Travel Gear Reviews

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Eddie Bauer Evertherm Down Parka Review

The Eddie Bauer Evertherm Down Parka is something new in terms of down parkas. There are no baffles, so the exterior is smooth and less bulky than your regular down parka. This makes it more packable and manageable on the go. Eddie Bauers patented Thindown fabric uses...

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BEARPAW Loki Slippers: Winter Must Have

Need an awesome Christmas gift? The BEARPAW Loki Slippers make an ideal gift because they are luxurious, adorable, and slippers are easy to fit. I live in slippers all winter. I like shearling slides and you are looking at my new favorites--Black Bearpaw Loki...

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Fuse Chicken Titan Loop: Indestructible Cable

I've said it many times, Fuse Chicken makes the only charging cables I've ever found that actually last. All other cables I've tried have failed me, but I'm still going strong on a Fuse Chicken cable I've had for two years. They come in different sizes meant for...

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Ariat Thunderbird Boot: Western Travel Style

Ever since I got my fabulous Ariat Santos Boots I have been hooked on the traditional pointy cowboy boot toe. If you need to wade into that style slowly, that is the boot to do it with. Those boots are also one of the most awesome things in my closet. If you're...

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2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for MODERN TRAVELERS

Here are my picks for holiday gifts for travelers, adventurers and those enjoying home sweet home. Hope you all have a season filled with Comfort and Joy! The O-Venture Rose Gold Big O Bracelet Bag & Coordinating Key Ring is something festive for the modern...

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Patagonia Silent Down Parka: Winter Must Have

Patagonia makes the most awesome outerwear. Last year I recommended this down vest and I can't tell you how often I wear it, it's a staple. Yet it still looks brand new. I think that will be the case with the new Patagonia Silent Down Parka. This coat reminds me a lot...

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Review: Chaco Borealis Boots

Who knew a company renowned for sandals could make such bad ass boots?! Look at these Chaco Borealis Boots, aren't they cool? They are so refreshing, something different in the world of boots and you guys know how obsessed I am with boots. These really caught my eye...

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Turtlefur Fixie Pixie Pom Beanie: Warmth & Style

Are you a hat person? I'm totally a hat person, but I wasn't always. I got hooked on hats and slippers around the same time (when I moved to a colder climate) and never looked back. Your warmth and comfort in the cold increase exponentially when you put on a hat--duh,...

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Abode Home Security System External Sirens

Ever since I got my Abode Home Security System (read about that HERE), I've been totally geeking out on how cool it is. It has different options available to beef up your home security, which I think is a must-have for travelers. I previously had a hard-wired system,...

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SentryShield Bulletproof Backpack Shield Review

This is kind of a weird review to write, because I have to acknowledge that just going to school has become dangerous enough that this product exists. The SentryShield Bulletproof Backpack Shield was designed to give kids a chance if there should be a school shooting....

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prAna Fillary Top: New Take on Classic Plaid

There's something about fall that makes me want to wear plaid. The prAna Fillary Top is a wonderful fall top, and a new take on the classic plaid shirt. This is the kind of thing I love wearing on the plane because it's cozy and comfortable, and makes a great layer. ....

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ECCO Exostrike GTX Boot Review: Yak Leather Comfort!

It's been a long time since I've worn ECCO's and I forgot how much I love this brand. Check out the ECCO Exostrike GTX Boot. It's a little bit outdoorsy boot, a little bit urban. This translates into a great travel boot that will get you through the hiking trails and...

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2 Teva Shorty Boots Perfect for Travel

As soon as fall arrives, out come all my boots and sweaters. I love being able to wear boots, don't you? Especially low boots. Booties are perfect for travel because they give you that boot look, but take up less space in your carryon. Here are two Teva shorty boots...

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New Kid on the Block: OOO Carry-On Recharges Devices

Meet the new OOO Carry-On by OOO Traveling. This Carry-On is special because it has a built in charger that charges your devices on the go. OOO luggage (Out Of Office Traveling, pronounced ‘O') is designed to be durable, functional, beautiful and affordable.     I...

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Acorn Forest Bootie Slippers

I can't believe I was ever a non-slipper person. Acorn got me hooked with their cute, cozy slippers and I've never looked back. Now, my feet stay warm and comfortable, my electric bill is lower and I look forward to Acorn's new styles every fall. The Acorn Forest...

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Darn Tough Socks You Need for Fall

Darn Tough makes my favorite socks. After you wear these, you're probably going to get hooked. They feel great on your feet, and they last forever. They're perfect for travel because they don't hold stink, and they dry quickly after being washed in a hotel sink. Prior...

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Abode Security System Keypad

I've been writing a lot about the Abode Security System because I'm a total security geek and I'm having fun with this versatile, modern system. You can read my review of the basic system HERE. One great thing about it is how you can customize the system to meet your...

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Nomad Slim Wallet with Tile Tracking

Do you find yourself looking around the house for your wallet every now and then? The Nomad Slim Wallet with Bluetooth Tile Tracking solves this problem and looks gorgeous in the processs. Nomad's stuff has a unique look that sets itself apart from other wallets and...

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3 Mix and Match Toad&Co Wardrobe Essentials for Fall

I'm excited so about the new Toad&Co fall collection featuring great looking, high quality clothing ideal for travel. They're one of my favorite brands because they use organic and eco friendly materials, and their clothes are comfortable and cute. Here are three...

