Thursday, July 23, 2015



Outdoors and urban destinations-when the mode of transport leans towards putting one foot in front of the other -have travellers needing lightweight, pack down, versatile -easy clean- apparel that layers well...and smart looking carry-alls that functionally can-carry a lot-for all-day jaunts-when scampering back to a hotel room, camp site not happening.

Some Highlights- that work...

CRAGHOPPERS wants you to "Discover Your World" in its new Pro Life Series-practical, technical super-light and waterproof, warm and protective packable insulated outerwear.

CRAGHOPPERS  stretchy, windproof and warm with DWR finish-compact quick drying synthetic-ACCESS COMPRESS LITE JACKET, hood with one hand adjusters, visible pops, elasticized hem, full length zip with inner zip guard


unzip for pocket to stuff coat in...

CRAGHOPPERS -COMPRESSLITE MAX Jacket, polyester w/ DWR finish, synthetic fill is compressible warm when wet, grown on hood, reflective pops, inner zip guard keep weather out behind the front 2 way zip, stuff sack, elasticized cuffs-comes in a jacket version too

CRAGHOPPERS -OLIVER PRO SERIES JACKET-in black (other colors too) nice pink pops on pulls and lining...with a hood AQUADRY membrane waterproof/breathable -inner and outerpockets-waterproof too, drawcord adjusters at  hem

big enough brim to work and one hand adjustable!
 TOAD & Co.®'s entire M.O. for Fall 2015-Modern Travel.

long haul comfort and low maintenance-worthy attributes of 21st century life
Toad&Co, mountain to town wearable....left-right-some highlights include Mne's Emmet crewneck sweater $125-2 ply yarn made from organic cotton-w/ woven shoulder yoke, rib knit collar, cuffs+hem, and cool forearm details-in Jeep, over Drover Lean Denim organic cotton, five pocket styling $89. women's Twisted Mojo 100% organic cotton Mojacette Overshirt $115-mad for plaid with center front placket, pockets+cuffs, shirt tail hem with side vents, fully lined with Butterknit fabric =100% organic cotton too, and pretty grey Alma Cable knit sweater -boiled 100% merino wool-7 gauge marled honeycombe knit, naturally performance wearing moisture mgmt, stretchy with nice curved hem, rib knit cuffs, collar and hem-dress up or down with this $129

Toad&Co front/center-Merino Heartfelt Hoodie $185-7 gauge jersey knit with all benefits of performance merino wool-super soft too, draped hood, wrap styling (belt it), and hand warmer pockets=cozy.

Some apparel inspires travel...

Collar tabbed polo shirts-are having another 'it' fashion moment -to wear casually or dressed up under a blazer. LOVE... these City Polo collection ones from Lacoste...a label that practically invented this iconic preppie piece of wardrobe-courtesy of founder, René Lacoste---in a what to wear while winning tennis tournaments-epiphany

City Polo Collection-8 in all includes flag of the country-pictured SEOUL in white regular fit $110
Now-out of techy fabrics too-moisture wicking---featherweight-from active wear collection-still with Lacoste details...including the Croc logo....can look crisp right off the plane...and on tennis courts/golf courses too.
contrast tipped collar-Lacoste Sport polo-in quick drying ultra-fine petit piqué fabric

Parks Project---celebrates USA parks with cool interpretations of illustrative details...and phrases that says it all-on racerbacks and tees- $32-$34
from DARN TOUGH-fine knit merino wool -made in Vermont ski this mountain print on the Yeti over the calf ultralight $23-and the Truly Seamless™ toe seam make these cold weather staples to wear anywhere-with a guarantee forever wear and great fit with blended in Nylon 37% Lycra® 2%.
The urban everyday -trails to streets=BTW roomy enough for city dwellers-who rely on mass transit and thus need stylish carry-alls for their essentials in their car-free lives...

vintage look...

