You know how airplane black boxes are designed to withstand a crash from 30,000 feet, then set on fire, then being submerged underwater indefinitely? Snow Lizard’s new SLXTREME 5 case is kind of like that level of protection for your iPhone. OK, it’s not quite that durable, but it is designed to withstand the daily [...]
Mountain Hardwear Super Light Plasmic Jacket: The Go-anywhere, Waterproof Outer Shell for Adventure Travelers
Mountain Hardwear manufacturers some of the best outdoor and adventure gear available. What’s more: they’re constantly innovating new ways to make their products lighter, more comfortable, more durable and just plain better.
Osprey has pretty much defined awesome lightweight travel backpacks for decades. Their Talon series has virtually become the standard kit for minimalist backpackers. The recently updated Talon 33 is the Goldilocks of the series – not too small, not too big. It’s just right for backpackers looking to take their minimalist packing skills to the [...]
Super minimalist travelers revel in packing exactly what they need for every trip. That means every bit of gear occupies the smallest possible footprint with little to no extraneous weight. And, if you can cut ounces (or even grams) from even the charging/syncing cables you pack for your gear, why not? CHARGEKEY is a Lightning [...]
Protect Your Home While Traveling with Swann’s SwannCloud HD Pan and Tilt Wireless Camera [First Look]
We’ve long been fans of Swann’s line of wireless security cameras, particularly when we’re traveling abroad for long periods. Their latest releases for 2014 include the SwannCloud HD Pan and Tilt – a smartphone/tablet controlled Wi-Fi camera that offers remote pan/tilt & 2-way audio. Other features include: Shoots real time 720p video or still images [...]
For years, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect travel shoe. Thus far, I’m convinced that perfect is damn near impossible, but the kicks from shoemaker Blundstone come pretty close. Virtually their entire product line is durable and lightweight featuring an understated, minimalist style and convenient. slip-on design. They were kind enough to send [...]
Travel geek or not, keeping an eye on your home or apartment while you’re away (especially for long-term travelers) is critical. And, thankfully, it’s now easier than ever with ultra-affordable, wireless security cameras that even your Nana can setup herself.
Sennheiser has had their hands in the high-end audio industry for seventy years. In addition to kickass headphones we were pleasantly surprised to discover their Bluetooth headsets are pretty sweet as well. Their latest release – simply dubbed Presence – focuses on taking today’s ubiquitous Bluetooth headset to the next level with truly premium audio [...]
The portable speaker market has literally (ok, not literally) exploded in the past year. Now, audio/mobile accessory manufacturer id America is throwing their hat in the ring with the new TouchTone Portable Wireless Speaker. We’ve long been fans of their headphones, but this new venture helps travelers share their audio beyond their own personal listening [...]
We’ve said it before, but … it’s rare for us to see anything truly new and unique here in the way of travel gadgets at Vagabondish HQ. But every so often, something catches our eye that we’re pretty sure no one thought of (or at least actually produced) before. Say hello to The PowerPot V. [...]
Manufacturer Divoom’s entire line of portable, rechargeable wireless speakers is ideal for travelers. Their latest Bluetune-Bean is pocket-sized and features a built-in microphone, rechargeable battery (good for up to 8 hours of listening), wireless Bluetooth audio … all neatly packaged in a clip-on design available in a variety of fun, stylish colors. Just clip it [...]
And the awesome packs keep rollin’ in. (Get it? No, really … d’ya get it?) Seriously, in addition to their Pixel Port daypack, Osprey Packs kindly supplied us with a test sample of their Ozone 22-Inch Wheeled Convertible.
Osprey Packs have been a staple for backpackers since long before the idea for Vagabondish.com was even a twinkle in my eye. And with good reason – their entire line offers rock solid build construction, smart pocket placement, and clever forward-thinking design. Which is how the company’s latest Portal Series came to be – it’s [...]
Sure, there are plenty of battery cases available for every variety of smartphone. But we’ve yet to see a charger case – that is, a case the also acts a power adapter for your smartphone. Prong’s latest PocketPlug aims to remedy that – it’s the first smartphone case+charger in-one. And a clever solution for the [...]
These days, it’s rare for us here at Vagabondish HQ to stumble upon a truly new and unique travel gadget. Yet the new Galileo by Motrr is in a category all its own. Frankly, we’re not even sure how to classify it. What it does is quite simple – it allows you to “rotate an [...]
Portable speakers are all the rage these days, particularly among travelers. What’s exceptional about Outdoor Tech’s latest Buckshot though is that it’s designed to be ultra-portable, rugged, and water-resistant. Oh and the battery lasts around 16 hours (!) – good for at least one all-night ho(s)tel rave or one really, really long bike ride in [...]
Goal Zero is best known for their rugged, ultraportable solar power solutions – great for backpackers and travelers visiting far-flung destinations with little/no access to the grid. It’s no surprise that we included their Guide 10 Plus Mobile solar kit among our 2012 Holiday Gear Guide. Not content to be a “one trick pony”, GZ [...]
After three years, I’ve finally found a replacement for my trusty Kensington Universal Travel Adapter. Flashpackers will love Satechi’s latest Smart Travel Router & Adapter which pulls triple duty – as charger, adapter, and router all in one. This (almost) pocket-sized gadget adapts to fit four of the most common plug configurations used in more [...]
Among the most serious threats to an Apple-loving adventure traveler’s gear is damage to their iPhone (read: their phone, camera, MP3 player, note taker, etc.). Luckily Tigra Sport has introduced the Bravo Case – the world’s first waterproof aluminum iPhone case. The anodized aluminum housing is stylish enough for metro/urban travelers and plenty badass for [...]
We’ve been digging KEEN’s entire lineup of sandals since … well since the idea of Vagabondish.com was barely a hopeful glimmer in my eye. My Newport H2 watershoes are often the only pair that I pack (including on extended trips to Alaska and Africa). They’re versatile, durable, packable and the rugged design screams “I’M AN [...]