Spring 2013 Gear Guide: Travel

ArcTreyx Covert Case

Having the right bag for any vacation is a must. We have found 5 great bags that will help you get your stuff from point A to point B. We have also found clothes that are comfortable and perfect for travelling. Both the Pocket Monkey utility tool and the Beacon Phoenix Speaker which are two of our favorite products for spring 2013. Let us know what you think.

Arcteryx Covert Cases

The Covert Cases come from much thought, these simple bags are structured rectangular cubes that stand on end, fit easily into luggage compartments, have multiple carry options, and are exceptionally durable. Covert Cases use a premium low weight fabric package treated to prevent dirt, snow, and water pick-up during travel. Internal compression straps, full zipper closure, hidden buckles, and carry straps that store in external compartments demonstrate knowledge gained through experience and a disciplined approach to design, materials, and construction.

Features:

• Padded on all sides

• Top, bottom and side grab handles

• Overnight/ Carry-on capability

• Pack Pocket Configuration

• Internal security pocket

• External zippered document pocket with key clip

• Internal zippered document pocket

• Pack Design & Construction

• High visibility lining with contrast stitched bird logo

• Pack Suspension Configuration

• Shoulder straps stow away when not in use

• Dual stow-away shoulder straps carry bag as a backpack or shoulder bag

• Pack Loading & Closure Configuration

• Suitcase-style fully opening main compartment

• Reverse coil zippers prevent abrasion and prolong zipper life

• Corded zipper pulls are easy to use

• Pack Compression Strap Configuration

• Two internal compression straps

• MSRP: $199.99

• http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?model=Covert-Case-I-C-O&language=EN

ebags weekendeBags Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible

Most important feature of this product is that it’s the perfect hands-free carry-on. Great for those traveling abroad where there might be lots of stairs, cobblestone streets, etc. No need to wheel around a cumbersome carry-on. Also, great for those who are traveling with kids, need their hands free, etc.

Features:

• Because it’s an unstructured suitcase, more flexible and can fit in the overhead of nearly any plane. Even smaller regional planes.

• Comfortable backpack straps with lots of padding and airmesh.

• Incredibly lightweight. Acts like a heavyweight, but comes in under 4lbs.

• Backpack straps that tuck right in when you don’t need them. Converts easily from a pack to a suitcase.

• Flexible fold down shelf keeps things organized.

• Convenient grab handles so able to lift into overhead or out of the car.

• This travel backpack also has a laptop sling – something others don’t do in travel backpacks. It’s low-profile (doesn’t scream LAPTOP INSIDE – STEAL ME!), dual protection (padding on the back side, clothing provides padding on the inside), adjusts to any size, lockable d-rings for security.

• Price: $99.99

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/mother-lode-tls-weekender-convertible/143101

pocampo MidwayPoCampo Midway Weekender

This bag is made of durable fabrics and a leather-free design that can withstand years of abuse, but gain character with age and wear. Several pockets and compartments for your electronic devices keep everything organized and easy to access. Spacious, yet compact—perfect for whether your adventures take you to the local farmers market or a weekend getaway. A hybrid travel tote and gym bag, it comes complete with a separate bottom compartment for your shoes or wet swimsuit and is equipped with elastic straps for carrying your yoga mat or a jacket.

Features:

• Zipper closure with double pulls opens wide

• Bottom zippered compartment for your shoes has double pulls for easy access

• Front elastic straps hold your yoga mat or jacket

• Zippered front change pocket

• Back patch pocket

• Four gathered interior pockets for your phone, keys, and makeup

• Interior zippered change pocket

• Bag converts from handheld tote to shoulder bag with simple side snaps

• Detachable shoulder strap adjust from 24" to 41.5"

• Vegan design with soft faux leather details

• Size: W 16" x H 13" x D 7.5"

• MSRP: $95.00

http://shop.pocampo.com/products/midway-weekender

kelty flywayKelty Flyway

If you prefer to travel light, then the Flyway is for you. A standard-style backpack with travel-friendly features like a separate compartment for shoes or dirty clothes and a pack cover that protects shoulder straps when checked, the 43 liter Flyway carries easily and fits enough gear for a long weekend away. A padded sleeve protects your laptop while making it easy to remove at security. Serving double duty, the Flyway is also an excellent pack for day hikes and around town.

