Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra
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Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra

I first gear tested the ORCA Walker Tote and Hydra on a road trip through northern Kansas and Central Nebraska. Both of them are now part of my summer travel necessities. Founded in Nashville in 2012, ORCA stands for Outdoor Recreation Company of America. The cooler tote is perfect for road trip, especially since it’s … Continue reading

Zeal Optics Nucla Plant-Based Sunglasses Blend Performance and Style
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Zeal Optics Nucla Plant-Based Sunglasses Blend Performance and Style

If you want a pair of performance shades with a stylish look, the Zeal Optics Nucla ($149.00) are it. The polarized sunglasses come in black, plum, tortoise, and ocean. I got the color Ocean with Horizon Blue lens. While trekking to Everest Base, I became a mega fan of these shades. I didn’t have to … Continue reading

I’m Obsessed With Gregory Mountain Products Border Traveler 30L Backpack
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I’m Obsessed With Gregory Mountain Products Border Traveler 30L Backpack

The Border Traveler 30L is my first Gregory Mountain Products pack and I’m obsessed with it. My obsession starts with the active shield compartment that is vapor and odor resistant, plus easy to clean. After hiking in Moab I left my stinky clothes including grubby socks in the compartment to test the technology. When I … Continue reading

Outdoor Research Hoodie and Jacket are the Perfect Cold Weather Combo
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Outdoor Research Hoodie and Jacket are the Perfect Cold Weather Combo

I’m now an Outdoor Research mega fan. It’s because of a hoodie and jacket. I became a fan of Outdoor Research after gear testing their sensor vigor lightweight gloves that are smartphone compatible in December. I featured the gloves in my 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. I liked them so much I got the midweight sensor … Continue reading

3 Up and Coming Brands I Discovered at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show
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3 Up and Coming Brands I Discovered at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

Like everything else, Outdoor Retailer Snow Show is different this year. Because of Omicron, a lot of the bigger, more established brands pulled out of the annual trade show. Normally I would go 2-3 days of the show, but this time condensed my time at the show to one day, which happened to be a … Continue reading