Saturday, December 10, 2016

Giftsperation: Guys on the Go The Basics


Part 3
Practical basics bumped up from the ordinary- with unique design features elevation them the gift worthy...including outdoor gear that gets lighter and tougher...

Sock tuggers alert-FITS socks (made in the USA) feature unique  heel construction aka Heel Lock® that -what else-sublimely fits, supports and  guarantees socks stay put! Dynamic Toe Cap® equally locks sock in place.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Giftsperation-Guys On The Go Part 2

Durable-idiot proof stylish haulers/luggage and on trend but not complicated clothing-gift ideas for the guys on the go...


LOVE-the new carry on-Thule's SUBTERRA-rolling haulers-primo high quality-urban inspired eye candy design-has business - but as always everything with the THULE -built for the long haul outdoors...made of tough durable nylon fabrics, space saving compression board in the 22"-AND 2-in one solutions... (on front right) can attached to smaller bags to carry as one. Inside-multiple compartments, wheels that'll keep up with sprints for the plane. light-weight too!
Thule Subterra Laptop Bag with padded plush lined pockets for laptops and electronics, front loading organizational panel w/ padded pockets, separate main compartment, easy grab zipper pulls, removable padded shoulder strap withal glide adjusters, base compression straps, back panel for ez access to docs, luggage pass through panel securely attaches bag to rolling luggage...

space saving compression board in the 22"...Subterra-Thule's new carry -on luggage
Victorinox Swiss Army Avolve 3.0 Collection carry-ons have  100% pure polycarbonate frame, durable lightweight 70D nylon interior lining and 1000D nylon exterior-spacious compartment...and expandable...the Bellevue Backpacks-Messengers (15" and 17")...with handsome trims-water resistant zippers, large zippered storage pockets-with Swiss engineered protection system composed of Lanidur-an ultra-strong fiber. NICE.

CLOTHING ARTS practically invented the pickpocket proof  pants for adventurous travelers...and has since added to a winning collection of jackets, tops...and even more biz friendly looks-all with multiple pockets for those government issued docs required like everywhere these days. The Cubed Travel Jacket™ is a waterproof shell (eVENT DVStorm™ membrane stated 20,000/20,000mm) with slick urban looks, patent pending security closures...PLUS 2 roomy interior and exterior accessible pockets, 4 interior pockets, 2 zippered hand pockets, waterproof zips, velcro wrist closures, quick access hood, and waist inch pulls-for slim fit. 
REI CO-OP Rain jacket-2.5L waterproof-windproof and breathable-internal elastic cuffs and drawcord hem,  zippered hand pocket and 3 piece hood with dual hood adjusts to fit...multiple colors.

super soft -legendary comfort-...Wrangler s/s tees ..come in a variety of logo-scripts and retro flavored 47 S/S  Print T-Short that goes perfectly with the durable  MADE IN THE USA Denim  collection in a selvedge slim fit and limited edition straight leg jean. Wear wherever-this is casual comfort at its best.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Giftsperations:Guys On The Go

Part One:
ENO HAMMOCKS, NDK Nidecker Design, Real Deal Brazil, Truce Designs, Mafia Bags, Mountain Khakis-Duluth Pack

Going outdoors...for fun, work, leisure and travel-welcomes stylish gift ideas for the guys on the go...
ENO -(aka Eagles Nest Outfitters) proves that colorful hammocks makes hanging out outdoors worth a gift -single nests-double nests..and even a quilted one The Blaze-ripstop nylon shell, DWR  finish and shock cord suspension rails for easy set-up. $299.95

travel and work worthy-handsome NDK  Nidecker Design by Buxton-Cosmopolitan Collection-Crossbody and Travel Kits... plus Backpack -pictured $85 that features signature waterproof lining, padded pocket (up to 15" laptop), multiple interior zip pockets, outer zip  pocket, faux leather trim, gun metal hardware, and signature zipper pull and buckle. In the front-travel kit  $35 spacious interior for stuff with similar construction features including waterproof lining.

