Spring 2014 Travel Gear Guide

ebags TLS Professional Slim Laptop Bag

One of the hardest things to narrow down for our travel gear guides are all the great packs and bags for traveling, with so many great products out there and options for every type of traveler. Having the right bag can make all the difference when traveling. We have also included great travel shoes, a water bottle that filter, a solar charger so you can always have power and much more. Safe travels!

eBags TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack

In a sleek black, the TLS Professional Slim Laptop Backpack addresses all your on-the-go business needs without looking out of place in an office. Along with pen and business card pockets, this bag has some truly innovative features for the businessperson on the go. Separate compartments exist for both your laptop and your tablet, lockable and lined with fleece to keep your screens smudge-free. For your cords and chargers, a removable, crush-proof “garage” rests at the bottom of the pack for keeping electronic or otherwise heavy and/or fragile accessories safe and separate. To top it off, the backpack features a luggage handle on the back that allows you to easily stack it onto your favorite suitcase. Whether at the office or on the commute, this pack was built for functionality and professionalism.

Features:

• 18.5" x 12.75" x 7.5"

• 3 lbs, 8 oz.

• Laptop pocket dimensions: 17.5" x 12.25" x 1.5"

• Lifetime Warranty

• Travel Sentry Certified TSA Recognized locks

• MSRP: $108.99

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/tls-professional-slim-laptop-backpack/249582?productid=10230513

Outdoor Research Rangefinder BackpackOutdoor Research Rangefinder Backpack

Melding a retro cotton canvas/leather feel with modern technical design, including RF-welded seams and waterproof fabric, The Rangefinder Backpack has an urban-inspired look and feel. It draws from the technical world with a top hood that covers a weather-repelling roll-top access point. Details include a laptop compartment and organizer pocket on top. This backpack is part of the Rangefinder Collection which offers five different bags and packs for differing situations from the daily commute to adventure travel, including a messenger bag, backpack, seabag, duffel and a sensor case for touchscreen tablets and electronics. Design starts with a polyester fabric that looks like a cotton canvas but is actually fully waterproof. Synthetic leather patches provide accents and retain straps and buckles where they are easily accessible.

Features:

• Faux Leather Patches

• Padded Laptop Sleeve

• Durable

• Lightweight

• Drawcord Cinch at Top

• Waterproof

• Waterproof Roll-Top Closure

• Compression Straps

• MSRP: $149.00 

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/41105/category/2324/

High Sierra SPORTOUR 22High Sierra SPORTOUR 22" Carry-on Upright

Designed for the active traveler, SPORTOUR offers a sleek design with enough packing and carrying options for any destination. Inline skate wheels are constructed of polyurethane with ball bearings to minimize frictional resistance, offer durability and reduced resistance for smooth rolling. A retractable handle provides easy maneuverability when extended out from the case, and stores neatly inside when not in use. Locks in place in both the fully extended and stored positions for secure traveling. Whether your looking for an outdoor adventure or a quick overnight trip, High Sierra’s SPORTOUR collection is the perfect travel companion.

Features:

• Specially built-in, high density lightweight structure.

• Large main compartment with book-style opening. 

• Zippered divider panel, between upper and lower compartment. 

• Upper front pocket holds airline tickets or travel necessities. 

• Recessed, telescoping handle system. 

• Adjustable exterior compression straps. 

• Convenient grab handles on top, front, side, and bottom

• MSRP: $280.00 

• http://shop.highsierra.com/High-Sierra-Sportour-Carry-On-Upright/dp/B00INAK220

Thule ChasmThule Chasm Duffels

With an oversized, wide mouth opening and removable backpack straps these rugged, weather resistant duffels are your go-to gear hauler for any adventure. Made from environmentally friendly PVC, these bags have a padded bottom, internal mesh pockets, and rugged tarpaulin fabric, which will keep all gear safe, organized and easily accessible. Straps quickly convert the bag from a backpack to a duffel.