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EMU Australia Waterproof Shearling Boots

I've been wearing Emu Australia for a few years and love how well made and fashionable they are while at the same time keeping my feet nice and warm. Once my feet get cold, it's really hard to warm up, and shearling is wonderful for preventing that. EMU Australia...

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Electra Townie 7 D Step-Through Cruiser Bike

Okay, I am going to try not to gush. But I'll tell you upfront, the Electra Townie 7 D Step-Through Cruiser Bike is one of my all time favorite bikes. Certainly there is no bike out there that is more comfortable that the Townie. It's the flat foot, step through...

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New BADASS Stanley Master Food Jar & Bottle

Stanley has some new vacuum containers you need to know about. The Stanely Master Vacuum Food Jar holds 24 ounces of food like yummy soups to keep you warm this fall and winter, and keeps it hot for the whole day. It uses a technology called "QuadVac" to insulate and...

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MyCharge Adventure JumpStart Portable Charger

The MyCharge Adventure JumpStart Portable Charger is perfect to take along on your road trips and even everyday jaunts. It's got 6600mAh that will jump start your car, motorcycle, ATV, and boat, so you can be totally self sufficient, isn't that cool? It also charges...

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Teva’s New Ember Moc & Ember Lace Review

Teva has come out with new Ember Mocs for fall, including a totally new Teva Ember design called the Lace. These are so comfortable, they are like slippers you can wear out. I have worn them on a boat whale watching, I've worn them around town while traveling and I've...

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Alps Mountaineering Wavelength Blanket

Have you tried one of the sleeping bag style blankets that have been coming out the last couple of years? I love them. I have several now, and use them all the time. The Alps Mountaineering Wavelength Blanket is one such blanket and it's great looking and matches one...

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Sanuk Yoga Sling Cruz: Packable, Versatile Comfort

Holy Cow, Sanuk is knocking it out of the park for me this summer. First it was the Chiba Quests (which I just wore horseback riding by the way) and now I'm swooning over the new Sanuk Yoga Sling Cruz. I strongly recommend both because they are comfortable,...

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Dog Travel: Sleepypod Go Bag Review

I travel with my dog often. We use this Sleepypod Atom pet carrier, and it works great for us. The new Sleeppod Go Bag is a good accessory bag made for all your pet's paraphernalia like food, leashes, toys, blanket, medications, etc. This bag comes with a small bag...

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GCI Outdoors Beach Rocker Review

GCI makes the best portable chairs. They're all so different, you can find a chair for just about any purpose with very specific details. And they are comfortable! Look at this GCI Outdoors Beach Rocker. I'm so amazed that they make portable rockers, and they really...

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Silipint Straight Up Aqua-Fur Dog Bowl

Need a travel bowl for Fido? Check out these cool SiliPint Straight Up Aqua-Fur Dog Bowl. It's unbreakable and comes in different colors (I love the Arctic Sky Blue) and is perfect for travel and outdoor adventures. This bowl collapses into itself and folds up nice...

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Limited Edition Pacsafe Carryology X Briefcase

Pacsafe has solved a problem for business travelers and digital nomads. The Pacsafe Carryology X Briefcase beefs up your laptop security on the go. Slash proof technology prevents a slash and go theft and Pacsafe's Roobar locking system which makes it difficult to...

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How to Secure your E-Bike with Kryptonite Locks

I've been testing some e-bikes lately and security has been much more on my mind than it is with regular bikes. They're spendy and I want to keep them secure. I'm also madly in love with my new Townie and extra protective of it. So I need beefy locks I can trust, but...

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Abode Home Security System

If you travel a lot, it's great to have a security system. It is really nice to be able to see what is going on inside your home when you are not there with a tap of a button on your phone. The Abode Home Security System is a simple, DIY set up that allows you to...

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Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Camp Chair

Last month I reviewed the Eagles Nest Outfitters Lounger Hanging Chair and it was practically life changing. If you don't have it already, you should probably drop everything and go get one because the joy it brings is something you might wonder how you lived without...

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Fuse Chicken Armor Charge C2 MacBook Cable

Are you as frustrated with Apple power cords as I am? They don't last long at all before they start fraying and stop working. You would think a $1500 computer would have a decent cord, but nope. Well, the Fuse Chicken Armor Charge C2 MacBook Cable solves that problem...

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Coal Spackler Hat: Packable Summer Necessity

The Coal Spackler Hat is an excellent hat for travel because it fully collapses and scrunches down, then bounces right back into shape. You can easily stash it in your small daypack, or even jacket pocket. It's perfect for SUP'ing, hiking, kayaking, and exploring a...

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Alps Mountaineering Camber Chair Review

If you appreciate great looking design at the campsite, you're going to love the Alps Mountaineering Camber Camp Chair. Look at it. Those lime green legs! The shape, the contrasting gray--it's a modern aesthetic that I really love, but even better, it's as comfortable...

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Seal Line Black Canyon Boundary Pack

Need a light weight dry bag in the form of a backpack? Check out the Seal Line Black Canyon Boundary Pack. This bad boy comes in three sizes and four colors. They are perfect for paddling, boating and river rafting trips. I also love them for hauling gear to the...

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PizzaCraft Pizzeria Pronto ThermaBond Grilling Stone

Do you have a Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto portable outdoor pizza oven yet? If not, you should probably stop reading and head over to the website and buy one right now. I'm not kidding. That thing was life changing for me and I wondered how I lived all these years...