REAL DEAL BRAZIL-a fav of NYers we know-uses recycled thick canvas tarp tops from Brazilian trucks...and makes them into backpacks, totes, shoulder bag, and zip duffel. PLUS-the great REAL DEAL ORIGINAL hat $39.99-pictured above-less the twinkie holders-made especially for 
TRUCE Designs-now part of B-C Trew Gear-re-purposed retired sail cloths made of UV resistant-water tough DACRON...and makes durable and colorfully unique-with new buckles, trims,  and webbing. Above-really limited edition-this hauler is made from the sailcloth (specifically made from single piece of UHMWPE Spectra/Dyneema®/Cuben fiber reinforced with carbon fiber and Kevlar®). day. from a defending America Cup competing ship-actually can own a piece of history! And has a moisture wicking lumbar pad for comfy carry-and the shoulder straps tuck away-for carry on option.  2 exterior zipped pockets, adjustable sternum strap doubles as whistle, Cilogear's unobtrusive Dee-Clip compression system...and 2 Dee-Clip  straps and web belt included. COOL. In sizes S-M-L-made in Portland.

SNOWBIBS. They're baaack! Dakine, L. L. Bean, Trew Gear

Growing up-snow bibs were standard for powdery snowbound skiers-snowboarders. And maybe there isn't so much of the deep blissful powder these days-but one piece protection is def back...with newer each fabrics and features-that will make any back country sort-and wipe-out frequenters-very happy (and dry).


DAKINE Prospect Gore-Tex 3L Bib -Men's $420 and Women's version Beretta Gore-Rex 3L Bib which is oddly $0 bucks more at  $450-both built with YKK Aquaguard water tough zippers, articulated knees and stretch back panel for movers. Plenty of adjustable straps including heavy oxford reinforced hems for perfect fit. Boot gaiters, mesh lined inner knees (helps with that sweat zone) and chest front shelf pocket for media storage that is actually roomy. Women' version has drop seat construction too. Both come in black also. 
Front pocket-opens up =pretty roomy like a kangaroo pocket almost- with mesh divider thing hold stuff in place

Olympic Gold Medal winner-World Cup Champ Seth Wescott continues the great collab with L.L.Bean -in a top of the line tech 'uniform' for both amateur an pros skiing the back country. Serious cold weather protection-including the Gore-Tex Patroller Bib Pant-laminated with waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex-with a knit backer to whisk away moisture built up from exertion. Bib is stretchy/breathable soft shell, the top removes (!), adjustable suspenders, outer+inner leg vents, interior waist adjustment tabs, jacket to pant connect system keeps snow out (pair with pictured Patroller Jacket), tapes at zippers...keeps contents dry,  articulated knees and pockets with zip and magnetic closures-nice touch. Scuff guard deters abrasion. Bib-here is in Aztec Gold. $449
L.L.Bean's-Gore-Tex Patroller Bib Pant in Nautical Navy

B to C-TREW Gear has two styles of weather tough bibs-including a handy (IMO) ¾ Roam (W+M $419) as well as fuller style-pictured above-best selling modern freestyle cut... Trewth (M $399-Work Khaki) / Chariot (W/$399). All use Euro fav - reinforced Dermizax NX waterproof/breathable storm tough membrane. The ROAM-has 40 D 3L Dermizax NX-body and 80D 3L Dermizax NX on knee, and  side vents with YKK AquaGuard zippers. Other features of Roam-breathable stretch woven upper, stretchy abrasion resistant kick patch, extra height for crampon protection (shred protection), adjustable suspender straps w/ adjustable slip-lock, 3 zipper sliders allow for adjustable opening-left side goes from top opening-knee, right side goes from waist bottom to knee, Bemis 3L seam tape on seam, pockets-including cargo on left thigh+right hand (designed for Beacon-clip for it secured by webbing and bartack above the pocket), left side horizontal zip, vertical stash on right thigh, internal boot gaiters, RECCO reflector, easy grab polyester cord w/ rubber tips zipper pulls, power mesh sleeve with zigzag stitch as well as cross joints reinforced w/ laser-cut seam tape circle-durable+lightweight. Cut-slimmer waist-knee-and def made for movers-w/ super articular design-including articulated knees mahkesclimbing easier. Multiple color options.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

GIFTSPERATIONS: For Hosts+Foodies+Coffee Lovers

Totally Bamboo, Camp Chef, Keurig, Espro, GSI Outdoors, Fiesta, Yeti Coolers, Igloo Cooler Bags

Gift bearing guests are always welcome...and sure to guarantee repeat invites-bumped up gifts from the usual impersonal candle/fancy soaps/wine -especially geared towards hosts/hostesses...who like to conjure up meals-indoors/outdoors.