Features:

• Oversized, wide mouth opening makes it easy to pack and easy to get to your gear

• Side access makes it easy to reach the main compartment from any angle

• Duffel straps stow cleanly along the side of the duffel to keep them out of the way when not in use

• Internal mesh pockets keep your gear organized

• External compression straps prevent bag contents from falling to the bottom of the bag when in backpack mode

• Daisy chain lash points let you attach the duffel to a roof rack or gear to the bag

• Durable, waterproof tarpaulin fabric stands up on its own for easy packing but easily folds for storage

• Padded bottom cushions your gear from the ground

• Locking zippers deter thieves (lock sold separately)

• Exterior stash pocket stores small items

• MSRP: Small - (27L) - $99.95; Medium - (40L) - $119.95; Large - (70L) - $134.95; XLarge - (90L) - $144.95; XXLarge - (130L) - $159.95

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/campaigns/thule-chasm

iHome Smart BriefiHome 13" Smart Brief

The iHome 13" Smart Brief provides an elegant, portable, slim and lightweight case to safely carry your iPad, tablet and electronic devices. Designed with three storage pockets for devices. The first is a quick access iPhone pocket with plush lining on the front, to always keeps your iPhone close at hand. An integrated magnetic closure makes sure it doesn't come out unless you want it to. The second is a zippered iPad pocket with plush lining, that perfectly stores all five generations of the iPad, including the new iPad Air, as well as the iPad mini and most tablets up to 9.7 inches. And the third is a zippered pocket with plush lining that holds up to a 13-inch MacBook Pro or laptop. A uniquely designed compartment allows you to organize your headphones, chargers, cables and power cords. A padded and adjustable shoulder strap keeps you comfortable, no matter what way you wear it. 

Features:

• Dimensions 13.8 x 10.5 x 2.5 inches

• 6.7 ounces.

• Available in four color linings to suit your taste: neon blue, green, pink or orange. 

• MSRP: $49.99

www.ihomecases.com

Ellington HeidiEllington Heidi Messenger Bag

It is easy to be casual chic in the great outdoors with the Heidi Messenger. Durable Nylon twill, buff sueded leather trim accents, snap buckle closure and a padded compartment to carry your favorite “tablet” make it easy to take technology on any adventure.    

Features:

• Cotton canvas strap adjusts to shoulder or crossbody length

• Exterior slip pocket with magnetic closure

• Nubuck leather flap with decorative buckle and magnetic snap closure

• Padded compartment fits iPads, and similarly-sized tablets

• Orange-colored nylon lining

• MSRP: $99.00

http://www.ellingtonhandbags.com/Home_2/Gifts_Under_100/Heidi-Messenger-Olive

ChicoBag Travel ZipChicoBag Travel Zip

The Travel Zip is truly a unique product from ChicoBag. It comes in a set of three, each pouch is a different size. These zippered pouches are perfect for travel of any kind whether you need snack bags for a camping trip, or toiletry cases for flying. Each pouch has a wrist strap so they can be easily found in your larger packs. 

Features:

• Materials: Made of durable, woven polyester. The quart size bag has a clear front made from PEVA. 

• Dimensions: Quart Sized Bag: 9.5"w x 6.5"h (approximately) - Medium Sized Bag: 8.5" x 4.5"(approximately) - Small Sized Bag: 6.5" x 3.5" (approximately)

• Weight: Quart Sized Bag: .53 oz. / 15g - Medium Sized Bag: .32 oz. / 9.1g - Small Sized Bag: .24 oz. / 6.8g

• MSRP: 3-Pack for $9.99

http://www.chicobag.com/product/travel-zip-echo-collection

Olukai Nohea Canvas PrintOlukai Nohea Canvas Print

Nohea Canvas Print features hand-painted artwork by Hawaiian artist Emma Howard. Features include a breathable natural cotton canvas upper, anatomical contoured footbed and a versatile Drop-In-Heel™ for shoe or slide functionality. Breathable, natural cotton canvas lined with Dri-Lex® suede and embossed leather heel patch. EverFit contoured footbed with cotton canvas and embossed leather heel patch. Non-marking molded gum rubber outsole with a Kava root inspired tread design.

Features:

• Versatile Drop-in-Heel™ for shoe or slide functionality

• Beautiful hand-sewn moccasin stitch 

• Hand painted artwork  featuring Hawaii native, Emma Howard.

