Saturday, December 21, 2013

Holiday Gifts: Millennials on the Move

Freewaters, Sony, Horny Toad, Eddie Bauer, Dockers, IMBA Grants, NikWax, The Good Home

For the dozen 20 something relatives who are years out of their childhood homes but not yet settled into their own abodes-'stuff' that moves around the world with them…are keepers.

Georgia Print-cotton canvas upper w/ jute wrap, super pillow insole
suede fringe-flex outsole survive miles of walking

another Georgia Print-cotton canvas upper w/ jute wrap, super pillow insole

For our nieces who teach in far flung locales-surviving without Internet-let alone plumbing as we know it-durable kicks with style==PLUS sales' coinage that help to support global clean drinking water projects--Freewaters footwear Road Trippin' DNA -check!

Travel Bug print  cotton canvas upper vegan
Mint-packable travel design- cotton canvas-vegan

Freckle-toe bumper durability and protection-cotton canvas upper

Raw zig zag seam finish-vegan-sponge lite construction-cute

Maggie-waxed lace detail, -toe bumper durability and protection-cotton canvas upper, Raw zig zag seam finish-vegan-sponge lite construction-
Plenty of trendy, travel-pack friendly uppers---AND two thumbs-up practices like using sustainable materials - hemp, water based glue+recycled cork, comfy help from Therma-Rest™ proprietary foam or PVC-free footbeds, great fits and ergonomic shaping (patent pending Sponge Lite Chassis)…stretch fit tongue and heel-easy on/off…and details like toe bumpers, cable flex outsoles...

There's a lot to Freewaters sandals and slip-ons that make these standout selections for casual wear.

textured EVA footbed soft rubber toe post-soft serve strap-all day comfort

Kitz Wedge-cork footbed-fashion-y straps

For our nephew liven' in Spain-no doubt perfecting his SE HABLA ESPAÑOL at some bar ... watching American sports in the early EARLY wee hours of the morning...

Ranger-camo with a pop of orange-nice-waxed cotton canvas 

Gibson-suede-cotton canvas upper- waxed lace-

Anthem-cotton canvas upper

Very cool-the Endless Summer Collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of that legendary 'surf and travel' film…

Palapa print-arch support, cotton canvas, textile lining---

Palapa Hemp
Travel friendly gadgets-SONY is delivering some new personal electronics-on the way to re-claiming a spot in the portable gadget world they used to dominate-back in the Walkman days. 
NEW- for that generation that intuitively knows waaay more than you do about portable power.

Wireless Storage-Android and iOS smartphones+devices+ Usb cable and Usb cable holder-in the package of this WiFi storage great device allows one to  stream contents of smartphones (usb card reader too)-all those FABULOUS selfies…store via a 16GB SDHC memory card and share content with 8 users. Generation overshare and certain political leaders will love…plus works as a portable charger too. Available Now $99

Horny Toad---makes traveling the worlld, pulled together…easy. The apparel-survives backwater dusty roads and off the grid spots on earth---and kudos' to the company, mostly made of sustainable fabrics that are unique to the label.

Another big plus-H. T. is now part of 1% of the Planet- a consortium of companies that donate just that towards conservation.

cute cute---drapes well, dress up or down...

pull-on shorts---wear in colder temps with tights...

shorts or pants with roll up options-clean easy, lots of pockets…streets to trail 

not complicated-but functional travel skirt …is a key piece for any backpack or suitcase

hoody….lined with contrast fabric bumps this l/s staple

nice separates

good length for guys-drawstring shorts can double as board shorts…or après beach-quick drying

back pocket details...

UPF sun blocking-casual moisture wicking l/s-keep cool while hiking, look cool afterwards

For the relatives living abroad-USA labeled clothing-are a badge of honor. Eddie Bauer---is not a company they grew up with-but we did…and its resurgence as a travel casual  (expedition tough) performance apparel and gear deliverer…is spot-on track---here, with some Spring 2014 highlights of casual attire.
Infinity hoody

cute cap sleeve---

Travex=travel friendly collection-made of performance fabrics-moisture wicking FreeDry, cooling FreeCool,
UPF 30-50+-FreeShade, stretch-Flexion= easy care and functional.