Obsessed with this one-from the Adventure Travel collection by Eagle Creek ORV TRUNK 30 $350 all made from Bi-Tech™ Ballistic materials strategically placed-abrasive and TOUGH, front zipped organizer pockets, multiple padded grab handles-front+sides, zip away handle system. lotsa external lash points, #10 lockable and self repairing zippers w/ reflective zipper pulls, inside-interior compression straps, detachable cargo net, Wet/Dry compartment that seam sealed...rugged wheels w/ skid plate and bumper protection, central lock point-secures main entry with one lock, and a stowable equipment keeper™ holds gear and outerwear on top of the bag and attaches w/ Porter key bottle opener=NICE
 New for 2015...EAGLE CREEK's good-looking+weather tough Urban Day Travelers- everyday cross bodies, and oversized briefs with the thoughtful details, numerous compartments and durable construction we expect from a brand with a "no matter what" guarantee and All Ways Secured™ enhanced Secure-Zip™ toggle closure, digital safe-zone-padded e-fleece compartments, reflective pops,
collection $42-$160

snap hook release to secure bag to a chair for enhance security...nifty

organize your life---loads of inner compartment-smart organizations
loads of zipped compartments with organizer details like slip pockets and key lanyard, and XL pen slots...and light interior so you can see stuff.
side slip pockets hold water bottle, outer zipped compartments ...adjustable shoulder

Satchel Backpack $135-3 carry options

Satchel backpack has All Ways Secured™ enhanced Secure-Zip™ toggle closure, digital safe-zone-padded e-fleece compartments, reflective pops, padded compartmetns 

Mountain Khakis-the MK logo-on durable sturdy canvas-leather trimmed Field bag with removable leather padded shoulder straps, interior organizer panel, zippered main compartment w/ flap opening, 2 exterior slip pockets...$149.95

an icon ----USA's heritage brand- Filson....has been making "understated design and heritage construction..." outdoor gear ...that others copy, imo

water resistant Rugged Twill, and Bridle leather trim, rustproof brass zippers, removable shoulder straps, outer zippered pockets...spacious main compartment. HANDSOME!

gorgeous-Filson delivers a travel-city sophisticate -outdoors hauler...the refined details make this worthy...Bridle leather trims and handles...with snap closure, solid rust resistant straps...roomy interior

details-like protective feet

yes, this is a Foul Weather Fly Fish Vest $230 but we bet photographers appreciate the front pockets too. Love this.

ALITE Designs-brightly colored HATCHER pack-a hauler with  an external frame...modern flair -retro shaped...good for an overnight----or music festivals when do not need the most techy gear-but capacity still required...padded hip belt, large size pockets...and plenty attachment straps. has expanded its serious rugged offerings since we've met them at an OR show, years ago. Still-durable, lightweight and functional-the pictured techy daypack is waterproof----comes in 25L Echo and 35L Monterey capacity....
can see how breathable a back it is...ECHO Lava Black $139,99... 210D nylon ripstop kiss coat with TPU coating/420D nylon ripstop kiss coat w/ TPU coating, tuckaway the straps, molded EVA suspension, roll close waterproof skirt, draining side pockets, reflective print-don't dive with this though DUH...but protect personal electronics in a thunderstorm. 12.8 oz 
New to us-Kletterwerks -out of Bozeman, Montana...started back in 1975 as a climbers' hauling line of backpacks...then had its own open -shut-reo-open history-NOW -resulting in a collection with vintage colors that are distinctly 70's like this rust-having a re-groovy moment in fashion.

eye catching- no surprise this company has a dedicated website in Japanese---made with same materials (Corrdura) as back in the day...priced from $99 up

padded sleeves for electronics...on board

Fjällräven-Känkens-many sizes and colors-are a city staple-from this outdoors Swedish brand (review for F/W 2015)

FLAPJACK-ridged mesh covered foam back panel +removable hip belt -burnt orange
From Colorado based OSPREY-a company that has garnered serious outdoor creds with its techy backpacks...loved these hybrid daybacks/urban satchels=FLAPJILL+FLAPJACK...with reflective pops, padded inner sleeves, fabric side pockets for bottles/flasks (choose your potion/poison), flap access to  main compartment, under flap zippered pockets (handy), an outer zip pocket...and a low profile top carry handle.

DARK MAGENTA FLAPJILL PACK ridged mesh covered foam back panel + removable hip belt- all day comfort