Gear Guide: Travel Spring 2012

Kiva Messenger Bag

Springtime is a great time to start planning or even going on your next great adventure. We have contacted hundreds of companies this spring looking for the best gear to include in our Spring 2012 Gear Guides. We hope that you find the information in this guide useful. Most of us seem to need our electronics, so a few of these products will help your electronics travel better, and at the same time give you peace of mind. Happy Traveling!

Kiva Bags Stowaway Messenger

Kiva Bags is known for their extremely lightweight luggage and the Stowaway Messenger is part of their Packing Genius collection which is their lightest collection yet.The Stowaway Messenger is quite handy for travelling as it can fold into an internal pocket to Stowaway until needed. It also has plenty of zipper pockets to secure your items. This piece weighs only 9.5 ounces and all fabric is made of 100% recycled material.

Features:

Folds into an internal pocket to Stowaway until needed…Great extra bag on the go

Plenty of zipper pockets to secure your items

100% recycled fabric

Lightweight and durable

Quick adjust airmesh shoulder strap to piggy-back easily on the 21” Upright

For your next meeting really make a statement and add with the Boardroom Roller.

Join with the Stowaway Duffel to make a dynamic duo on the field at your next sports event.

Size: 11” x 16” x 5”

Weight: 9.5 oz

MSRP: $49.95

http://kivabags.com/index.php/products/everyday-bag/stowaway-messenger/92/19

pacsafe-metro150Pacsafe Metrosafe™ 150

Pacsafe continues to innovate and update its anti-theft designs to accommodate the trends and needs of the modern mobile day traveller. The lightweight, security solution meets the ever growing demands of the plugged-in, connected traveller who can’t live without their iPad / tablet, kindle, mobile, mp3 and other essential electronics.  Containing five anti-theft features, including Smart Zipper Security™ to deter pickpockets, patented eXomesh® slashguards to prevent against sneaky bag slashers, a patented, padded Carrysafe® strap to outsmart strap slashers, as well as concealed buckles and RFIDsafe™ blocking technology, this user friendly cross body bag is as smart, as it is stylish.

Features:

Large main zippered compartment with mesh zippered pocket

Front zippered organiser compartment with 1 padde  electronic gadget pocket and zippered pocket

Detachable phone pouch

Padded adjustable cross-body strap

Pen holder/ key clip

RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket

After the award-winning success of the RFIDsafe™ 50 and its innovative smart RFID-blocking material, we have applied this to pockets in our bags to prevent identity thieves from stealing and downloading sensitive personal information from passports, bank and credit cards.

Materials: Nylon 420D HD, Mini Ripstop

Dimensions: 21 (w) x 31.5 (h)  x  7.5 (d)  cm / 8.3 (w) x 12.4 (h) x 3 (d) in

Volume: 3.5L / 213.6 in3

sherpani_shuttleSherpani Shuttle

Are you a weekend warrior but can’t leave work at the office? Or do you not pack the kitchen sink but you love to bring your laptop along with you on trips. The Shuttle is the perfect solution. Sherpani has made it a point to make this piece look good, as well as be functional. The Shuttle has both a large clothing compartment and mobile office compartment. The high rebound polyester wheels and five point retractable handle makes it a breeze to travel with.

Features:

• 67% recycled nylon

• 30 denier ripstop silicone coated paneling

• Exterior embroidery

• Ultra Light Wheeled Briefcase

• Non-Toxic Dyes, Recycled Aluminum

• Recycled Aluminum

• Clean Feminine Design

• Luggage Pass Through

• Padded laptop Sleeve

• 17" x 15" x 8"

• 1725 cu in

• 5 lbs 9 oz

• MSRP: $189.95

• http://sherpani.com/sherpani-shuttlele.aspx

PocketCell_ovwInnerige PocketCell

With the increasing number of consumer mobile devices that we all carry comes the familiar and often experienced low battery warnings of  these devices when they are extensively used.  Unfortunately, this usually occurs at the most inconvenient time; during a critical phone conversation, writing an important email, or in the middle of enjoying a movie on a tablet in a plane at 35,000 feet.  Whatever the situation running out of power for portable devices typically occurs at a time when AC power is nowhere to be found.  Innergie, a provider of innovative consumer power solutions, is introducing PocketCell™, a portable power solution that will provide consumers the power needed wherever life takes them – on foot, in the car, on a plane or a train. PocketCell is a lightweight and compact rechargeable battery bank that will add hours of life or charge virtually any mobile device including iPads, iPhones, Android, and Blackberry smartphones, iPods, media players, and more than 10,000 other portable devices. With a stylish design about the size of car key and weighing a mere 2.8 ounces, PocketCell is a mobile accessory that portable people cannot afford to be without.

