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Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase 22”

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2019 Golite for Women: Relite Jogger and ReActive Bikini

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2019 Wigwam Socks

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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…

2019 Wigwam Socks

Let’s talk about socks! I have been searching for durable socks that could keep up with me and my many adventures. I was lucky enough to have two pairs of Wigwam socks show up just in time for my Belize, Costa Rica trip! This trip was going to be packed with fly fishing on sand…

SCOTTeVest Microfleece Hoodie

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 The seasons are changing in earnest now, and for much of the world, that means it’s time to start wearing hoodies, gloves, and other such cold weather gear. If you’re in the market for a hoodie this season, this SCOTTeVest Microfleece Hoodie review will serve as a great overview…

Beach, Please with Costa Sunglasses

Who doesn’t love time on the water, toes dug deep in the sand and the warmth on your back? Summer days like these require great eye protection so you can keep playing and enjoying the day. Costa Sunglasses has developed a beach lifestyle line and we immediately jumped at the opportunity to test them out.…

Lems Shoes: Primal 2 and Boulder Boot Review

Primal 2 As reviewed by Chris As summer comes to an end with it goes my favorite rainbow flip flops.  If your looking for a spring shoe that doesn’t feel like your stuffing your feet into sausage casing then you need to pick up a pair of Lem’s Primal 2’s. Primal 2 has no drop…

Our Top 5 Woolrich Items For Your 2017 Closet – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 6, 2017 We all have that one Aunt who sends Christmas gifts every year. Every year I would audibly protest receiving them and then the dreaded picture and thank you card. For a couple years, she would send Woolrich and, being the pretween I was, I could never muster the excitement…

Review for Native Jimmy Shoes

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 From folks that first brought us a stylish alternative to the ultra-lightweight, ultra-comfortable, and not-so-stylish Crocs, now introducing a range of versatile boots that will definitely be a worthy investment for any family member. Native shoes won the hearts and legs of many with their comfortable and lightweight kicks…

Gregory Quadro Pro Hardcase 22”

New to the Gregory line is the Quadro Pro Hardcase with four, count them F-O-U-R wheels for a smooth ride. I am testing out the 22” Hardcase carry on for this review. The Quadro Pro Hardcase also comes in a 30” version for additional storage. The Outside Available in an anthracite black or steel grey,…

Zenbivy Bed for all Your Camping Adventures

Camping with our family and making memories has always been a goal for us. But what happens when you are out in the wilderness, enjoying nature and not able to sleep. That combination makes for one angry momma bear. After reading about the Zenbivy 2-piece design, I was excited to trial the hybrid sleeping bag…

Best All Round Shoes: Lowa San Francisco Gore Tex Shoes

Last Updated on September 28, 2016 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…

The Traveler’s Guide to Darn Tough Socks

Last Updated on January 14, 2019 With a name like Darn Tough, it is difficult to take this company seriously but the socks made by this brand are the real deal. These socks really do justice to its brand name. They are specifically designed to last you a life-time. They sell a wide variety of…

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…

Aventure Gear

Reviewed – Timex Expedition Adventure Watches

Last Updated on January 10, 2019 With Smartphones and other electronic devices dominating our lives today, who even needs a watch? Watches have become more of a luxury and status symbol rather than serving a practical function. However, if you are an avid international traveler, then you typically don’t use your phone due to high…

Nomad Bi-fold Leather Charging Wallet With Integrated Battery – A Quick Review

That’s why this bi-fold leather wallet with integrated battery from Nomad is so nifty. Its dual purpose of being a normal wallet while charging mobile devices helps to streamline you travel accessories, which I really appreciate.

Nomad Ultra-Rugged Universal Cable For iPhone And iPad – A Quick Review

My charging cables take a beating. People step over them, roll chairs atop them, and sometimes they even get stuck in between airplane seats or tangled behind hotel bedroom nightstands and desks due to strange power outlets. These new ultra-rugged cables from Nomad are not only durable, but they feature universal charging thanks to multiple power docks.

Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment – A Quick Review

It is recommended to use the Bliss Microderm Abrasion treatment twice a week in addition to regular facial cleanser, and Bliss claims that after just a few uses your pores will be smaller and skin smoother.