Features:

• Panel loading

• Water bottle pockets

• Side compression straps

• Daisy Chain

• Zippered side pockets

• Zippered stash pocket

• Large front pocket with organization

• Travel pack cover included

• Carry handle

• LightBeam single aluminum stay

• HDPE frame sheet

• Dynamic AirFlow back panel

• AirMesh shoulder straps, waist belt, and lumbar

• Hipbelt stabilizer straps

• Padded shoulder straps

• Load-lifter/stabilizer straps

• Sternum strap

• Ventilating back panel

• MSRP: $129.00

http://www.kelty.com/p-677-flyway-43.aspx

stm velo2STM Velo 2

Whether you are commuting across town or flying for a business meeting, the Velo 2 will keep you organized So you can travel by bike, car, plane or train, the Velo 2 will deliver. Designed to keep your shoulder and back comfortable while your laptop, tablet and the rest of your digital gear rides in soft, lined and padded style.

Features:

• Main flap secured with two quick release buckles and interior zippered compartment for further security

• Zippered option to slip over a luggage handle

• Unique side-entry, fully padded and lined laptop compartment

• Waist strap to stabilise the load for a longer journey

• Comfortable and adjustable shoulder strap and padded back panel

• Dedicated soft lined tablet section

• Front organisation pocket for all your accessories, phone, cords, cards, etc.

• Side pockets for water bottles/umbrella

• Designed to fit most 15" laptops

• MSRP: $100.00

http://www.stmbags.com/catalog/new-laptop-bags/velo2-medium-laptop-shoulder-bag/

exofficio jeneverExOfficio Men’s Jenever Midi Plaid S/S

The Jenever Plaid will travel anywhere you want to go. The lightweight cotton and polyester blend feels great and features a fun plaid in stylish colors. The versatile silhouette has a ring-snap front placket and two snap-closure chest pockets.

Features:

• Lightweight cotton-blend plaid

• Two snap chest pockets

• Snap-front closure

• Critical seams moved off the shoulder to prevent rubbing

• MSRP: $60.00

• http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/mens-jenever-midi-plaid-short-sleeve%20shirt

RR globalRoyal Robbins Global Traveler Pant

These travel pant will live up to their name. These pant will keep you cool with their Dot-Matrix weaving, which puts small raised dots on the back of the fabric to create an air gap between you and the fabric. This fully dull nylon features a Teflon® stain-resistant finish, UPF 40+ and has an appealing micro texture.

Features:

• UPF 40+

• Teflon® finish for stain & water resistance

• Zip secured thigh & right back pocket

• Hook & loop closure on left back pocket

• Breathable mesh pocket bags

• Full length running gusset

• MSRP: $62.00

http://www.royalrobbins.com/p-866-global-traveler-pant.aspx?category=mens-styles&subcategory=pants

arcteryx CodettaArcteryx Codetta coat

Waterproof, breathable, mid thigh length rain jacket with a roomy hood, constructed with GORE-TEX® 3L technology that is lightweight and durable. Designed with a relaxed fit and a casual, refined style, and patterned with articulated shoulders and elbows for enhanced comfort and ease of motion. Hem vents fit over a bicycle seat and shaped cuffs cover the back of the hand and wrists for good coverage while riding in cool weather. The hood has a laminated brim that holds its shape; a snap at the top of the zipper secures the zipper flap. Relaxed fit works comfortably over street clothes.

