarding pass to make it easy to grab in a hurry.

When traveling through an airport, you’re often asked to show passports, driver’s licenses, boarding passes, and other documents at many points during the journey. I often keep these important things in the front pocket of my briefcase, but every time that I open it, other items could easily fall out. That’s why this travel organizer is so helpful because you can keep everything conveniently in your hand (and it’s protected by the RFID capability).

It is incredibly lightweight and small enough that nosy gate agents will just assume it’s a large phone case and not one of your permitted carry-on bags. There’s a wrist strap that can be detached or used to carry the wallet around on your wrist or even around the handle of your bag.

This case comes in either black or nave blue for $45 on the Pacsafe website and is also available on Amazon.

Revel in the summertime sun with Kaenon Bolsa sunglasses

Kaenon Bolsa Sunglasses

Sunglasses do more than just make you look cool—they’re essential for eye care, if you intend to use your peepers for the rest of your life. Some of us even have multiple styles, depending on our chosen sport, or mood.

As someone with light-colored eyes, I’m pretty light sensitive, and wear sunglasses when there’s no sun out. Until recently, most of my sunglass lenses have been gray, because it seemed other options weren’t dark enough. But I’ve been testing out the Kaenon Bolsa sunglasses (with copper lenses), and it seems I have to revise my beliefs.

Bolsa frames are compact, and designed for small or narrow faces, so those of you who require big, bold sunglasses, take a break and look elsewhere. For non-sport sunnies, I tend to choose bigger ones, just to make sure I’m keeping all the light away from my eyes. But those can tend to take over my face, so choosing frames that fit its size is a much better practice.

The frames are lightweight and flexible and lenses are polarized, which help reduce glare of the sun off water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light.

The Bolsa sunglasses have a one-year frame warranty and Kaenon’s Lifetime SR-91 Lens Warranty—covering cracking or splitting of the lens at drill-mounts, or delamination of the inner polarizing film and the lens material.

I’ve used these sunglasses both on and near the water, as well as while hiking in the mountains and just touring around town. At home, they sit patiently on the entryway table, ready for me to grab when I’m headed out of the house whether the sky is sunny or cloudy.

Kaenon Bolsa sunglasses come in two frame colors: eggplant (with gray lenses) and tobacco denim (with copper lenses), and list for $194 on the Kaenon site. They’re also available at Amazon.

Lander Moab Phone Case: Now with Wrist Strap

Lander has developed the greatest phone case for all picture loving, selfie taking moms. Well, anyone really, but as a mother, I am always trying to capture the moment to prove to the kids they had fun on an adventure. Or is it to prove to family & friends that they like it? Either way, Lander’s new Moab phone case is exceptional.

I am so pleased with the design of this Moab phone case. When we were contacted about reviewing it and it was described as having a wrist strap I immediately turned to the hubby and yelled, “they stole my idea!”. I have been waiting for a durable phone case that can withstand the arm outstretched picture taking, in the moment mom that I am. And boy does it perform.

Wrist Strap Feature

My first love of this Moab phone case. We first took it out on a boat. Choppy waters, freezing children and cold hands all around. The wrist strap provided the extra protection while we were crusing through some rough waters and I decided to document. The wrist strap also allowed me to drop my phone and help with fly away wrappers, hats and sunglasses that went for a swim or where caught up in the wind.

Two things, happened. One, my phone never hit the ground, shattering into a million pieces and it never took a swim in the ocean off the coast of Belize. Win-win.

The wrist strap will also come in handy this winter when we are on the ski lift and I HAVE TO take the eye-frozen-open photo.

The wrist strap is removable. I don’t recommend it once you are used to it. See below.

Outer Shell:

My second love of this phone case. Between our cold and wet hands, the phone never felt slippery and even the littlest at four could easily handle it. Not to mention the colors are rich without being flashy. So much awesome in one little phone case.

In bedded in the phone case is another gift to every mother- Thermoline. We tested this feature every hour of the day while in Belize. At 95 degrees and 88% humidity, there was never a great place to place the phone so it was out of the heat. While our friend’s phones were burning through battery life and burning up, my phone was a champ, staying on and functional. I thought the case, with it’s darker color, would be too hot to the touch when we tested the phone out in the elements but it was no warmer than the towels that were also left in the sun.

Thermoline is designed to protect the phone from the effects of climates ranging from 0-degree F to 120-degree F. With those extremes in temperature, we can see why it was named the Moab.

Drop Zones

Did I mention I am a mom? 😉 And with that comes shoving phones into pockets, handing phones to children and volunteering at school. With all those comes increased rates of phone dropping. One day, I took off the strap because I needed a quick key chain for a set of keys. Without the strap to attach to myself or my child my phone took a couple 3-4 feet drops that would have destroyed it had it been in anything but a Lander phone case. Why is it that phones always land jelly side down?

While the falls were impressive, the absolute lack of damage not only to my phone but to the phone case was even more impressive and is what will keep me a loyal customer to Lander. With a price point of $39.99 at the time of publishing, that is cheaper than a new phone. I just discovered the Brenner Sleeve for my Apple MacBook… Momma’s found her birthday present!

A Great Gift for EVERYONE on your list

The versatility of this Moab Phone Case from Lander can be given to the busy mom in your life, the adventurer and hiker friend, the tweenager who is clumsy, the grandparent who is losing dexterity and needs a case with a little more grip and even the stair master queen who need to check her Instagram and snap chat feed while 7 feet in the air, walking on rotating stairs.


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