Features:

Extended Power (based on actual device use and internal testing at Innergie)

iPad - Up to 4.5 hours of use

iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones - Up to 25+ hours of talk time

iPod and MP3 Players - Up to 100 hours of playback time

DC Input  - 5V DC / 1.5A (max)

USB Output - 5V DC / 2.1A

Battery Type - Lithium Ion

Power Capacity - 3000 mAh

Dimensions - 3.6 (L) x 1.2 (W) x 0.8 (H) inches

Weight - 2.5 ounces (excluding cables and accessories)

Built-in Protection - OCP, OVP, OTP, OPP, SCP

MSRP:  $79.99.

http://www.myinnergie.com/PocketCell/default.aspx

wdfNomad

Western Digital Nomad Rugged Case

If you take lots of pictures when traveling or just need to bring your entire music library with you, then the WD Nomad™ rugged case is worth looking into. A durable case designed to protect My Passport® portable hard drives from drops as high as seven feet, moisture and spills and other mishaps associated with active, on-the-go lifestyles, such as those of outdoor photographers, adventurers and other road warriors. The WD Nomad rugged case features a polycarbonate exterior and shock-absorbing elastomer cushion inside. The heavy-duty latch and silicon liner seal out dirt, dust, and moisture. The uniquely functional design includes an opening for the drive's USB connector, so the user can access the drive while it remains in the case. In addition, a molded exterior ring allows users to attach a carabiner, cable, or nylon strap for more convenient accessibility.

Features:

Impact resistant

Moisture and dust resistant

Convenient opening for the USB cable

Carabiner-ready ring

Custom-designed for My Passport hard drives

Height 1.40 Inches

Depth 5.8 Inches

Width 4.4 Inches

Weight 0.39 Pounds

MSRP: $29.95

http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=600

freestyle_passageFreestyle The Passage

Inspired by the jetsetter lifestyle, The Passage embodies what it means to travel in style. The smartly styled dual time analog functionality and magnified compass window will keep you on time and on course from departure to destination.

Features:

48mm stainless steel case with one-piece construction.

Stainless steel bracelet or silicone strap.

Dual 3 hand movements and compass functionality.

100 meters H2O resistance.

MSRP: $155-$175

http://www.freestyleusa.com/products/Mens/Passage/#

exofficio_geotrekrMen's GeoTrek'r Long-Sleeve Field Shirt

The GeoTrek’r will take you around the world with a casual look and performance built in. Perfect for hiking on the trail or through a city, the durable ripstop nylon fabric is breathable, wicking, and protects from the sun with UPF 30+. The classic styling of this field shirt is great for any adventure you find yourself on.

Features:

Mesh-lined yoke along back shoulders for ventilation

Critical seams moved off the shoulder to prevent rubbing

Roll-up sleeve tabs

Two cargo chest pockets with Napoleon zip pocket on left

Ventilation on back yoke with mesh lining

Button closure

UPF Sun Guard 30+

Quick drying

Moisture wicking

Lightweight

Length: 31”

• MSRP: $70.00

http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/mens-geotrekr-long-sleeve-field-shirt

pcubed_adventurepantsP^cubed Adventure Traveler Pants

P^cubed - Pick-Pocket Proof Adventure Traveler Pants combine the utility and durability of outerwear with the comfort and styling of urban wear. Designed for life on and off the road,  they guarantee your complete satisfaction when our pants arrive at your door. They feel and wear like cotton, but have the 10lb tearing strength of nylon. Also they have multiple security pockets to keep your valuable safe and secure.

Features:

• Mid-Weight 25% Nylon 75% Cotton Canvas

• Advanced Dual Action DuPont™ Teflon® fabric protector - Repel Oil/Water & Release Stains.

• Select Your Level of Security - the Function of 4 Money-Belts Right at Your Fingertips!

• Side Cargo - Expandable Double Thick Double Secure Cut-Resistant Cargo Pockets

• MSRP: $109.95

• http://clothingarts.com/pickpocket_proof_pants_adventure_traveler

whiteS_paradiseWhite Sierra Paradise Cove Wind Jacket

White Sierra was founded in 1978, the company was built on the ideal that functional, rugged outdoor apparel should be accessible to everyone. Over 30 years later, the company still stands firm on its promise to deliver performance outdoor apparel at value price points. The Paradise Cove Wind Jacket is a perfect example of this. Tuck this jacket into your travel bag for the moments when you need time to run for cover because wind and sudden down pours happen. This jacket is windproof, water repellent and packable, folding up and stowing right in the front pocket.

