Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag [Giveaway, Ended 1/16]

Travelon is a company offering numerous essential travel gear items, from bags and accessories to locks, eye masks, and travel-sized toiletry containers.  They've done their research, making many clever travel solutions available to you in one site.   But one product line where they truly stand out is their Anti-Theft bag series, including the Urban Tour bag. Being on the road, and away from home, you want peace of mind in feeling your valuables are secure.  I love the features this Anti-Theft series have incorporated, and think they are a fantastic idea to use while traveling, or even just during your urban commute. Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag The Travelon Anti-Theft Urban Tour Bag only comes in black, but it's useful and hip style will quickly win you over. To give you an idea of its size, it can hold your iPad in it's protective, thick internal felt-like sleeve - that footprint being a good descriptor of the general height and width of the bag itself.  This sleeve is really … [Read more...]

The Perfect Travel Sweater: 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

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...]

Goodbye Boring Luggage, Hello American Tourister Colora #PackMoreFun

When I got married ten years ago, we received a set of American Tourister luggage as a wedding present.  So I'm already a fan, and on many occasions I've sang the praises and passed along my recommendations of this particular brand of luggage.  With that confidence in quality under my belt, I was happy to meet a new, most welcome addition to our travel lovin' family:  the American Tourister Colora! I really love this bag.  Let me tell you why... American Tourister Colora What a fantastic, well designed, and FUN line of luggage this is.   You pick up quickly on the playful vibe by following American Tourister's #PackMoreFun hashtag on social media, but your first clue about Colora line is the gorgeous, distinctive colors these bags are available in:  Lime green, Orange, and Raspberry. Mine's lime green.  He's stunning, and lovely.  (And I call him Mike Wazoski...  :)  ) But he's oh, so much more than just a pretty, stand-out-wherever-he-goes kinda bag.   Colora comes in three … [Read more...]

Travel Kool With TrendyKid’s Travel Gear

As the airlines continue to squeeze additional fees out of travelers left and right, more and more people are resorting to packing smarter (ie lighter) and bringing a carry-on suitcase.   Since my kids are now of an age where they can negotiate their own rolling case through an airport, I began the quest for a great kids travel gear option.  I found TrendyKid, a Washington DC-based children’s travel accessory company.  And we were very excited when our TrendyKid Travel Kool Case arrived! TrendyKid Travel Kool Case Billed as being the perfect size and style for tweens, the TrendyKid Travel Kool case is a great 17" size, meeting carry-on regulations.  This is an ABS hard shell design case, so it's nice and light weight.  In the world of hard-side luggage, ABS is said to be not as durable of a material as polycarbonate.  But it is lighter, which is probably a more important feature in a kids travel case. It features polyester lining and polycarbonate wheels.  If you do decide to … [Read more...]

Stay Grounded with Earthing Shoes from Juil

Do you find the experience of walking barefoot in the sand or grass peaceful and calming?   Juil, the Wisconsin based makers of high quality shoes, have spring-boarded their entire product line off of this concept.  They offer a line of "earthing" inspired footwear, said to allow your feet to tap into and absorb Earth’s energy from the ground.  Before you scoff at this notion, consider the science behind it. Grounded with Earthing Shoes ~ The Science Behind It Walking barefoot is obviously not always possible, fashionable, or appropriate.  Juil shoes incorporate use of copper conductors located through the toes and heel of the shoes, also called “Exclusive Energy Flow Technology” connectors.  The thought behind this design is that these dots act as a conduit, connecting you to the Earth. Here's how Juil describes how their footwear works: “Our sandals make you feel better. They cleanse your body of stress and toxins, letting you live a healthier, balanced life. They’re not … [Read more...]

Back to School Shoes from Keen ~ Harvest MJ

Whether you long for it, or dread it (or a little bit of both), it's that time of year again to get kids geared up to head back to school!  Ahhh... and along with that comes the big SHOE decision.  My daughter has been trying out a pair of Keen Harvest MJ [Mary Janes] - so take a look at this adorable and durable option. My family has had good experience with the quality of Keen products in the past.  An outdoor brand by nature, I love that their footwear is sturdy and intrinsically built for outdoor adventures, at any given time. Keen Harvest MJ   Keen has had the Harvest MJ style available for women for awhile now, in various fun colors and prints.  Now for back to school 2013, they also have two Harvest Mary Jane options in girls sizes: in Black Iris (shown above left), and Hot Coral (shown above right). From the product site: "Crafted of beautiful patterns and natural canvas, the adorable Harvest MJ is perfect for back to school or weekend outings. The easily … [Read more...]

Lazer Sport Bike Helmets ~ Kids “Skoot” & Womens “Kiss”

Lazer Sport has been in the business of making bike helmets for 90 years, and describes itself as "the most experienced helmet manufacturer in the world".  Their objective is to to find synergy between design, comfort and technology.  Although they also make eyewear and snow helmets, I was interested in trying out some of their kids bike helmets. I think most parents would agree that it's a good idea to have your kids wear bike helmets when riding.  Keys to the success of pulling this off include finding them a properly fitting helmet that's comfortable... and setting a good example by wearing one yourself! My two kids currently fall in the toddler and gradeschool age ranges.  One of the really cool things about Lazer's kid helmets is their unisize feature.  More on this below, but in essence it means both of my kids are now wearing the Lazer Skoot helmet, which will provide them with protection for years to come.  And I also tested out a similar style, but for women - the Laser … [Read more...]

Native Eyewear “Kodiak” Sunglasses

Native Eyewear offers a nice selection of sunglasses and goggles for your outdoor adventure needs. Featuring a lifetime warranty, and use of impressive technology, they are definitely worth taking a look at when shopping for a quality pair of sunglasses. New in 2013 is the style "Kodiak", which I recently tried out. Native Eyewear Technology I recently read an outdoor blogger's article about her experience attempting to climb a Colorado 14er, still sporting snow cover, on a sunny day... in cheap, gas station sunglasses.  She burned her corneas, and learned a very painful lesson.  Turns out 'cheap' sunglasses can actually do more harm, than good. It really does pay to protect your eyes with quality lenses, and even more so if your adventures will be taking you to higher altitudes. You also want your glasses to stay put, not fog up, and be comfortable for active use.   Here are some of the nice technology features that Native Eyewear includes (with descriptions taken from their … [Read more...]

Variety of Energy Snack Choices from Clif Bar

Most on-the-go families are fans of the energy bar.  Whether it's fuel for our hike, or just fuel for my kids while running errands, we typically have an assortment of energy bars stocked in both the vehicles and mom's purse, at all times.  And Clif Bars are a definite favorite at our house. Clif Bar recently sent me an assortment of flavors and types to try.  First let me say the standard Clif Bar is a hiking and pre-workout staple for me, and are always found in my backpack and gym bag.   They come in fantastic flavor  options, deliver great energy, and I love the square-ish size and chewy texture.  Most people are familiar with these, and beyond this lil' shout out, I'm not going to feature them in this particular post. Our Clif Bar samples included a surprising and delightful variety, so allow me to tell you about the 3 Best in Class (in my opinion) here... Clif Kid Z-Bar I started with this one, because it's already an established staple for us, and we purchase them … [Read more...]