Category Archives: Gear

Cellphone Charger

http://www.hellonomad.com/products/chargekey-micro-usb

When you’re traveling or on the go and you forgot your cellphone charger, this chargekey is right there to help. Available for android and iPhone. Probably on of the best most durable micro cellphone chargers available.

 

Best Snorkel 2014

Easybreath Snorkel

New snorkel design for 2014, unlike anything else you’ve probably tried. You can now breath naturally through both your mouth and nose without feeling stuffy. I doubt we’ll be seeing hardcore divers switching masks anytime soon, but for the casual snorkeler taking in the sights, this is definitely an interesting concept. Although after looking at the design and how it fits around ones nose, I can’t help but wonder if it doesn’t restrict your field of view a bit when looking around. If anyone gets to try one before I do, I want a full review! If it’s better than the ones I listed for 2013.. See my 2013 list, let me know.

Valenki Felt Boots- That’s Russian for warm!

Valenki 1

 

Valenki Style Boots

Valenki Felt Boots

Felt Boots

Valenki Felt Boots

Valenki Felt boots are synonymous with Russia, and Winter, and staying warm. Eskimos and Canadians have there Muklucks, which I’ve previously wrote about, but not to be outdone, the Russians have their Valenki’s. Valenki boots are supposed to be based off of the boots worn by Asian Nomads 1500 years ago, so there is plenty of history to go with these boots.  If you’re interested in the full run down, check out this “Russiapedia” post. Or if you’d like to see how they’re made check out this article by yahoo on a factory in Belarus http://news.yahoo.com/photos/historical-felt-boot-factory-in-belarus-slideshow/. Like all things Russian, when it comes to staying warm or making boots, they’re pretty serious about it, and they don’t look too bad either. Lastly, according to one source, due to the electrostatic energy that’s built up by walking in wool boots barefoot, they’re supposed to help the circulation in your feet, and maybe even help with hangovers according to Peter the Great! I’m not sure about all that, but it can’t hurt to try them.

Sony Cyber-Shot

Sony Cyber- Shot, When it comes to traveling with a camera, especially internationally, the main goal is quality pictures with minimum weight.

Personally I recently made the mistake of only taking a camera phone with me on a hike with an extremely gorgeous girl to Hanging Lake over this past summer. It wasn’t an international trip, but it was extra fun and after looking back at the pictures I was extremely disappointed because up close they were fine, but add just a little distance to the mix, and the camera couldn’t do that pretty Nepalese girl justice. That’s when I started kicking myself because I had recently bought the RX100, and it seems to be the perfect mix of quality versus compactness, I mean I can throw it in my back pocket and almost forget it’s there. Anyways next time I’ll hopefully remember it, or maybe if I’m luck by next time I’ll have upgraded to the RX1R 🙂

P.S. here’s a link some other great cameras for travel http://sherlockroams.com/outdoor-and-travel-gear/best-camera-international-travel/

 

Cheap winter gloves 2013/2014

Flylow Ridge leather gloves

Flylow “Oven Mitt” leather mitten

Upslope Glove made with goat leather

Cheap good quality leather winter gloves.

Sounds like a paradox, but with Flylow Gloves/ Mittens, they make it happen, you can get cheap (40.00) leather ski gloves that’ll keep you dry (handbaked with snowseal) and warm (Heatrac insulation) all with out breaking the bank. When it’s time to step-up, and stop being a scrooge, they also have their Upslope glove which is made with tough as nails goatskin and a bit more insulation.

http://flylowgear.com/shop/accessories/gloves.html

And if you’re like me and never heard about Flylow, now you know. They apparently are right from my own back yard here in Colorado, which probably explains why they are so awesome. Their philosophy is simple, “..for the skiers who spend their days at resorts or in the backcountry and want gear that offers durability, comfort, performance, affordability, and style.” I can’t wait to take a look at more of their products in the near future.