Thursday, June 30, 2016

SUNNY-SANDY Accessory Essentials PART 2

More fun in the sun-and in a pool-and on a beach, and in the, gadgets and accessories that get you and your essentials there...for a splashing good time.

why should it surprise us that L.L. Bean  has a sand/snow dinosaur (pictured) $29.95 and Yeti molds for the ultimate sculpture under the sun.  Plus outdoor-backyard lawn games like horseshoe, croquet and archery sets= FUN
MONSTER iSPORT Freedom Wireless Bluetooth on ear headphones-with reflective pops...lets you dial volume up/down, answer calls, move tracks forward/back in a tough durable, sweat proof and water tough manner. USD-micro USB cable for charging, anti microbial cleaning cloth, and travel pouch included $199.95

A day at the beach, or in the park-any workouts with smartphones require waterproof protection for that NOW life essential no matter if all data is backed up in the CLOUD. FITLETIC-maker of every race belt we own...makes this HydraLOCK
iPhone  arm case with handy velcro straps to attach to biceps S/M or L/XL $39.95.
Unisex kicks cool enough for hot nights
NATIVE footwear featherweight shoes are classics in the making with a twist-stylish dressy silhouettes refreshed with fun colors, prints and design perforations and cushioning built in to beat the heat of feet. Apollo Moc microfiber upper with laser etched perforations, Superbuck gusset, EVA outsole, microfiber laces-$90 BONUS POINTS PETA-VEGAN approved.
Snazzy floral prints-we saw these at a Fall preview but a bright summery style Jerico Princess Day glow Bloom Print slip-on $55 and Verona in assorted prints available now!
Hike or climb in these approach shoes by Adidas owned FIVE TEN Access ($140) pictured in carbon with matchy match Five Ten Socks-could get the approving nod from even the Yeezy cool are these? Kicks got us up a mountain walking and pop of red laces gave it some fashion flair. Outsoles feature the Stealth S1 classic rubber the brand is famous for with a climbing zone for added durability and technical edging, a lightweight EVA midsole with high rubber content for increased shock absorption, and a rubber toe cap with rubberized exoskeleton lacing system for protection and support (and fit). Perforated nubuck leather upper...the style makes it a breathable everyday kick too imo---in men's sizes but we fit EURO 39 though others might want to size a half up. Overall ...felt enough stiffness in the ankle -mid area-for support we need of a day hiking mid (particularly going down a steep path), with enough flex-that one needs for edging the rocks or scrambling up.

say hello to our new ALL DAY  about the city and on our feet forever tradeshow floor kicks by LOWA-part of their Arctic Lifestyle collection for men and women. The San Francisco GTX™ low Surround™...(waterproof)   amazingly so lightweight, breathable with an innovative open sole construction that allows the air to circulate-courtesy of that unique GORE-TEX Surround™ technology that made a big intro at OR show,
What really sold us though-the cushioning with an energy returning footbed that's a plush ride-so much so we weren't our usual desperate to take off shoes mode the sec we got home. PU Monowrap frame, and integrated PU midsole for durable long lasting wear+even a cushioned tongue for comfort. Heel coddling PU density heel counter helps keep alignment correct... no surprise-the shoes share the DNA of some of those amazing design details of the brand's acclaimed hiking boots. PLUS  Euro lifestyle sneaker flair looks certainly look a bit more stylish than our trail running shoe -our former choice for all day tradeshow strolls. Detail-pop of color from laces-bright blue vs charcoal -navy upper- and white outsoles def 'it' looking for right now. Guy version too. 100% handcrafted in Europe.
As seen above there are both side perforations and at the bottom -lets hot moist crammy feeling 'stuff' out....keeps debris out too. The side supportive exoskeletal construction of the San Francisco GTX lo Surround combines with a signature characteristic of Lowa...anatomically curved for a natural flex that cradles the foot-kinda see it in the outsole-how it curves mimicking the real shape of a foot... enables the foot to move comfortably-the way it is supposed to- but stable too, not wobbly at all. Great kick for traveling-can handle concrete, cobble stones or even a day hiking trail-with ease. Available Now with several color options.

EX OFFICIO makes the most comfy undies that -in theory-one pair is all you need for a backpacking jaunt around the world. Hmmm...maybe so, but we swear by the durability of our sample that sees plenty of regular machine washing... though not tossed in quite like the above gif...these adorable Women's Give-N-Go® sport mesh bikini thongs deliver in cute color waves. Bonus- with flat lock seams and smooth waistband for chafe free wear, very ultralight breathable mesh that is perfect for hot sticky stretchy but shape retaining-with Lycra® spandex in the mix. 
Moisture wicking-silky soft men's Give-N'-Go low rise fly's, briefs and briefs -the boxer style passed the 17 countries in 6 weeks test-yikes-so clearly-fast drying, lightweight, odor resistant and durable- made of nylon 94% and Lycra® spandex 6% mix-for pinch free wear
SAXX Underwear-get your FOURTH ON-FLAG flying wise... patented BallPark™contact free Crouch construction is supportive- with 3D hammock shaped pouch that keeps it all in place-guys love the no strangulation comfort and no chafe, Flat Out Seams™. In long leg, boxer and brief styles made of tech-performing fabrics like Modal, merino wool, spandex with polyester, cotton etc and the construction-9 panels of fabrics for 3D shaping. Impressive. Pictured: Boxer modern fit M-L-XL sizes....oh pleasepleaseplease-be the solution to manspreading.


Eagle Creek's Pack It  Specter™ system -of half cubes, full cubes (and sets)-made of tough translucent stain and water repellant fabric- seriously ultra barely featherweight Silnylon ripstop....will soon  come in metallic colors so flashy-we'd never unpack.
ALSO delivering soon-new Eagle Creek zip jewelry-valubles cases...pretty enough to keep on top of a dresser...durable enough to survive that trekking jaunt-where everything gets tested against rough surfaces.
inside...protective lining and nice touch-zipped interior compartment in lids!
Seeing is believing-the only organized thing in this mess-typical sadly, enough- is our bright yellow PACK-IT SPORT™ shoe locker $20-weighs all of 3oz -with convenient carry handle- holds our running shoes...(available now)...better yet-there's more to this line- designed for athletes on the go...the cubes are blessed with anti-stink anti-microbial treatments and have LinkSeal waterproof mesh compartments-that separate wet from dry. 


Victorinox Swiss Army knives-define the category of multi-tools AND for summer-the uses are plenty-beginning with that had bottle opener. Outdoor BBQs and al fresco dining require some it makes sense that Victorinox's  cutlery is equally as durable and practical. Brighten up a kitchen-or any pinch setting-gotta love these serrated and sharp edged kitchen, steak and pairing knives-available in fun colors...PLUS...perfect hostess gift-a COLOR TWIN set $35-contains an ultra sharp paring knife and a multi-tool knife (green, orange).

Bright and practical=Classic Limited Edition-in this year's  color Orchid Purple- the ALOX -has 5 functions-small blade, scissors, nail file, screw driver, 2.5 mm, key ring... $35.50---all are with the year engraved on the back. Three sizes