• MSRP: $90.00

http://www.olukai.com/shop/womens/shoes/nohea-canvas-print/

Ahnu StanyanAhnu Stanyan

The Men's Stanyan is the perfect casual rugged shoe for all-day wear and travel. It features a rich Nubuck upper coupled with a durable, casual outsole. Comes with a moisture wicking synthetic mesh and dual density compression molded EVA for comfort and stability.

Features:

• Pebble grain leather, suede, nubuck and scratched rubber upper

• Lugged outsole and non-marking rubber for traction and wear

• Moisture wicking synthetic mesh

• Dual density EVA provides extra shock absorption with heel and arch support

Bobble Water bottle

• Internal Nylon

• 15.6 oz

• MSRP: $125.00

http://www.ahnu.com/men-casual/stanyan/AF2398.html

bobble Water Bottle

bobble is a stylish, reusable bottle that filters water as you drink, using an ingenious replaceable carbon filter. When water passes through the filter, the carbon removes chlorine. bobble is intended for municipal tap water making water better, with every sip. It is a grat alternative to single-serve plastic water bottles, which harm the earth (and your wallet). Every filter equates to 300 single-serve bottles. bobble is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC.

• MSRP: $9.99-$12.99

http://www.waterbobble.com/bobble-water-bottle

Steri BottlesSteri-Bottle

Steri-bottle is not like other baby feeding bottles that need to be repeatedly washed and reused. This practical product is single-use and ready to use straight from the recyclable box. This ensures that baby drinks from a brand-new, clean and hygienic bottle every time he or she feeds- perfect for traveling or days spent on-the-go outdoors. Steri-bottle is 100 percent recyclable and made of a safe Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate free plastic. 

Features:

• Disposable & recyclable

• No need to wash or sterilize

• Available in handy packs

• MSRP: $5.99-$12.99

www.steribottle.com

Sun Power Bank 4000Secur Products Sun Power Bank 4000 

Advancements in technology are continuing to make it easier for people who like to enjoy the great outdoors to stay plugged in. The Sun Power Bank 4000 is an all-in-one solar powered mobile charger that is unique and powerful for people on the go. The Sun Power Bank 4000 is an ultra-high efficiency solar powered lithium battery charger for GPS units, cell phones, GoPros, and tablets. With built in USB cables and portals and four times the power of traditional solar panels. Sun Power Bank is able to store its own power, so there is no lugging around multiple items to charge mobile devices. An LED light on the front of the solar panel indicates how much charge is left so it is clear when the Sun Power Bank needs more juice or to soak up some sunrays. 

Features:

• High Efficiency Solar Panel

• High capacity lithium polymer battery  – 4000 mAh

• Built-in full size male USB cable and plug

• Built-in male micro USB cable and plug

• Female USB port for charging any digital devices

• Built in micro USB for charging via USB power sources

• LED light indicator for current battery charge

http://securproducts.com/product-3007ps/

Colghlan's Trekking UmbrellaCoghlan’s Trekking Umbrella 

The Trekking Umbrella is a lightweight, rugged design with a full set of features including a vented canopy and a bright LED light in the handle. The easy to use LED light in the comfortable EVA handle will light up your path at night. The canopy is a full 42” across for protection from the elements and the vented canopy helps buffer strong winds. 

Features:

• Full fiberglass frame and shaft

• Bright LED light in handle

• Comfortable high-density EVA grip ensures a warm, dry feeling on the handle

• Breathable mesh carrying case included

• 42” (106.8 cm) canopy

How to Travel the World for FREE

• Length: 29.5” (75 cm) 

• MSRP: $19.99

http://coghlans.com/product.aspx?ProductID=442

How to Travel the World for FREE

This is the unbelievable attempt of award-winning comedian Michael Wigge to travel 25,000 miles from Europe to Antarctica, without any money. On his journey he immerses himself into fascinating subcultures, sleeps on the street with homeless people and nourishes himself with flowers. With the help of over 100 people Wigge manages to get free food, free accommodation and free transportation for his 150 days across four continents and eleven countries. This unusual travel diary combines adventure with humorous situations and insightful interviews on people’s relationship with money.

• MSRP: $14.95

http://www.howtotraveltheworldforfree.com/