Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tech, Gear, Gadgets + Stocking Stuffers

Last minute buys-or Santa selfers...a round-up of cool gifts (gift card potential) that will last beyond the holidays...HEGS, GEAR AID, SAXX UNDERWEAR, NORDICTRACK-iFIT, Chengdu XGimi Technology, LINK AKC, PLAYON CLOUD, i-BLADES


For gear heads...handy stocking suffers...and fitness worthy items to get ready for...

HEGS hangs or hooks...yes the ones as seen on tv-get plenty of use at campsites, as laundry hooks (or air out swimsuits) or in closets as way organize storage. An un-glam stocking stuffers-really- clothes-pins- that we always use!
GEAR AID Gear Patches...fix waterproof apparel, tents, sleeping bags, tarps etc...patches also available made from Gre-Tex and Cordura

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Beauty + Accessory Solutions-That Travel

Positive changes should not wait till a new calendar year...including gift worthy solutions to minor annoyances... good for gals on the go...

BCL NATURALS, PARODI , The BRUSH GUARD, TALIKA, VOTRE VU, SEABUCK WONDERS, GLAM21, SUMMER'S EVE, ACTION WIPES, L.L.BEAN, THERM-A-REST, UGGS

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For Dry Hair
BCL aka Be Care Love Naturals -pictured- Shampoo, Conditioner, Daily Miracle Mist and Leave In Conditioner-offers aromatic (lavender oil-controls breakage) intense hydration for thirsty locks-with deeply moisturizing avocado oil + carrot seed oil- as conditioning ingredients, plus organic soy protein  -strengthens hair. Our favs-the very travel friendly products-multi-taskers- daily miracle mist-which is super lightweight-and offers up heat protection when using dryers on wet hair-something even usually drip dry types do in freezing weather....and... the creamy solid like leave in conditioner-should last a long time-a tsp size-rub on hair-then through hair roots-ends -tames the frizzes+hair static....or scoop up a tbsp to de-tangle hair in the shower- handy way to travel with conditioner.
ECO BONUS POINTS:  HYPO-ALLERGENIC | NO SULFATES | NO HARSH PRESERVATIVES 
PH BALANCED | VEGAN | CRUELTY-FREE | PARABEN-FREE | COLOR SAFE 
NO GMOS | NO PHTHALATES | GLUTEN-FREE


Chapped Hands
Parodi daily use hand moisturizing cream in TSA friendly 2 oz tube ($25) was developed for salon professionals -as a solution to dried out hands courtesy of frequent wash-ups. Non-greasy, fast sinking in and really hydrating (with shea butter and evening primrose oil). There's also a moisturizing foot smoothing exfoliant for feet---easy to use- in the shower-has tiny granules that wear down calluses-help flake off dead skin cells...just leave on a minute for moisture to sink in-then rise. Feet-are flip-flop ready...for warmer weather treks.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SPARKLE ON BLING+BAUBLES

GIFTS FOR THE GALS THAT LIKE TO SHINE

E. SHAW Jewels, NINA, CAROLEE, DIAMOND VENEER, ARTISAN GALLERY, KARA MAC SHOE CANDY, MARGO MANHATTAN

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Shiny-sparkly-fabulous-giftables if jewelry priced well...including under $50 to statement pieces in solid silver.
E.Shaw Jewels-a mother/daughter duo-multi strand wrapped bracelets in gemstones-match up with wardrobes, tap in birthday stone's 'energy's' or such up with college/ school colors. Starting at $125

Sunday, December 11, 2016

GET-ABLE GIFTABLE GEAR-PART 2



GEAR for outdoors-for mountain/lakes to ocean locales...Part 2

TENKARA USA, BOLLÉ Goggles, ThermaCELL Heated Insoles, YAKTRAX-BOA, RENOUN SKIS, OTTERBOX


"I'm a going fishing...too..."

TENKARA USA "only a rod, line & fly" (no reel) embraces the Japanese traditional method if fly-fishing that uses 'only' the aforementioned -simplicity, precise casting-for those with skills (noted) using only the truly essentials...thereby making this fast growing way to spend time-much more accessible to backpackers as well as anglers anywhere.
Daniel W. Galhardo-founder-leading light of TENKARA USA -shows the telescoping design (portable) of this rod-allows for much longer lengths than typical western rod...but it's fly-fishing-not cane-pole fishing...
The One Knot-for all level line and tippet connections
keeper holds two tenkara lines or tenkara line and snippet-pictured with a fly secured onto one of the notches


Tenkara Strap Pack-entire kit -fits in here-can be clipped to belt or to backpack straps $30...currently back-ordered

NEW GEAR= GREAT GIFTS

OSPREY PACKS, CAMELBAK, SEIRUS, SLINGFIN, 

Why does it seem like all our our gear -seems outdated...maybe because it is! Gifts for those heading outdoors-no matter the pace...always appreciated especially when this new stuff is just so cool.
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SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT Hydration Systems from name brands Osprey and Camelbak-for  day hikers-trail running ultra-marathoners-and bikers...boast bounce free sips-and a lot of them.

OSPREY--hydration  compartment accessed handy dual zip-inside  dedicated compartment/band prevents reservoir from sloshing around..on hip belt-more compartments provide super easy access plus hip belt-zip compartment is handy and shift the weigh. Reflective pops...NOTE Duro 15 (pictured $140) and Dura-are gender specific-available early  2017

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Giftsperation: Guys on the Go The Basics

FITS SOCKS, WIGWAM SOCKS, ZAMST COMPRESSION SOCKS, EX OFFICIO, L.L.BEAN, SAXX UNDERWEAR

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...
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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...

THULE, VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY, CLOTHING ARTS, REI CO-OP, WRANGLER, FOLK REBELLION, REMO TULLIANI

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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

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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).

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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 on...as 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 eat...plus 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 machines...ge 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..
...at 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.

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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!
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