Serengeti Cielo: Seeing the World in a Whole New Way


Bollé, the makers of Bushnell binoculars, has long been known for making quality sunglasses. With the Serengeti Sport™,they’ve eyewear to a whole new and wonderful level. In the bright, glaring sunlight of Louisiana bayous, the Cielo sunglasses darkened. In the Pacific Northwest’s lighter, gray skies, the lenses lighten up.

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High Sierra Elevate 101: Rugged, Roomy, Lightweight


High Sierra asked RFT to put their Elevate EL101 25-inch bag through a REAL TEST™. This bag, made with a high-density internal foam structure, is sleek looking and incredibly lightweight. RFT contributor, Lana Mulder, recently put the Elevate 101 through its paces on a cross country trip.

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Summer Sun: Tilley Hats to the Rescue


I admit it, I’m not much of a sun person. My half-German heritage gives me fair skin and that means painful sunburns. For a trip to the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula, I knew I’d need a good sun hat.

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Tilley’s Summer Hemp

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If you are looking for a new hat for summer or for your tropical travels, check out Tilley Endurables’ new TH10 Women’s Hemp Hat.

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Tilley Tec-Wool Hat: Lightweight Warmth


Health authorities tell us that we lose as much as 80% of our heat out of our heads. When I traveled in February to the Yukon Territory where temperatures routines drop to -20° F. or lower.

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Cocoons Over Rx Sunglasses: Seeing Clearly

Check out how cool he looks now wearing Cocoons Over Glasses Sunglasses. He was ecstatic both about the cool look and the terrific view provided by the polarized lenses. And he demanded to know where he could buy his own pair.

I was concerned. Either my eyes would be protected from the sun with sunglasses, but the world would be blurry, or I’d be able to see clearly, but would be blinded by snow.

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TravelSmith’s Anorack Rain Jacket Saved My Life — Three Times!


In Canada’s Yukon, weather is unpredictable. Despite it being mid-August, TravelSmith’s Anorack Rain Jacket saved my life, not once, but three times!

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LL Bean’s Ridge Runner Day Pack


As a travel editor, I schlep luggage through airports all over the world. To save money and time, I prefer to carry on a small roll-aboard and a “personal item.”

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TravelSmith Clothing: Fashionable, Comfortable, Smart


Spain is known for fashion. The locals typically look put together even when their clothing is casual. Tourists stick out in their shorts, baggy pants, and running shoes.

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TravelSmith Beats the Heat Test


Shreveport, Louisiana where temperatures are soaring into the 90s. The question: what to wear to look professional and not die from the heat? TravelSmith to the rescue!

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High Sierra AT505: A Versatile Workhorse


With escalating fees being charged by airlines for luggage, we found a bag that will do it all — it’s large enough allow you to pack enough stuff, small enough to carry on, and it’s stylish and easy to use.

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Write On: Tough Pens for Tough Conditions


On a trip to the Yukon where the temperature can drop as low as -20° or even -30° F., I realized not all of the pens I normally use would work.

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