Lowa Palermo – Comfortable And Stylish Casual Sneaker – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 12, 2017 Lowa, a brand you normally think about as high end, technical hiking shoes, has started putting out some of the most innovative casual shoes on the market.  I have nearly worn out the running shoes Lowa sent me a year ago and was hoping for another pair this year. This year Lowa…

Turn up the volume on your tunes with Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

When music is a better travel buddy than a human, or you’d like to turn your human travel buddy on to your favorite music, it helps to have more than your phone on hand. Sure, you can turn the volume up, but what you really need is an excellent travel speaker. And for that, I…

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

The Petzl Tikkina Headlamp is the perfect gift for a frequent traveler. The way it works is that it wraps around your forehead as a headband and illuminates the area that you are facing, which makes it great for outdoorsmen (perhaps its original intention), but also perfect for road warriors like me (and my associates).

HYDAWAY No2plastic collapsible water bottle and case

We have seen many travel companies move away from single-use plastics in the recent year, and HYDAWAY has done the same thing with its latest limited edition water bottle. The material used is more environmentally friendly further reducing its size and weight while also making a charitable donation. The familiar silicone swirl pattern of this…

Six Moon Designs travel pouch

Last Updated on February 19, 2019 I wasn’t familiar with Six Moon Designs until testing out their ePouch, designed specifically for travel days. They are known for their line of affordable, practical backpacking packs and tents, which have a utilitarian, streamlined look to them. It can be hard to find a travel bag that falls…

Aspenta Vectu Portable Vehicle Tracker

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 My first thought when I was introduced to the Aspenta Vectu Portable Vehicle Tracker was along the lines of, ‘I really don’t have anyone in my life whose driving habits I feel the need to track’. However, this simple, lightweight device does so much more! It’s not just a…

Eight Stocking Stuffers For Travelers – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 28, 2017 Have a traveler in your life? An adventurer? A nomad or wanderer? We have the stocking stuffer for him or her this holiday season. Whether the traveler you’re buying for hits the road with family, travels for business, or gets off the grid, the following ideas will get you…

Backcountry Bed Proves Camping is for Everyone

Sierra Designs presents the answer to your sleeping bag v. pillow problems, the Backcountry Bed. Many of my summer memories are filled with images of camping and sleeping under the stars. As a kid, our sleeping bags consisted mostly of every blanket in the house. Now that I have grown up, I want to invest…

Clothing & Bags

Rugged Style With REI Co-op Women’s Trailsmith Pants

There’s a place for lightweight hiking pants and there’s a place for more rugged-style work pants that are great for hiking, working outdoors, and even hitting the bar when it’s all over. Both are great when you need them, and lately, I’ve required a lot of the latter. That’s why I took my REI Co-op…

High Sierra Deluxe Bucket Boot Bag

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 Whether you’re an occasional skier or a dedicated expert badass, ski boots are among the first items you should consider purchasing. Even if you’re content to rent skis at the resort, having your own boots can help ensure the consistent comfort (and support) you need to have a good…

Garmont Tikal shoes for travel

Garmont has been making rugged and tough hiking and mountaineering shoes for decades, but if you haven’t discovered their lifestyle line, called their ‘travel’ line, you are in for a treat! Seriously, my Garmont Tikal shoes have gone on every active trip I’ve taken since I got them! Here’s why: The Tikal is lightweight and comfortable,…

Oboz Campster for fall travel

A few weeks ago, I review the Oboz Selway Flip, which I deemed the perfect beach/lake/summer shoe for casual travel. I’m back with my pick for fall, if you’re packing a bag to go anywhere warm, or have need of a water shoe that’s also just about light as air. Enter the Oboz Campster, which,…

Chaco Footwear is A Year Round Option for the Whole Family

Chaco Women Field Boot The Chaco Women Fields Boot combines style with authentic ruggedness.   The Chaco Women Field Boot’s durability make them perfect for backcountry adventures. TheseChaco Women Field boots are made of two-tone flat black and green leather, giving them a sleek, clean look.  They are much more attractive than your average pair of…

International travel solution: Six Moon Designs Traveler pack

Not long ago, I reviewed Six Moon Designs’ travel pouch, which worked so well as a travel accessory through Greece, I opted to try the full Traveler Pack, a duffel/backpack hybrid made specifically for long-term travel. In fact, it was conceptualized by founder Ron Moak during an extended trip through Spain. It’s intended to be…

Are Conner Hats the Best Hats On Earth? Nathan Hemp Mesh and Mt Warning Wool Hat

 “You can travel the world on what you can make with your own two hands.”  That’s was the advice Stan Thompson gave Bill Conner that set Bill on his journey from Florida to The Australian coast with his wife and 11-month old son in search of a laid-back surfing lifestyle.  While he started making sandals…

Versatile Travel Shoes From Charleston Shoe Company – A Quick Review

Have you heard of Charleston Shoe Company? As of a few months ago, I hadn’t, but this American-born shoe company is making great strides (sure, pun intended…why not?) in the travel shoe space. Their affordable, comfort-focused shoes are on-trend and versatile, plus almost all their styles will pack down easily in any carry-on. So what…

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

his is not meant to be a replacement for a traditional briefcase, but it works well when you need more space, waterproof protection, and the ability to store bulkier items that traditional bags are not designed to fit.