Features:

• Micro-seam allowance (1.6 mm) reduces bulk and weight

• GORE-TEX® three-layer construction

• Laminated construction eliminates bulk and stiffness

• Taped seams for added weatherproofness

• Articulated patterning for unrestricted mobility

• Articulated elbows

• Gusseted underarms

• Hood Configuration

• Adjustable hood drawcords

• Hood sits comfortably over up-do hair styles

• Zippers & Fly Configuration

• WaterTight™ full length front zip

• Webbing zipper pulls

• Wind flap with snap closures

• Elastic cuffs

• Double kick pleat in hem allows back panel to fit over a bike seat

• Two hand pockets with WaterTight™ zippers

• Webbing hanger loop

• MSRP: $375.00

http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?gender=womens&model=Codetta-Coat-W&language=EN

RR coolmeshRoyal Robbins Cool Mesh 3/4 Sleeve

Need an all-purpose travel shirt to keep you comfortably cool in warm climates where shade might not spell relief? The versatile Cool Mesh 3/4 Sleeve, which combines garment-washed regular and organic cottons, clearly delivers, aided by open-mesh construction. It also sheds wrinkles and dries quickly.

Features:

• Zip secured pocket

• Vented sleeve cuffs & side seams

• Coconut buttons

• MSRP: $55.00

http://www.royalrobbins.com/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=923&SEName=cool-mesh-34-sleeve&category=womens-styles&subcategory=new-for-spring&

exofficio gotoskirtExOfficio Women’s Go-To Stripe Skirt

The Go-To Stripe Skirt, crafted from drirelease performance fabric, will live up to its name as you reach for it again and again. This quick drying, moisture wicking travel skirt will keep you fresh and wrinkle free. Versatile styling goes with anything, and a hidden security zipper pocket holds little items.

Features:

• drirelease jersey fabric wicks moisture and dries 4x faster than cotton

• Treated with FreshGuard to maintain freshness

• Hidden security zip pocket in right seam at waist

• Feminine shaping with a slightly flared silhouette

• Lightweight

• Quick drying

• Wrinkle resistant

• Stretch fabric

• Length: 22"

• Tag-less label to prevent irritation

• MSRP: $65.00

http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/womens-go-to-stripe-skirt

foxriverArgyleFox River Everyday Wellness Walk Forever Argyle

Few things are harder on your feet and legs than travel. Fox River offers relief with the Everyday Wellness line of travel socks. Graduated compression for improved blood flow, which reduces swelling and the risk of deep-vein thrombosis or delayed onset muscle soreness. Be comfy & confident in these odor controlling socks. 

Features:

• Made in the USA

• Fights fatigue by increasing blood flow up leg from ankle with 15-20 mmHg of graduated compression

• Memory-knit construction throughout helps sock keep its form, wash after wash

• Reinforced toe and heel add comfort and longer sock life

• Smooth, flat knit construction provides lightweight comfort

• Smooth, flat toe seam adds comfort and durability

• Price: $19.99/pair

• https://www.foxsox.com/catalog/product.aspx?type=subcategory&sortorder=stylenumber&code=EWELL&selectedstyle=4222

pocketmonkeyPocket Monkey 

The Pocket Monkey is a revolutionary pocket utility tool that weighs only one ounce and fits easily into a credit card slot in a wallet, purse or pocket. This durable and versatile tool is constructed of hardened stainless steel and serves a variety of everyday and specialty functions – perfect for impromptu projects around the home, in the office or on-the-go.

The Pocket Monkey is 12 tools in one:

• Bottle Opener: No need to carry around a bulky, keychain bottle opener.

• Phone Kickstand: Interact with only one hand and keep your phone at a comfortable working angle.

• Flat head screwdriver: Perfect for simple projects when a standard screwdriver isn’t available.

• Micro-flathead screwdriver: Perfect for eyeglasses, watches, kids’ toys and keyless vehicle dongles.

• Two-dimensional Phillips head screwdriver: No need for cross beam with the special angled tip.