Features:

• Attached stowable hood

• Contrast color stitching for visual interest

• Lightweight (3 oz) 100% polyester rip stop woven fabric

• Sizes: S-XL

• Colors: Black/Pewter, Sapphire/Deep Blue, Lipstick/Shell Pink, Waterfall/Aquatic

• MSRP: $50.00

• http://www.whitesierra.com/e-store/prod_details.asp?pid=1416018738&pcid=1210152023758

exofficio_solcoolzippyWomen's Sol Cool™ Zippy Long Sleeve Jacket

The Sol Cool utilizes Icefil® technology to create the ultimate active layer for hot weather. Xylitol, a naturally occurring compound found in the birch tree, is bound to the fabric fibers and cools the body up to three degrees upon contact with moisture, which is wicked away from the skin. The Sol Cool is rated UPF Sun Guard 50+ for optimal sun protection.

Features:

• Icefil® fabric uses Xylitol to create a cooling sensation on contact with moisture to lower body temperature up to three degrees

• Intelligent moisture control technology provides exceptional wicking

• Sun Guard 50+, the highest rating available for a garment

• Underarm gusset for maximum mobility

• Flat-locked stitching and tag-less label to prevent irritation

• Active stretch fabric

• Odor resistant

• Quick drying

• Lightweight

• Sizes: XS-XL

• MSRP: $70.00

• http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/womens-sol-cool-zippy-long-sleeve-jacket

ecco_sandiegoECCO San Diego

This casual explorer can handle anything your urban adventures will bring. It has a rugged rubber outsole to provide grip and traction on various surfaces. With great cushioning and a textile lining, the San Diego delivers a comfortable all-day wear.

Features:

• Compression molded foam midsole

• Insole made of polyurethane foam

• Made of oil nubuck and oil suede

• Rugged rubber outsole provides excellent grip and traction on various surfaces

• Superb cushioning and wear comfort

• Textile lining provides a comfortable inner climate and fit

• MSRP: $120.00

• http://www.eccousa.com/shoes/performance/mens/adventure/san-diego/3125/detail.aspx

ahnu_jackieAhnu Jackie Shoe

The Jackie is Ahnu's celebration of today's woman and the many roles she plays as a true "jack of all trades." An effortless choice that compliments every woman's unique sense of style with all day, go anywhere comfort so she can focus on the things she loves most.

Features:

• Numentum Honeycomb Technology internal midsole of polyurethane with U-shaped heel stabilizer

• High surface contact non-marking rubber

• Full grain Nappa leather for long lasting comfort and durability

• Microfiber with antimicrobial treatment

• MSRP $110

• Women's sizes 6-11

• http://www.ahnu.com/womens-jackie-all-purpose-slip-on-shoes-for-women/AF2288,default,pd.html

WhisperLite_UniversalMSR WhisperLite Universal

The legend continues with the WhisperLite Universal, it is their first hybrid-fuel stove, combining canister and liquid fuel capabilities into one comprehensive package. Fuel-specific jets and fuel source couplers let it burn just about anything. A trail-friendly, light and packable design, and capacity to burn an inverted canister for improved performance. This makes it possible to get fuel for this stove almost anywhere in the world.

Features:

Hybrid Fuel: burns white gas, kerosene, unleaded gasoline and IsoPro canisters

Canister Liquid Feed: Includes basic stand for inverting canisters for better cold-weather performance and more consistent output over the life of each canister.

Lightweight: Aluminum mixer tube, stainless steel legs and refined design keep weight to a minimum.

Easy Transitions: simply swap one of these three self-cleaning shaker jets and one of two source couplers to match your fuel

MSRP: $139.95

http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/stoves/simple-cooking/whisperlite-universal/product

wenger_pocketWegner Pocket Alarm

Sporting a sharp, contemporary design and a trusted Swiss quartz movement, the Traveler Pocket Alarm 73010 Swiss Watch is a valuable instrument for any active person. It’s well equipped to handle any journey by incorporating a rubber travel casing, retractable stand and a Nite-Ize® S-Binder for an added element of protection and convenience. Wenger is one of the few watchmakers around the world that still offers a pocket watch and one of the only handful with a modern design.

Features:

Movement: Swiss Alarm/GMT

Water Resistance: 30m (99 ft.)

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Finish: Brushed

Case-back: Snap on

Luminosity: Hands, numerals and markers

Additional Features: Date display

Alarm

Retractable stand and S-biner

Black silicone pouch

Second time zone indicator

3-Year limited warranty

Power Source: Battery

MSRP: $295.00

http://www.wengerna.com/traveler-pocket-alarm-73010