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Totally Bamboo Tree of Life Cutting+Serving Board...sourced from wood from a rapidly growing tree-practical and great gift for the eco-minded. Also available-city series-feature maps of urban locales lazered well as salt boxes, serving boards, kitchen accessories...

cast iron pans/skillets...from CAMP CHEF are practical indestructible -our pick-in honor of the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks -a limited edition set that includes a 6 quart 12" dutch oven, 12" cast iron skillet, and interchangeable lid. $74.99

Outdoor eating always tastes better-great gift for the grill master-Camp Chef 's Italia Artisan Pizza Oven $374.99-makes crisp grille pizza everyone likes to Camp Chef has other propane-wood pellet outdoor grills/stove models too...

hire a chef-outsourcing at its best!

Camp Chef Dutch Oven-comes in several sizes...liners for easy cleaning and sturdy CARRY bags well as a best-selling cast iron cleaner ($8.49)complete the gift.
KEURIG single serve updated in the PLUS SERIES...with large touch display screens that makes the whole process decidedly idiot proof for groggy early morning waker-uppers. Perfect. Sleek new look too! 70-80oz water reservoir sizes....customizability too-for cup, mug, or carafe portions. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

HOLIDAY SIPS -Out of the Ordinary Ideas

Sparkling Wines From France (Le Grand Courtage) Red+CavaWines From Spain (Clos de  Tafall, El Mirac, Parès Balta), Hard Cider (Hazlitts Cider Tree), Beer (Catskill Brewery)+Bourbon ( Taconic Distillery) From New York, Ryes/Bourbons (Mad River Distillers) From Vermont, Home Brewed Pico Systems, NUMI Organic Teas, Honey Stinger Honey, BOKU Superfood

Parties-gatherings are numerous in December..for festive reasons-or to commiserate.. any rate-guests expect beverages-maybe even more than eats-offered up for sure. SO why not mix up the offerings from the usual...even on a budget-there are so many small craft wineries and distillers these days-that provide unique tastes-guranteed for palate pleasers...alcoholic and not.

Wine Spectator anointed 90 points!!! Wines from Spain...ahhh-Clos de Tafall 2014 produced by Clos Berenguer....aged 12 months in French Oak-is an aromatic red wine with floral, currant, kirsch and dark chocolate-cola flavors with lively tannins and a juicy finish. Found online around $15.99!
OLÉ OLÉ-Best value for reds might just belong to Spain-Delicious offerings include the highly rated El Miracle- by Mariscal Garnacha 35 year old vines- from Valencia, Spain...delicious fruity, bright acids...aged in oak... blend of Garnacha Tintorera matured for eight months ... Found priced online $12.99-quite the bargain!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EASY FEEDING: Holiday Entertaining For Foragers

Post Thanksgiving-even the dedicated (or suffering) foodie cooks need a break-so whether one is 'over' preparing elaborate meals, switching to healthier eats to void the average 7lb(!!!) holiday weight gain, or just prefer the company of humans vs the food preparation chores...easy entertaining can be tasty, practical, budget friendly-and a breeze to clean up.

This is the answer to our soup delicious as homemade-and in our case-waaay better! Hearty winter offerings by easily found IMAGINE SOUPS...are made from real ingredients-with  organic selections (NO PRESERVATIVES, NON-GMO ingredients or PESTICIDES-also selections that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free-kosher etc) and come in sealable  conveniently packaged cartons though we doubt there will be left overs, once open. Plus-add a few ingredients -spices of your own-to any of their organic creamy or chunky soups--- or organic broths/stocks like the richly flavored vegetable one- we sip like tea-throughout the day-and one has a tasty new meal for every day of the week, (recipes for crowd pleasers like fragrant Pumpkin Corn Chowder-are available online).  What we tried...our all time fav is the Natural Creamy Portobello Mushroom Soup-fusion of smoky-ish-woodsy portobello and white mushrooms...with herbs/garlic...and itty bitty additions of celery and potatoes for richness. Recently we tried the organic White Bean and Kale Soup (reduced sodium) -pictured above... and yes- prepare your tastebuds for transport to the Tuscan countryside-wth carrots and celery, chewy fresh superfood kale and protein/fiber packed white beans-in this election-that is as yummy as it is nutritious (4 grams protein/per serving and only 110 calories!). New flavor Cauliflower&Potato is a sophisticated- full bodied flavor-we can see this shelf stable selection as a base for curry sauces...with cauliflower, organic potato, onions and well as smooth coconut cream+spices in this stomach+taste bud pleaser. Nice! Creamy Tomato--Imagine's organic version is authentic tasting -with hints of onion/garlic for a more grown-up take on this childhood classic-still worthy of burying in crispy saltine crackers. No doubt-all Imagine soups are amazing-and perfect vessels for those holiday left-overs too. And so much easier than starting from scratch...perfect affordable goodness.