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Allsop Soji Stella Boho Solar Lantern

Want to make your campsite or backyard look magical? Look at this gorgeous Allsop Soji Stella Boho Solar Lantern. Isn't that beautiful? Well, as soon as it gets dark, light generated from the sun streams through those cutouts and it's spectacular. It's pretty...

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Giro Ember MIPS Helmet: Women Specific Comfort & Safety

The Giro Ember MIPS Helmet is a women-specific helmet geared towards avid road riders who want maximum protection and comfort with minimum weight. A patented Roc Loc 5 system allows you to easily adjust the fit. There's a dial in the back and the side straps are also...

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Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp Review

The Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp eliminates the question of whether you want a USB charging headlamp or battery powered because it does both. That gives me peace of mind and options. An intuitive battery life indicator (green for plenty charged, yellow for running...

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Nakto Camel Electric Bicycle Review

Did you know that you can get an e-bike for under a thousand dollars? Yep, this Nakto Camel Electric Bicycle retails for $600 and I've seen it cheaper on Amazon. Crazy, right? I predict that we are going to see more and more e-bikes on the road because A-they are...

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Toad&Co Lilac Wave Rosemarie Dress & Chaka Skirt

Toad&Co has come out with a wonderful fabric for summer, the Lilac Wave Print. This is organic cotton with a wavy, summery pattern in a cooling color that is soothing. Let's start with the Rosemarie Dress. This is a versatile, comfortable dress that you can wear...

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Smartwool PhD Outdoor Approach Socks

The new Smartwool Women's PhD Outdoor Approach Socks are the latest evolution in the brand's partnership with alpinist Conrad Anker. They're made to perform. Featuring seamless toe construction to prevent blisters, mesh venting to help keep your feet cool, imported...

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Serengeti Matera Sunglasses for Active Pursuits

The new Serengeti Matera Sunglasses offer a sporty look, polarized glass lenses and great comfort. You know I'm partial to aviators, especially Serengeti's aviators. But if you don't want quite as much coverage as the aviators provide, the Materas are a nice...

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Dreamy Corkcicle Unicorn Magic Collection

There is something completely irresistible about iridescence, I never cease to be fascinated by it. Well, finally some genius out there decided to add this magical effect to utilitarian tumblers and canteens. The Corkcicle Unicorn Magic Collection twinkles with...

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Rumple Iceland Print Puffy Blanket Review

Let me just say right now, this is the prettiest blanket ever. Definitely the most beautiful outdoorsy blanket I've ever seen. Seriously, if someone were to design a blanket just for me, this would be it. Number one--I am madly in love with Iceland, number two--this...

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Motorola Talkabout T605 H20 Waterproof Walkie Talkies

The Motorola Talkabout T605 H20 two-way radios are ideal for back country adventures that take you out of cell phone range. Two-way radios are handy for communication and safety and I love them as part of your emergency disaster kit. NOAA weather updates and alerts...

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GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle Review

The GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle is a new type of water purifier, offering straight forward access to potable water with a press function. It's great for international travel, backpacking, camping, and disaster preparedness. You just scoop up your water from...

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Serengeti Brera Sunglasses: Versatile, Elegant Comfort

Serengeti has me completely hooked on their aviator sunglasses. So honestly, it's hard to try other styles and brands because that's what I reach for first. But this summer I wanted to expand my horizons and try some other styles for a change of pace. Check out these...

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Gregory Quadro Hardcase Roller 22 for Active Travelers

Gregory has started offering luggage, isn't that exciting? I'm a big fan of their packs and duffels, so I knew I would love their wheeled luggage. Check out the Gregory Quadro Hardcase Roller 22. This is a carryon that is ideal for active people traveling with gear....

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Astral TR1 Trek W’s Amphibious Light Hiker

Need a shoe that does it all? Check out the Astral TR1 Trek W's Amphibious Light Hiker. This baby will take you from kayaking to the trail then out walking around a new city. It looks so cute with cropped pants and shorts. This is my first experience with Astral...

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Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles Review

Need some packable trekking poles? Look at these Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles. Aren't they sharp? They telescope down to 24 inches, and weigh just over 9 ounces. They get their name from the sturdy aircraft aluminum they are made with. They are great for hiking,...

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Coal Huck Lifeguard Hat Review

Summer is almost here guys. Are you as excited as I am? I want beach. And with beach comes a lot of sunshine, so I like to wear a hat with a big brim to give me some shade. The Coal Huck Lifeguard Hat safeguards you from SPF  on those searingly sunny days. These are...

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Swagtron SwagCycle Pro Review

Have you ever ridden an e-bike? Believe it or not, I never have, though I've always wanted to try one. And I have never seen anything like the SwagCycle Pro before, much less rode one. This thing is SO FUN. There really wasn't much of a learning curve, it's super...

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Po Campo Irving Backpack Pannier

Po Campo makes the most unique, beautiful bike bags that are innovative and as useful as they are great looking. Look at the new Po Campo Irving Backpack Pannier, with this light hearted bubble motif perfect for summer. It does come in black and a lovely geometric...

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Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket

Are you out there drowning in on and off spring showers like we've been? The Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket is a great solution that you can stow away in your daypack for those out of the blue rain storms. It's kind of a must-have and since it packs down so...

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Nantucket Lightship Bike Basket

The Nantucket Lightship Bike Basket is a classic, and the brand's best selling basket. Who doesn't love that traditional look of a wicker bike basket and a cruiser? Made from finely woven ratan cane, the basket is a replica of 1800's Nantucket baskets. It's easy to...