• Nested English hex wrenches with four bolt sizes: Just slide Pocket Monkey over a bolt head and slide until you find the right size. Quick and easy.

• English Ruler: What’s the difference between 3/16 and 1/4 of an inch? Find out quickly.

• Letter opener: Make quick work of your mail pile!

• Edge to open door latches: Locked your keys inside your house? If the deadbolt’s not in place, this latch slip opens locked doors without protective edging or specialty latches.

bcn phoenix

• Straight Edge: Use Pocket Monkey to help you draw a perfect straight line. Or, it can even be used a scraper.

• Orange peeler and banana nicker: Get your fruit open quickly and conveniently, without getting your fingernails messy.

• MSRP: $12.00

http://zootilitytools.com

Beacon Audio Phoenix

Do you love your music? If so the Phoenix is a perfect solution. A handheld speaker offering unmatched portability, soft touch design, intuitive track-through and bluetooth activated wireless capabilities with the touch of a single button on your mobile device. Enjoy up to 8 hours of unbelievably loud music. This little speaker can fill most hotel rooms with music.

• MSRP: $99.00

https://www.beaconaudio.com/the-phoenix

bolle vibeBolle Vibe

For 2013, Bollé becomes the first eyewear manufacturer to offer lenses that are polarized, and have anti-fog and oleophobic coatings. Combining these three features addresses some of the most common causes of diminished visual acuity and eye fatigue. Bollé’s polarization technology – which dramatically reduces glare - is injected directly into the lenses. While more complicated than simply applying a polarizing film – as is the case with many other brands – embedding the technology removes any risk of delamination or decreased performance over time.

Features:

• The oleophobic coating – which also has hydrophobic properties - guards against smudging caused by dirt, grease and water spots. Applied to the external side of the lenses, this treatment provides a protective barrier to keep the view ahead clear in all situations.

• The vision-clouding effects of moisture build up are a key issue for sunglass wearers, particularly in sporting applications. Applied to the internal side of lenses, Bollé’s anti-fog treatment prevents fogging in even the most extreme environments and is easily reinvigorated by a light application of water.

• MSRP: $99.99

• http://www.bolle.com/main.aspx

vonzipper scissorkickVonZipper ScissorKick

This wrap around style glass delivers plenty of coverage and UV-blocking power.These glasses are part of the Ether Collection which means they look good while still delivering performance. Featuring rubber nose pads and temple tips, and Pop-N-Lock hinges, these lightweight frames are more flexible and durable.

Features:

• 100% UV Protection

• Impact resistant polycarbonate lens

• Maximum flexibility

• Nylon grilamid frame

• Pop n' lock cam hinges

• Rubber nosepads & temples

• MSRP: $100.00

http://us.shop.vonzipper.com/p/sunglasses/all/scissorkick?style=SMSFTSCI&filter=new

thule sonicThule Sonic Cargo Box

The new Sonic Box combines efficiency with style. It designed for those looking for an aerodynamic box with a wide variety of size and convenience options. Patented AeroNose Design cuts through the air and reduces drag and noise. As well as a patented Rear-Angled Base and expanded vehicle mounting points help maximize trunk and hatch clearance.

Features:

• AcuTight Mounting “clicks” when you reach optimal hold to ensure your box is secured to the rack.

• Oversized SecureLock ensures the box is closed securely and properly prior to driving.

• Dual-Side Opening for loading/unloading from either side of the vehicle.

• High-Gloss automotive finish in metallic silver or glossy black

• Fits Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory racks

• Large (L) 634 13 cu. ft. MSRP $549.95

• Extra Large (XL) 635 17 cu. Ft MSRP $629.95

• Extra Extra Large (2XL) 636 22 cu. ft. MSRP $719.95

• Alpine 633 10 cu. ft. MSRP $599.95

• http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/cargo-carriers/boxes/635s-sonic-xl-_-635s