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Why You Should Always Carry a Tactical Flashlight

Why You Should Always Carry a Tactical Flashlight

I’m not sure when I started carrying a tactical flashlight, but now I won’t travel without one. Why? Protection! Finding lost things! Adventuring! Oh, let me count the ways! Before I launch into a rhapsody (okay, an enthusiastic listicle) about why I love tactical flashlights, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Tactical flashlights are meant to be used with weapons and in other tactical contexts. They tend to be very bright, water resistant, and tough. (Here’s a brief overview…

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Fall/Winter 2016: College Budget Technical Clothing Haul

Fall/Winter 2016: College Budget Technical Clothing Haul

Here are some quick reviews of shirts and pants I’ve gotten over the past few months. I’ll write these posts every so often to keep you up to date with travel clothes that are actually worth it. This haul features a lot of H&M tencel and some Mountain Khakis pants. Read on for full opinions! H&M long sleeve tencel shirt ($10) This shirt is strange. I wanted a light, long-sleeved shirt that would cut the sun a bit and provide comfortable coverage for…

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Review: Mountain Khakis Traverse Pants

Review: Mountain Khakis Traverse Pants

Ever since I discovered Mountain Khakis, I’ve been intrigued by their Traverse pants. They’ve got a yoga pant look but brag about being tough enough for rock climbing. They’re also DWR coated, meaning water falls right off them. When the seasons change, I poke around at my favorite brands to find out who’s got the best sales. The Traverse pants were on sale for $20, a huge discount from their usual $90 price tag. The only hiking pants I had at…

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June 2016: Clothing News and Updates

June 2016: Clothing News and Updates

If you haven’t guessed yet, I am a total tech clothing geek. I follow companies on Instagram. I tweet them on twitter. I have lists of them that I’ll check up on seasonally to see if anything’s new. It’s not a big niche, but there’s interesting stuff happening, if you take the time to look! If you don’t have the time, it’s probably because you’re spending it on something on your to-do list instead of hyperfocusing on Googling variations of “women’s technical DWR…

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New Project to Watch: Lifepack

New Project to Watch: Lifepack

I’m always looking cool, innovative new gear, especially on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Recently, I stumbled across a neat project called Lifepack. Lifepack’s got a sleek design, separate spaces for clothes and work gear, a solar charger, integrated lock, RFID-blocking hidden pockets, and a water-resistant finish. There’s a few things I’m tentative about, but a few things I like  a lot. First, the positives. The creators have a pretty good track record – they’ve already got one well-received project under their…

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The Search for the Elusive Women’s Technical Clothing

The Search for the Elusive Women’s Technical Clothing

The search for the perfect travel garment is an experience fraught with sticker shock and weeding through pages of shapeless, overly pocketed clothes. For every check on the “perfect” list, there’s at least one on the “skip it” list. Found some pants are light and don’t wrinkle? They’re hot in the summer and have a pocket count to make a geologist blush. Find a shirt that’s comfortable and cool in the heat? Mark my words, it’ll wrinkle like no one’s business. I keep searching for the…

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Gear Round Up: Women’s Travel Pants

Gear Round Up: Women’s Travel Pants

Ever gotten caught in a rainstorm and gotten your jeans soaked? Fought those uncomfortable creases you get when you sit in tight pants for too long? Gotten a stain you just couldn’t remove? Moaned about the tiny pockets on women’s pants? I feel ya, friend. There are solutions out there – four way stretch fabric that looks as nice as it feels, treatments that resist water and stains, pockets that are smart phone sized. But they’re ridiculously hard to find. Brands discontinue beloved products (see…

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