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Maximus Camera Floodlight: Must Have for Travelers

Maximus lighting has become one of my very favorite things. I don't think a whole lot about it, but as soon as the internet is down and I don't have access to my cameras, I realize how much I depend on them for everyday needs. And now, there is another...

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Pacsafe Dry Anti Theft Portable Safe

The new Pacsafe Dry Anti Theft Portable Safe is a 15 Liter dry bag that is perfect for securing your valuables this summer. When you are kayaking at a busy park and want to beef up your security, this is your bag. The description says "water resistant" so I wouldn't...

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Chaco Wayfarer Sandal: Versatile Summer Comfort

If you wear a lot of white, you will really appreciate the beautiful otter gray leather Chaco Wayfarer Sandal. Aren't they pretty? This is the Classic Z Sandal, but in leather. They do come in other colors, but that gray is so unique and so perfect to wear with white...

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Patagonia Down Sweater Vest: Travel Wardrobe Must Have

This Christmas I included the The Patagonia Down Sweater Vest in my gift guide because I love it so much. It's perfect for travel and daily wear. It packs down very small, so it's easy to take along in your suitcase or daypack. I find I want to wear it all the time...

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Love Your Brain with Nutcase Fuchsia Helmet

May is National Bike Month. Celebrate with a new helmet, like this Nutcase Fuchsia Helmet. Don't you love seeing bright colors this time of year? Well, any time of year really, but this one really fits the mood. Also, you will be seen, that's for sure. Nutcase helmets...

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Brilliant Bicycle Company Mayfair Cruiser

Are you as happy as I am to get out there on two wheels? There's nothing like those first few spring bike rides, and look what I got to ride, this dreamy Brilliant Bicycle Company Mayfair Cruiser. This is one gorgeous bicycle. It's old school but quite modern at the...

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Sanuk Chiba Quest Knit: I’m in Love

OMG people. I just discovered the most wonderful shoe for warm weather travel! Can you feel my excitement? The Sanuk Chiba Quest Knit is one of the best shoes for travel I've ever come across.  It's feather light, so it won't add bulk to your luggage, and it is...

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Astral Layla PFD Made for Women’s Curves

The Astral Layla PFD is the brand's flagship personal flotation device and has been a fan favorite for the last 20 years. Women love this model because it conforms to curvy figures. I love that they stuck to the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" philosophy and...

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Revo Bailer H2o Blue Crystal Sunglasses

Made for activity, but oh so chill, these Revo Bailer H2o Blue Crystal Sunglasses, with their magical blue lenses soothe the eyes from glare and look beautiful doing it. H20 Blue Crystal lenses are ground and polished similar to camera lenses. They're scratch...

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Seal Line Discovery Deck Dry Bag: Perfect for Paddling

Need a way to carry all your stuff when you're paddle boarding or kayaking? Check out the Seal Line Discovery Deck Dry Bag. This is a durable, compressible dry bag that comes in several sizes from 10L-50L. This bag come in several different colors too, from pink to...

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Platypus Tokul Hydration Pack XC 5.0 Review

It's so nice to have water right there at the ready when you need it. Hands free, no muss-no fuss. A system like this Platypus Tokul Hydration Pack XC 5.0 fits the bill for the minimalist. It has just enough storage for the essentials (keys, money, lip balm, phone,...

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GCI Outdoors Master Cook Station Camp Kitchen

Anybody going camping for spring break? If you're like me, you get a thrill out of cooking outside. Look at this cool GCI Outdoors Master Cook Station. This is perfect for gourmet cooking, or just burgers and dogs for the family. When I go camping, I bring ingredients...

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BioLite SunLight Portable Solar Light

The BioLite SunLight Portable Solar Light is so awesome BioLite can't keep it in stock. Why? Because it's a solar powered, dimmable, compact, multi-color light that's about the size of a deck of cards (only square) and so versatile it will have a place in all your...

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Eddie Bauer Voyager Blazer & Pant

Want to look pulled together when you travel? Wear a blazer. Even if you're wearing jeans, somehow a blazer dresses everything up. The Eddie Bauer Voyager Blazer is a great choice, made for travel. A flattering fit with princess seams gives the jacket a feminine look,...

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Topeak Joe Blow III High Pressure Bike Pump

When spring finally gets here, one of the first things I want to do is hop on my bike and feel the fresh air in my hair. This is a good time to inspect your bike and make sure everything is in good working order, pump up your tires, get a tune up, etc. The Topeak Joe...

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Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive: Storage on the Go

Need some storage for your photos and videos? The Sandisk iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone, iPad & Computers will free up space on your devices or save the day when you're on the go and get that dreaded "storage almost full" alert. I've had that happen and found...

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EMU Australia Pioneer Boots

Do your feet get freezing cold in the winter? Mine get so cold the only way to warm up is with a hot shower. Then I discovered shearling boots and my feet stay a whole lot warmer. And they come in so many different styles now, so you can get the warmth with the look...

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myCharge HubMax Portable Charger

Meet my new favorite travel charger. The myCharge HubMax portable charger has a built in wall plug--I have never seen this before, have you? It's fantastic and has me wondering why more chargers don't have this. No more searching for that part, and no more fussing...

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Glerups Felt Slippers: Farm to Foot Comfort

Glerups is a wool brand based in the Netherlands offering unique farm to foot slippers and shoes. Glerups Felt Slippers are made from 100% natural materials like soft felt wool from New Zealand farms, natural rubber, and leather. I love these Glerups felt slippers...