Xero Shoes For Men – A Quick Review

Last Updated on December 13, 2017 My teenage son calls shoes ‘foot prisons’. If you are inclined to agree, you’ll want to check out Xero Shoes. This company has been making minimalistic sandals for several years now, and now has a new sandal and new closed-toed shoe that will appeal to travelers wanting lightweight shoes…

Undandy Shoes

This bespoke shoe company has made quite a splash on Instagram with its colorful, made-to-order shoes spurring plenty of “likes.”

Get Outdoors in the Sierra Designs California Collection Dress

California has a way of making you feel that every spare moment must be spent outside, what with its diverse landscape, long coastline, and backbone of mountains. And even if your version of outside is the patio at the winery, it’s nice to spend your chill time as comfortably as possible. One of the dresses…

Kids & Family

Hilarious, Helpful “Pack ME” Notepad Checklist from LobotoME

Last Updated on January 10, 2019 I’m a freak about making packing lists before I travel. I’ve got lists stored in my computer for my family’s annual summer trip back East, for beach vacations and for pop-up camping. But my boring columns of “things to bring” in Microsoft Word aren’t nearly as entertaining as this…

Deuter Pulse 3: Here to Replace Your Cargo Pants

The Deuter Pulse 3 is an innovative and modern hydration pack for the day hiker or mountain biker. Fanny packs are making a big comeback. However, not the Fanny Packs of our 80’s youth. These have hydration systems, more than two pockets, comfortable hips belts and more! Gone are the days of leather patchwork fanny…

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.

Dryfins Swimwear for Guys

Last Updated on February 15, 2017 Let me start by saying I’m not a guy, and Dryfins swimwear makes products for guys. That said, I’m the mom of three boys, and as such, I’m acquainted with the problem Dryfins has set out to solve: chafing and rash below the belt caused by those netted liners in…

Vaya Life bento systems for on-the-go

Last Updated on November 13, 2018 The Vaya Tyffyn bento system is, without doubt, my new favorite bento box configuration. Yes, it’s a bit heavy, but you get 33.5 ounces of space, stacked in the following manner: 2 Inner containers (10.1 fl.oz capacity), each with partition and lid (oval shaped) 1 Inner containers (12 fl.oz capacity),…

In 10 Minutes Sven Can See And So Can You – A Quick Review

Last Updated on November 27, 2017 Do you have a minute? How about 10. You do, trust me. Sven Can See is a spray on anti-fog solution for the lenses in your life. Why 10 minutes? Because it is the most important part to the application process of this anti-fog solution, the drying time. If…

PackTowl Nano Towel

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 Currently, I’m trying to teach a 6-year-old that using a napkin is much better than wiping her dirty and greasy hands on her clothing. And even though I remind her after seeing one wipe on the napkin per four wipes on her jeans, I know I often do the…

Best Tent And Sleeping Bag For The Family In 2018 – A Quick Review

Camping with kids, the tents, sleeping bags, cooking, water, etc. is a daunting task. A task so large it often causes many to NOT take their kids camping. We want to make the basics easier. So, what is the best tent for 2018? Most family friendly sleeping bags? We’ve got you covered! Wenzel Moose 40…

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.

Headsweats Keeps You Cool and Covered

With the recent studies being published on the absorption rate of sunscreens, it is no wonder why we are searching for alternatives. Headsweats has always been a go-to brand for me. Their hats are incredibly comfortable and provide the relief from the sun that we crave. This season, Headsweats is introducing a new Ultra band.…

Showers Pass Little Crossover rain jacket for kids

Last Updated on April 15, 2016 It’s tempting to buy a high quality rain jacket for the adults in the family then skimp out on the kids…hey, they grow fast! But a quality rain jacket can mean the difference between happy traveling kids and whiny, miserable ones. And when you’re on a family trip, the…

Wūru Wool: Organic Comfort for all Seasons

2019 provides 365 opportunities to try something new or to make better something you already enjoy. Why not make it the year to step up your comfort with Wūru Wool? Wūru Wool is a product of comfort that was born on the trail of the Milford Track when two Americans went looking for relief from…