We review a ton of headphones here at Vagabondish and frankly every pair starts to look a little too much like the one before it. Which is why we love how much Phiaton’s new flagship MS 400 Moderna Series Premium Headphones stand out.
The mobile power market has exploded in the past year, meaning travelers rarely need be without juice for their portable electronics. Thankfully, backup batteries have become increasingly small, yet even more powerful. Such is the case with iWALKUSA’s Extreme 7500 rechargeable universal backup battery.
Modern travelers and backpackers love their gadgets. And even if you don’t plan on Tweeting and YouTubing during your next off-the-grid outing, at the very least you’re likely to pack a digital camera, iPod/iPhone, maybe a GPS, and myriad other devices. Therein lies the perennial problem when you’re looking to travel off the grid. Enter [...]
British manufacturer RHA has recently released their line of headphones and earphones for the first time in the US. Of note: the company’s flagship MA450i noise isolating earphones. In addition to sounding fantastic, they’re also ultra-durable. The shell is constructed of aircraft grade aluminum, while the cord consists of reinforced copper cable inside a braided [...]
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been testing out the new Throne Gold headphones from IMEGO. Out of the box, these big over-ear phones are an attractive, brassy hue and feel solid in your hands. While I wouldn’t bet on them being as sturdy as, say, any of V-MODA’s offerings, they’re certainly more durable [...]
Every November, we select our 25 favorite bits of travel kit for the year. From solar battery cells to ruggedized portable speakers to the most versatile clothing we’ve ever tested, something on this year’s list is sure to bring tears of joy to the gearhead traveler in your life.
Today’s modern vagabond packs nothing more than s/he needs: gear that performs double duty, multi-function gadgets, and clothing that works in (nearly) any situation. We’ve already gushed about Triple Aught Design’s Praetorian Hoodie (week 2 by the way, and I’m still loathe to take it off except sometimes in the shower), concluding that “it’s the [...]
For backpackers who prefer to pack their own linens, Sea to Summit‘s new Coolmax® Adaptor Traveller Liner is the ideal travel sheet. Whether used by itself or as part of a layered sleep system, the stretchy Coolmax fabric wicks away moisture and helps your body stay comfortable in almost any temperature or humidity. The updated [...]
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a little obsessed with hoodies. I’d wear them in the shower if only I could find one that dries fast enough. So when San Francisco-based Triple Aught Design offered to send me a sample of their premium Praetorian Hoodie for review, I jumped at the chance.
Wicked Audio continues to pump out great looking audio accessories. Their latest Heist headphones offer a sharing feature that includes a second jack built into the earbuds cord – perfect for travelers with friends or travelers looking to make new friends. Other features typical of the WA lineup include gold-plated jacks to keep them free [...]
If a company brags that their product is waterproof and “rugged”, that’s basically a challenge for reviewers like me to murder the hell out of it. When I reviewed Braven’s 625S Bluetooth speakers, chucking them onto concrete was enough. If EcoxGear’s EcoxBT portable/ruggedized speaker was going to impress me, it would need to survive a [...]
Nobody likes Big Brother, but that specter of constant surveillance isn’t so terrifying because it represents a perversion of human nature. Few things are more natural – or understandable – than the desire to see from a distance. If we can’t be everywhere at once we can at least keep watch on a few areas, [...]
I know, I know. We’ve been gushing fanboys of G-Form for a while now (here and here). But with good reason. They make some of the most badass mobile phone and tablet cases around. (Have we mentioned their Extreme Edge encased iPad that survived a 100,000+ foot fall from space?!). Yeah, really. Their latest bit [...]
Cords are a significant annoyance for most gadget lovers, but they’re even worse for those afflicted with twin lusts for technology and travel. The sight of a mass of tangled cords lying in the bottom of your backpack, partly merged with your headphones and a few odd lengths of rope, can be enough to make [...]
We’re longtime fans of Sea to Summit travel and outdoor gear. For years, they’ve striven to “create truly ingenious, well-made but affordable outdoor equipment”. And that they do – I’ve personally championed their storage sacks as absolutely essential when I travel. You might say “we celebrate their entire catalog”. This year, they introduced several all [...]
In the land of long flights with no power outlets, the vagabond with the biggest battery is king. I rarely use my smartphone for more than occasional browsing and navigation. But on long flights it’s much more convenient for watching movies than a giant, clunky laptop. The only issue arrises on long flights – after [...]
Savvy female travelers know one simple truth about packing: it’s all in the accessories. The right accents can take the same jeans and top from casual to trendy, the same dress from markets and museums to swanky restaurants and nightclubs, so you can pack fewer clothes but still be prepared for any situation. No accessory [...]
For many budding travel photographers, digital camera accessories can seem like an unnecessary luxury. This is especially true of “fancy” add-ons like lens hoods and even camera straps. I admit to feeling much the same way. But after checking out CarrySpeed.com‘s solid line of accessories, I admit to changing my tune. They recently provided us [...]
In a few short years, we’ve moved away from a model where downloading tracks to your computer or mobile device was the method of delivery. Next step: subscription-based, all-you-can-eat streaming music services. While this model has been available for some time, only recently (with the introduction of lightning fast 4G cell speeds) has it started [...]
With the release of the new iPhone 5 comes the inevitable flood of shiny new mobile accessories. Among our favorite manufacturers, X-Doria has released their latest Dash case. The 2-in-1 design features a perforated, impact resistant back panel to protect your phone from dings, scratches and drops. Available in five color options (including orange!), the [...]