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No Slipping on Ice & Snow with Yaktrax

You can avoid slipping and sliding on icy trails and sidewalks with Yatrax. Things can get really hairy on sidewalks in places that don't get snow often because there's no infrastructure to deal with it. Sidewalks can have thick ice on them for days, and without...

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube Set

Traveling for the holidays? The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Tech Cube Set will keep all your stuff organized to streamline your packing. When you're organized, travel is just so much more pleasurable because it reduces stress. The Eagle Creek Specter Tech comes with...

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Darn Tough Women’s Winter Socks

Darn Tough makes my favorite sock--they are just flat out the best in my option.  Who else offers a lifetime guarantee on their socks? I've yet to have to take Darn Tough up on their guarantee because I've never worn out a pair of their socks. Let's take a look at...

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Sanuk Donna Hemp Chill Sidewalk Surfers

For years I always traveled with flip flops, all four seasons.  I can't tell you how often I've needed them, for swimming pools, or just when my feet are overheated from boots. You know, you get to the airport and change out of your winter boots into something that is...

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Outdoor Tech USB Wall Charger

Meet my new favorite charger. It's the Outdoor Tech USB Wall Charger and it charges my MacBook while it charges my phone. Now why aren't there more chargers like this? I don't think I've ever seen one with USB-C capabilities. My MacBook, which is notoriously finicky,...

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Serengeti Alghero Pilot Sunglasses

I have become totally hooked on Serengeti. This fall my Serengeti's gave me clear, enhanced HD fall foliage that was thrilling. Now that it's getting darker and darker out, I think these Serengeti Alghero Pilot Sunglasses are a great choice. The tint is mild, so they...

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BearPaw Short Elle Boot: Keep those Feet Toasty!

My feet have been freezing lately. We've had snow already and a few cold days that have kept my feet ice cold. Enter the BearPaw Short Elle Boot. Warmth! You know what's awesome about these boots? they can handle rain. Straight out of the NeverWet collection, the Elle...

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Hobo Sheila Travel Crossbody Bag

I have been lusting after the Hobo Sheila Travel Crossbody Bag for a couple of years and I am nothing short of giddy that I finally got to take it out for a spin. It's my new favorite bag, and I expected as much. The newest Sheila has a cool guitar style crossbody...

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Naot Tellin Boot: Holy Arch Support Batman!

Where has Naot been all these years? Rather where have I been? Naot's been around and somehow I've never tried their shoes. Enter the Naot Tellin Boot which has my feet happy as can be. The arch support is heavenly. For those of you who need that kind of support, try...

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Eddie Bauer Fall Clothes for Women

Fall is here and it's time for a couple of seasonal pieces from Eddie Bauer. Look at these uber cute Boyfriend Patch Jeans. These are perfect for Autumn adventures. You can wear them casual or dress them up. I like mixing styles and these look fabulous with a black...

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Picture Keeper Connect: On the Go Photo Storage

Do you take a lot of pictures with your phone? I take a crazy amount of photos, especially when I'm traveling, often running out of storage. Picture Keeper Connect is a wonderful solution to that sinking feeling when your phone tells you you are almost out of space....

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Men’s Darn Tough Socks Rule

Darn Tough of Vermont makes my favorite socks, and they're my son's favorite too. We fight over them all them time, and the only way I can keep them away from him is to get girly colors like pink and purple with flowers. But they do make a collection just for the...

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Hydro Flask Insulated Tumblers

Hydro Flask Insulated Tumblers are something I have with me all the time these days. In the car, on the go, in the house, and at my desk. They are a must for road trips. I love them for cold drinks, hot drinks, and even just plain water. And there are some gorgeous...

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GCI Outdoor 3-Position Directors Chair With Ottoman

Have you ever seen a camp chair that comes with an ottoman? Not just that, but a tray table too? AND--it reclines! The GCI Outdoors Directors Chair with Ottoman is a luxurious camp chair that has a built-in tray table and an ottoman so you can put your feet up and...

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Gregory Alpaca 45 Duffel

Look at this gorgeous Duffel. It's the Gregory Alpaca 45 Duffel, and it's as functional as it is easy on the eyes. Isn't that blue soothing? Soothing is a vibe I like on my adventures to balance out excitement. The Gregory Alpaca 45 Duffel is heavy duty. I would not...

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Slumberjack Overland 10 Tent

Summer is not officially over until September 22. I'm hanging on! Are you too? The weather is still summery where I'm at and it's still camping season, only better because the kids are back in school and campgrounds are way less crowded. If you want to get in some...

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BioLite CookStove Bundle

I have long been fascinated with the BioLite Camp Stove and was super excited to try it out. What sets this camp stove apart from others is that you don't need cans of propane fuel for it to work. All you need are twigs. Isn't that awesome? And guess what, that makes...

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Fuse Chicken Titan Plus Lightning Cable

The Fuse Chicken Titan Plus Lightning Cable is a longer version of this fabulous Titan cable which has become my one and ONLY cable that still works. Seriously, the only one since I wrote that first review and have since tested and used about six other cables. I don't...

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Campfire Cooking: GSI Outdoors Anodized Dutch Oven

The GSI Outdoors Anodized Dutch Oven is a wonderful way to enjoy campfire cooking. I love the concept of a one-pot meal, and this will allow you to prepare one easily and with the ambiance of watching it cook over open flame. The GSI Outdoors Anodized Dutch Oven is a...

