Gear Review: Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack

Osprey Tempest Womens Backpack in Tourmaline Green

Versatile, extremely lightweight, and the recent recipient of a Backpacker Magazine's award (actually bestowed upon the men's version,  the Osprey Talon) - the Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack is one to love. Now that I'm no longer toting my son in a backpack child carrier on the trails, I decided it was time to try out a new backpack for myself. I'd seen many Osprey packs on the Colorado trails before.  So after my husband showed me the Osprey featured in his magazine, I decided I'd love to try one out.   Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack ~ Features This is a fantastic, extremely comfortable pack.  It comes in various sizes, but this review is of the Osprey Tempest 20.  It's described as a multi-use pack that can be used for either backpacking or hiking.  I've found it to have the perfect capacity for my day hike needs, along with some awesome features. At a glance, here are a few of my favorite Osprey Women's Backpack features: Extremely lightweight and … [Read more...]

Royal Robbins Travel Clothing ~ Metro Stretch Jacket & Discovery Pencil Pant

Royal Robbins Travel Clothing Metro Stretch Jacket in light taupe back

If you look for light weight, quick drying multi purpose pieces for your travel adventures, you should look at Royal Robbins Travel Clothing.   Royal Robbins creates apparel rooted in the outdoors, with many pieces that also work well for travel - featuring both style and performance.  Their goal is to create products which celebrate your versatile lifestyle. Royal Robbins Travel Clothing ~ Metro Stretch Jacket Royal Robbin's Metro Stretch Jacket ($90) is a very light weight layer with a distinctive style.  It has a zip-through funnel-neck collar and tie closure, which add uniqueness to this jacket's look.  Details like reverse side panels, and a back pleat with a reflective strip add both interest and function. The fabric is a blend called "Metro Stretch Melange".  It's a polyester and nylon combination, and is truly feather weight.  This makes it a nice option to add to your travel wardrobe, which will take up almost no space whatsoever in your bag.   It has a smooth, … [Read more...]

Best Laptop Travel Bag ~ STM Velo 2

STM Velo 2 Laptop Travel Bag

When I found out I was headed for a week in LA on a work trip, I decided it was high time to up my laptop bag game.  I searched for the best laptop travel bag, and I believe I found it:  the STM Velo 2. It needed to be able to securely house my beefy 15" Dell work laptop.  And it also needed to be a slick travel companion in the airport, efficiently toting all my needed carry on items as my primary travel bag.  It did both, and it did it in style. Best Laptop Travel Bag ~ STM Velo 2 After it arrived, the STM Velo 2 instantly impressed me with it's quality construction.  I'm fairly obsessed with bags, and own quite a few brands and styles.  Quality-wise, this is one of the best I've seen. Sturdy, smooth release buckles Easy gliding zippers with handy pull tabs Nicely cushioned shoulder pad Generously padded and soft-lined compartments for both your laptop and tablet Durable material and overall solid construction. Impressive.  This picture gives you a nice … [Read more...]

Outdoorsy Chic Style From Aventura Clothing [Coupon Code]

Aventura Clothing Rowan Capri Beverly Top 2

My favorite type of clothing is that which is comfortable, versatile, and practical, leaving me ready for any adventure or activity my day brings.   I work in an office.  I travel.  I play outdoors with my kids.  I love wearing Aventura Clothing because I can do all of these things... and showcase some exceptionally cute style at the same time! When I became an Aventura Ambassador earlier this year, I already had many of their pieces in my closet.  These are the clothes I reach for time and again, and always feel confident in.   Here's a little bit about why I love them, and a look at some of my favorite items from their Spring collection. Aventura Clothing for Spring & Summer My best overall description for the Aventura Clothing brand is "outdoorsy chic", and I appreciate the gap they fill in the fashion industry.   I'm not ready to cash in my chips for the frumpy mom look just yet, but I also don't want to dress like I still think I'm a teenager. And I love that when … [Read more...]

Haiku Bucket Bag ~ Outdoorsy Meets Chic

Haiku Bucket Bag, new color for Spring 2014

If you are new to Haiku bags, you are in for a treat.  This is one of those discoveries which will quickly work its way into your heart.  Outdoorsy truly meets chic in the Haiku Bucket Bag. Since the onset of motherhood, and as part of our fairly active Colorado lifestyle, I bring quite a few practical items along with me when I leave home.  Ok, sometimes I use a backpack. So I'm just not a small, shiny, "Glam" purse kinda gal (those never look right with my trail shoes?)  Haiku bags have caught my eye on more than one occasion, offering a fantastic option which combines practical with exceptionally artsy and chic. But don't be fooled by me describing them as "outdoorsy", or a great travel bag (which they also are).  Haiku bags are not plain utilitarian styles, made of boring backpack-type fabric.  You'll instantly notice their winning combination of interesting and practical designs, along with fun patterns and colors which make them stand out from the crowd. I was very … [Read more...]