Horizon Pants-w/ Flexion Active stretch

GetAway Vest-UPF+50…DWR, durable+practical

Getaway jacket-Nylon w/ StormRepel® DWR finish, adjustable waist, pockets, roll up sleeve tabs, UPF+50.

Azalea color---pretty

wearable color options…light celadon green, putty, grey, black

moisture wicking-mesh back panels-keep a guy cool…zip short sleeve…loose fit

Gingham camp shirt-secure zip-UPF 50+-moisture wicking

Outdoor Collection-Active wear and gear-including this Boulder Backpack ( 420 Denier Ripstop nylon w/ ballistic nylon bottom, 15" laptop sleeve, padded shoulder and adjustable sternum straps, expandable side pockets, organizer and pockets front too, padded mesh back panel, waist belt-stash away) and Zen's Women's Tote (hydration bottle pocket, interior organizer pockets, stash able mat straps, hanging locker handle, nylon tough).
club french terry l/s…madras plaid short sleeves…solid tops
Made to Move pullover hoody-100% slub  french terry

Made to Move Roll Sleeve Jacket-100% slub french terry

plenty of men's short sleeve options----lightweight plain weave cotton and moisture wicking FreshDry materials used
We bet anyone can battle the Hulk with these-KLIM Mojave Pro Adventure Gloves $79.99-with Poron XRD™ Extreme Impact foam shock protection on board, 3M Scotchlite™ reflectivity, Pittard's Microvent leather palms…wow. This Idaho based company tricks out snowmobilers, BMX and motorcycle fanatics- we bet our ATV lovin'  cousins could use an outfit by them---including serious digit protection. Looks awesome too... AND A LITTLE SCARY! 

Have a motor free biking fanatic someone with some free time? Not a gift but a great tip-kinda like teaching someone to fish…and a way to combine their passion with the trails…

The International Mountain Biking Association a Boulder based organization---offers the inspired two peddlers grant $ to get going…
(1) Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew
Next month, IMBA will begin accepting applications for the Trail Care Crew—a pair of traveling educators who crisscross the country for two years teaching trail building, club organizing, the benefits of mountain biking and much more. If you and your committed partner are interested, apply betweenJan. 1  and Jan. 31.
(2) Bell Helmets Offering $100K of Trailbuilding Grants in 2014
Start assessing your project dreams! After a successful first year, Bell Helmets and IMBA will partner again in 2014, providing $100,000 of trail assistance grants for mountain bike projects across the U.S. Starting in January and running through the end of February, Bell Helmets and IMBA will accept applications for 2014 trail projects, with three finalists named during the first week of March. Voting will follow in three regional phases, with the winners announced May 2014.

College alum that just can't get enough of the ole' alma mater…we have a new member of the family like that --for him Dockers saves the "GAME DAY" ... pants-wise with his Michigan Blue khaki trousers-with two quintessential khaki silhouettes: the Alpha ($78)  for a modern slim and tapered fit, and Classic ($68) for a straight, classic silhouette …available now. A bunch of other universities with NCAA Football serious programs (10 in all) are also ready, outside the huddle. 

We usually go for the stocking stuffer stuff for all the 20 something guys we hike with---and it always has something to do with  protecting/preserving their gear, equipment, and clothes---and beer of course.

Cleaning, waterproofing-(techy fibers-like fleece, DWR materials- or naturally inclined fabrics/insulation= cotton, down…), preserving-conditioning, and SPF sun protection…NIKWAX serves up 31 products to spray on, apply, or wash in-all environmental friendly, PFC free-that can pretty much soup up any piece of equipment, footwear or apparel item-for long wear, high performance functioning use.

Another idea which we always buy two of-one for us---is by The Good Home- so smart ---the Lavender fragrance sheet+ clothing spray $23…that we lightly spritz on pricey sweaters/jumpers-merino-pure and blended- and cashmere wools…as a natural moth repellent. 

A pleasant odor---not too girly, fyi-and major major pluses-it's biodegradable, AND paraben, sulfate, phthalate free, cruelty free and 100% vegan.