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Strongback Elite Chair: Camp Luxury

When I saw the box this chair came in, I thought it was going to be too tall and unwieldily. Then I sat in it and wow! I don't care how big it is, it's going with me. What a luxurious chair. I like to sit criss-cross applesauce, and in this chair I can because it's...

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Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth Speaker

Have you ever wanted a bluetooth speaker tough enough to strap on to your kayak or bike? One that can withstand the elements and handle a drop? Well here you go, the Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth Speaker is probably the toughest I've ever seen. Built like a tank, I don't...

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Revo Helix Sunglasses with H20 Blue Crystal Lenses

The Revo Helix Sunglasses with a gunmetal frame and the new H2O Blue Crystal lenses are a gorgeous take on the aviator. The lenses are so pretty, ever so slightly cobalt, they are soothing to the eyes and beautiful on the face. These are the prettiest lenses I've ever...

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Camp Chef Redwood Fire Pit: Portable Campfire

For me, the best part of camping is the campfire. I can't wait to get set up and get the fire going, it gives me deep, primal satisfaction. But sometimes, a fire isn't possible. You arrive too late at the campsite and there's not enough time to manage a campfire,...

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Traveler’s Choice Prokas Carry On Review

Luggage just keeps getting better and better. It's amazing how a few smart tweaks can have such a large effect on function. The award winning Traveler's Choice Prokas Carry On has three features I'm excited about. A low center of gravity, a patent-pending ergonomic...

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6 Grilling Tools for Summer BBQs

Need some inspiration for your 4th of July Grilling? Check out these fabulous grilling tools for summer BBQs from Charcoal Companion. You can use these at the campground, the park, or home on your backyard grill. Flame Friendly Ceramic Wok Look at this beautiful...

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Black Diamond Iota Rechargeable Headlamp

Black Diamond creates the best lighting options for outdoor use, I love their products. They keep innovating and each year they just keep getting better and better. Check out the new Iota Headlamp. This baby is rechargeable by USB. This is Black Diamond's smallest...

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RinseKit: Instant Shower and Hose

When I first saw RinseKit, it was one of those things I wondered what took so long to create. We've all needed this forever. Every camper, every person that goes to the beach and doesn't want sand all over their car, every outdoors enthusiast can use this, and that's...

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Pizzacraft Folding Bamboo Pizza Peel

For the last couple of weeks I've been obsessed with the Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Pizza Oven and now I've discovered an accessory to make preparing pizzas even more fun, the Pizzacraft Folding Bamboo Pizza Peel. The Pizzeria Pronto is the most exciting...

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Serengeti Gloria Sunglasses

Here are some slightly rose colored glasses for your summer enjoyment in the Serengeti Gloria Sunglasses. These are one of Serengeti's "feminine" designs with a cate-eye look. They come in different lense and frame colors, and I love the sleek Satin Titanium matched...

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GCI Freestyle Rocker Camp Chair

Here is an awesome, must-have outdoor rocking chair guys, the GCI Freestyle Rocker Camp Chair. I'm crazy about the rocker chairs. They are perfect for people who fidget, and that movement is so relaxing. This one is a regular-chair height at 19 inches, and it is so...

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Teva Arrowood WP Lightweight Shoe for Travel

The Teva Arrowood WP is a lightweight shoe perfect for travel. It won't add much weight to your bag, but will perform like a heavier hiking shoe on moderate trails. The sole is cushy and comfortable and I like the speckled look. There's leather over the top of your...

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Liv Flourish FS 1 Bicycle Review

Summer is almost here guys, just a few more days. This is my favorite time for cycling, it’s magical. I don’t even think of it as exercise because it’s so fun. This Liv Flourish bicycle is a great year-round bike, but I first discovered it during the summer in Vail,...

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Rumpl Old Growth Puffy Blanket Review

You know I'm obsessed with beautiful design, right? Well look at this unique blanket. This is the Rumpl Old Growth Puffy Blanket and it is functional art. Use it camping, at the beach, in your hammock or at home, it's as versatile as it is gorgeous. The Rumpl Old...

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Patagonia Lightweight Black Hole Duffel

Patagonia's new lightweight duffels are perfect to take along on your travels for when you are expecting to come back with souvenirs and extra goods. It's also great in reverse--you have extras you will not return with. That's because the duffel packs down small and...

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Revo Relay Aviator Sunglasses

Revo Relay Aviator Sunglasses are low profile and beautiful. In the summer, I love Revo's pretty blue lens sunglasses. But in the fall and winter, I prefer sunglasses with lighter lenses to wear during days that aren't so bright but still produce a lot of glare....

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Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven Review

Okay guys, this one is life changing. I am not kidding. I can just barely contain my excitement long enough to tell you about my new favorite thing--the Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven. Whoever thought this up should be enshrined. Pizza is my favorite...

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Topeak Nano TorqBar DX Bike Tool

I've been sitting on this review for a while, waiting for good bike riding weather. Now that the sun is out again, I've been tightening bolts, adding accessories, and getting our bikes in great condition for summer. Enter the Topeak Nano TorqBar DX. What a handy tool!...

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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

Headlamps are an essential camping item, and my favorite headlamps are from Black Diamond. They've improved on the Spot headlamp, updating it with 200 lumens and waterproof housing--it's a great upgrade, and worth getting to improve on function from the previous...

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Nite Ize Radiant 300 Rechargable Lantern

Just a little bit longer and it will be time for camping again. This winter seemed like it would never end, I can't wait to be sitting by the campfire, can you? There's some fun new gear to look forward to as well. Nite Ize has an awesome new lantern perfect for...