Lug Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag [Giveaway, Ended 3/7]

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Anyone who appreciates well designed, quality travel gear (and a cheery rainbow of colors!) will appreciate Lug, one of my favorite travel accessory and bag brands. Not only do they make fantastically organized, well thought out and extremely useful products for your travel adventures... they clearly use them themselves.  Because they're always spot on.  Take the Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag, for instance. I recently went on a quest to replace my bulky, disorganized gym bag.  I'm so done with the ugly mammoth duffel.  So I started Googling "women's gym bag" to see what alternatives were out there.  When my search turned up Lug's Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag, I knew I'd hit pay dirt. What?  What??  Lug makes a gym bag?  Booo-yaaah! I've reviewed some Lug travel items before and was highly impressed.  (In fact, I still use and enjoy both of those pieces.)    Here's how my experience using the Lug Cartwheel Bag at the gym has gone, over the past few weeks.  I think you're … [Read more...]

Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag

Everything Fits Gym Bag Black - white backgroun

Frustrated with my cumbersome, bulky gym duffel bag... I went on a quest to replace it with something more helpful, cute, and appropriate.  Take a look at the Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag I've been trying out for the past few weeks.  I love it's size and features, and think you will, too. Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag ~ Price & Features. Well designed for the specific purpose of toting a woman's things to and from the gym, I was excited to see the size and check out the utility factor of the Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag. First, the reasonable price.  I've shopped around online a fair bit for gym bags lately.  At $60, I feel Gaiam's "Everything Fits Gym Bag" is a comparatively well-priced gym bag option. Here's what Gaiam has to say about this bag: "This eco-chic bag keeps you organized. Its roomy interior features a zippered pocket, an elastic pocket, and a key tether. A vented outside compartment can hold shoes, wet clothes or towel. It also includes an easy-reach … [Read more...]

Point6 Merino Wool Socks for Women & Kids [Discount Code]

Poimt6 Merino Wool Women Kids Socks

Point6 makes high quality merino wool socks for the entire family, for just about any activity.  They've got a nice selection of designs and styles to choose from, and feature sock options for men, women and kids.  I had heard very good things about them, from a fellow outdoor blogger (and experienced gear tester), so wanted to have my family give them a try. So what does their name mean?  Point6 is named for 98.6° F, the body's optimal temperature.  It stands for the temperature stabilizing properties inherent to Point6 merino wool, which help naturally regulate your body temperature. Not all merino wool is created equal, and Point6 prides itself on using "highest quality merino wool fibers, combined with state of the art spinning and knitting techniques to create exceptionally soft merino products". The Benefits of Merino Wool Merino Wool is a natural fiber with numerous benefits, including being able to moderate both hot and cold temperatures - keeping your feet at an … [Read more...]

The Perfect Travel Sweater: Royal Robbins Chenille Cardigan

Royal Robbins Chenille Cardigan

Clothing companies that are born from an outdoor adventurer's pursuit of finding comfortable, durable, useful and attractive clothes are typically my favorite brands. Headquartered out of California, Royal Robbins definitely fits that bill, offering a complete outdoor & travel clothing line. I tried out their Women's Chenille Cardigan, and feel that in addition to being a great wardrobe staple... it makes pretty much the perfect travel sweater. The Perfect Travel Sweater:  Royal Robbins Chenille Cardigan The Royal Robbins Chenille Cardigan comes in four colors, and is an incredibly soft, cozy delight. It's quite warm, very comfortable to wear, and offers a number of great features. First, why is this the perfect travel sweater?  Chenille!  Seriously, when was the last time you wore chenille?  For me, it's been awhile, and this high quality version won me over quickly.  Despite what I anticipated, it's not bulky at all.  When folded, it's both light and surprisingly … [Read more...]

Mountain Khakis Women’s Old Faithful Sweater

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Mountain Khakis is an apparel company headquartered out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who makes clothing "built for the mountain life".  Or perhaps, if you just wished you lived in the midst of some breathtaking and rugged mountains... you're gonna love their style, too.  Although they originally started out with just a mens line, they've since grown and expanded to offer some great clothing for women and kids, too.   I recently tried out Mountain Khakis Women's Old Faithful Sweater, a new addition to their Fall/Winter 2013 line. Take a look at this classic wardrobe piece. Mountain Khakis Women's Old Faithful Sweater First I'd like to reiterate, for any who missed my previous Mountain Khakis review, that this brand uses only the best materials in their construction.  I have a great deal of confidence in the quality of MK clothing. I've noticed the recent use of this unique, two surface fabric from at least one other high-end outdoorsy brand this Fall.   I've never seen the … [Read more...]