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Ariat Santos Boot: BadAss Cowgirl Chic

It’s been a long time since I’ve worn traditional cowboy boots like the Ariat Santos Boot. I’ve fallen in love with Ariat’s square and round toe boots and really didn’t think the pointy style would be nearly as comfortable. Boy was I wrong. These boots rival the...

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O-venture cOmbO Keyring-Wallet Sets

Every now and then, something comes my way that is so different and so fun that it makes me a little giddy. Like this gorgeous O-venture cOmbO set. Isn’t that pretty? The best part is that it makes life easier and I dare you to lose your keys on this big O key-ring....

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Sleepypod Atom In-Flight Pet Carrier

Going somewhere and want to take Fido?  Sleepypod has a fabulous option for transporting your pets, and it's the answer to my wish that they would make a small version of the Sleepypod Air.  The new Atom is smaller, and I think even better with more storage space and...

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Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System

The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System is a versatile, compact way to get potable water in the outdoors. Even if you are an urbanite who is more into city travel than hanging out in the woods, you still need one of these. Everyone needs one of these--you need it...

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SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray, Bear Bells

If you are going into bear territory, you want to bring a bear bell at minimum, and preferably a can of spray as well. SABRE Frontiersman Bear Spray is tested to be the most effective on the market, with a spray blast that reaches up to 35ft away. This is the brand...

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Outdoor Tech Los Cabos Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Outdoor Tech Los Cabos Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are great travel headphones because they are light weight,  low profile and fold up for easy transport. These will easily fit in your personal item bag for inflight enjoyment. They sound great and feel comfortable...

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KEEN Hoodoo III Boot Review

KEEN has updated the Hoodoo Boot to a new level of awesomeness that will keep your feet warm and toasty for the rest of the winter. I don't know about you, but I have been freezing cold for weeks. My feet are always the coldest and I appreciate a warm boot. Besides...

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Leatherman Skeletool RX

You know how you're supposed to keep a window shattering tool in your car in case you end up in water? I know, I shudder to think of it too. And you're supposed to be able to cut through a seatbelt easily as well. Well here is the perfect tool for this and way beyond....

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Ahnu Montara Lux Insulated Boot

The new Ahnu Montara Lux Insulated Boot is just what we all need right now, while we are being blasted with Arctic weather. These boots are cozy and warm, and comfortable. Waterproof nubuck and 200 grams of thinsulate keep your feet nice and warm in snow and cold...

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Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series: Comprehensive

The Adventure Medical Kit Mountain Series is a must have item for the backcountry and remote travel. The Comprehensive Kit, as the name implies, includes a wealth of first aid and handy instructions to help you out if you get into trouble. It's appropriate for folks...

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MAXIMUS Smart Home Security Outdoor Light & Camera

Going away for the holidays and want to keep an eye on your house? Check out the MAXIMUS Smart Home Security Outdoor Light & Camera. A porch light with a built in camera is such a smart idea. I wish I'd had one a long time ago. There are so many times I could have...

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Giro Sonnet Bike Helmet

The Giro Sonnet Bike Helmet is the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. It's so light weight, that as helmets go, I hardly know it's there. The fit is perfect for me, and it's easy to adjust. My son has used it several times in a pinch, and he loves it too. I...

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Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket

Bellroy products scream quality. They are so well made and so great looking, you feel like you have a treasure when you open the cool envelope they come in to reveal what's inside. Check out the Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket. It's a weatherproof oversized wallet...

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Ariat Probaby Lacer Boot: Travel Friendly Riding Boots

A while back I fell in love with Ariat's Probaby boots for their comfort and style. I really fell for the stars on the sides. Well check this out, they have another version called the Ariat Probaby Lacer Boot. These give you the fun of having stars on your feet, the...

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Eddie Bauer Travel Blazer

A classic blazer is a great thing to travel with. It instantly dresses up an outfit--even jeans and a t-shirt, offers a dressier form of warmth in place of a hoodie, and is obviously great for business. This Eddie Bauer Travel Blazer is a heavier weight fabric that...

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Costa Del Mar Conch Sunglasses

I covet my Costa sunglasses. I can't believe how well made and awesome they are, and I baby them like crazy, always putting them in their case and making sure they are pristine. I'm hooked on them. Well, I just discovered my favorite so far, the Costa Del Mar Conch...

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Fuse Chicken Titan USB-Lightning Cable

Sometimes it seems like we go through USB cables like tissues. I don't even think we're that hard on them, but rather the design just isn't that great. Longevity is terrible. The cord almost always frays at the tips and they short out. And the other thing I find is...

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Nantucket Madaket Creel Bike Basket

Talk about charming. How picturesque and quaint to see a bicycle with a pretty bike basket. A real basket. Check out the Nantucket Madaket Creel Bike Basket. The design was inspired by an antique fishing creel and has a lid, which is not always easy to find with bike...

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Exped Daypack & Bike Poncho

Leave it to Exped to make a rain poncho cool. I don't know how, but they upgraded this backpack staple. The Exped Daypack & Bike Poncho is a high quality rain poncho that packs down small. It's perfect to throw in your daypack to have just in case. The material...

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Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody: Fall Must-Have

The Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody is the latest in the Nano Puff collection which is windproof, water resistant and warmer than it looks for such a light weight jacket. The recycled ripstop fabric is soft and comfortable against skin. This jacket comes in my favorite...

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Thule T2 Pro Bike Carrier: Could’t Be Easier

I knew I was going to love the new Thule T2 Pro Bike Carrier, but I didn't realize how much. This thing makes me want to take my bike everywhere. It is so easy to maneuver that I can load and unload my bike quickly and painlessly. Now we won't hesitate to take our...

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Costa Wingman Sunglasses

Costa Del Mar makes some major comfortable sunglasses. If you are going to be around water, these polarized lenses and ultra comfy, lightweight fit is worth the investment. See those rubberized temples? They are soft. They feel good against your skin and don't slip...

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Chaco Classic Z/X1 Sandal with ChacoGrip

hat make you want a new pair. Check out these new Cobalt Swell Chaco Classic Z/X1 Sandal. The soothing blue reminds me of water and it's cooling and perfect for hot summer days. What I love about Chacos is that they work in a variety of situations. Wear them hiking,...

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Detours Rainier Handlebar Duffel Bag

One of my favorite things to do in a new place is get some bikes and ride around checking things out. But sometimes (most of the time), loaner bikes do not come with any sort of basket or carrier for my stuff. It's really handy to have something with you that works on...

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Timbuk 2 Mutt Mover Dog Carrier

Are you looking for a discreet dog carrier for more active transport? They're tough to find, right? Check out the Timbuk 2 Mutt Mover. Right away you can see how low key it is. This does not scream "I have a dog!" Nor is it frumpy, which I find so many pet carriers...

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Revo Raconteur Aviator Sunglasses

I have been really getting into aviator style sunglasses in the last year or so. I feel like that extra bit of lens at the bottom adds up to more sun protection, and I like the look. Polarized aviators, like these Revo Raconteur Aviator Sunglasses are even better...

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Travel Blender: NutriBullet Pro

I've been looking for a travel blender for a while. One that won't add too much bulk to my carryon but something that is still powerful enough to actually work. At home I use a Blendtec which is extremely powerful and a whole lot to live up to. I've seen Nutribullets...

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Yakima Rocket Box Pro 12

When I downsized my car I worried about how hard it would be to go car camping. I went from a Volvo wagon to a tiny compact Toyota. But guess what? it's every bit as easy to go camping with the small car and here's why--I put a Yakima Rocket Box Pro 12 on the roof. My...

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GSI Outdoors Java Drip: Coffee on the Go

Like everything else, coffee tastes better outside. I've tried all sorts of ways to make coffee while camping and traveling. French press, cowboy coffee and (blech) instant.  In hotels, I feel like I've tried every possible machine out there, but sometimes the most...

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Big Agnes Helinox Sunset Chair

Big Agnes has outdone themselves with the new Big Agnes Helinox Sunset Chair. How they managed to make such a comfortable chair so lightweight and packable I don't know, but I want to see more of this. We took it camping and fought over it. It's perfect for small car...

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Traveler’s Choice Sedona Series Luggage

Traveler's Choice Sedona 4-Wheeled Luggage is light weight and super durable. You may have seen the youtube videos where this luggage is being run over by a truck.  It comes in some bold colors like bright yellow, red, and even pink. I love the shiny jet black.  It's...

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Ariat Probaby Comfortable Cowgirl Boots for Travel

Have you ever travelled with cowgirl/cowboy boots?  To a minimalist like me it might seem frivolous at first glance.  But try on a boot like Ariat's Probaby and you immediately rethink it.  They're super comfy and oh so cute.  Look at those stars!  Comfortable Cowgirl...

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Ultra Light EXPED Travel Hammock

The ultra light Exped Travel Hammock is, as you would expect from Exped, very light and practical at 11 ounces. This suspension system is something new for me--there's no carabiners on the ends. The Exped hammock hangs with knots, saving the weight of metal. Sold...

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Eagle Creek Specter Packing Cubes

The Eagle Creek Specter Packing Cubes are fabulous for people like me who get OCD about travel organization. They are paper thin, but strong and they hold way more than you think. They come in white, a bright green (strobe) and orange, and they are all somewhat opaque...

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Exped Mega Mat: Luxury Meets Bad Ass

Over the years I've used a lot of different sleeping pads for camping, I've also slept right on the ground with nothing but a sleeping bag.  Exped's Mega Mat  is my all time favorite sleeping mat. It rivals my bed at home, and I have an awesome bed.  Though it is...

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GSI Outdoors Ketalist Review

There's nothing like some hot Chai tea when it's cold outside.  Even more so when you're enjoying your meals outside on a camping trip.  GSI Outdoors makes a fabulous little tea pot perfect for camping and travel.  It comes by itself or as part of this set called THE...

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Bellroy Passport Sleeve: Beautiful Minimalism

Sophisticated and sleek, the Bellroy Passport Sleeve is perfect for the minimalist international traveler.  It's low profile, but they thought of everything, like a shiny gun metal silver micro pen (and re-fill) for filling out customs forms. When flight attendants...

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Ex Officio BugsAway Clothing

They say this year mosquitoes and ticks get worse.  So what if, like me, you are sensitive to chemicals and avoid bug spray like the plague?  You can invest in some of the Ex Officio BugsAway clothing, that's what. Check out this Halo shirt which incorporates Insect...

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Sleepypod Yummy Bowls for Dog Travel

Traveling with pets?  Check out the Sleepypod Yummy Bowls.  Instead of carrying a water bowl, a food bowl, and a baggie with food, this keeps everything contained.  You can store food or water in the bottom, the middle container is the food bowl, and the lid is a...

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