What's New, What's Hot: January 2015


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Mindshift Travel Away Backpack:  This product enables you -- and only you -- to rotate its detachable belt pack from back to front, eliminating the need to remove your backpack in order to reach essential travel items. The patented "rotating 180-degree" pack is large enough to store an 8-inch tablet or a point-and-shoot camera. The durable and water-resistant backpack, which has pockets capable of concealing a 15-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet, features ample space for extra clothing, side compression straps for carrying trekking poles or a small tripod and a curved back panel with a single aluminum stay for stability. $199.99; 

Wojo Wallet:  A useful travel accessory, this minimalist wallet measures only 3.5 by 2.25 inches and weighs 0.7 ounces yet can secure cash, a credit card to two, your ID and even a key. If a pickpocket can see and strip you of one of these, the creep almost deserves his ill-gotten gains. Sweat-proof and so water-resistant it floats (making it just the thing for watersports), the Wojo Wallet has an outer band to keep cash and/or a key secure and a silicone- and neoprene-lined sleeve for cards and a driver's license. More versatile than a money clip and more sensible than a bulky wallet, the Wojo comes in blue, light blue, red or green. $12.95; www.wojowallet.com.

Bison No. 2:  Another sensible wallet for travelers is the classy, full-grain leather Bison No. 2, which is designed, sourced and handcrafted in the U.S. Measuring only 3.7 by 2.5 by 0.1 inches (still plenty of room for several credit cards and a few bills), the Bison No. 2, which comes in a number of finishes, is made without linings, glue or rubber, and the stitchings are guaranteed for life. $60 to $65; www.bisonmade.com.

EBags Hardside 24-Inch Spinner:  This handsome and durable polycarbonate bag weighs only 9 pounds, 8 ounces yet can handle just about anything you would want to take with you on a week-or-so vacation or business trip (capacity: 4,750 cubic inches). Its exterior diamond pattern reduces abrasion, and its recessed top handles are made to last, while a two-section telescoping handle and double-wheel casters contribute to ease of use while in transit. Other features include a two-section interior packing compartment, a full-mesh zip-around cover, a removable/adjustable shelf, six-point tie straps, a large self-healing zipper and side grab handles. The bag, whose overall exterior dimensions are 27 by 18 by 11 inches, is available in 10 striking colors. $149.99; www.ebags.com.

FixNZip:  This small device can come in handy when a faulty zipper threatens to render your favorite outfit unusable. Designed to repair zippers without other tools or sewing kits, FixNZip promises to rescue tooth-and-coil, metal and plastic zippers. Available in three sizes (small, medium and large), the gadget can be used on open-end zippers such as on jackets or closed-end zippers and is able to start anywhere on a recalcitrant zipper, including one that is missing some teeth. In addition to unsticking zippers on apparel, FixNZip can also do the job on tents, sleeping bags, Jeep windows and the like. The slider parts of the product are made of nickel-plated zinc and its spring and thumb screw of stainless steel. $9.99 (three-pack: small, medium and large, plus three ring pull tables, two black cord pull tables and one small clip-on pull), $24.99; www.fixnzip.com.

Vim&Vigr Socks:  According to Vim&Vigr, the firm that markets this product, "gradient pressure" knitting technology maintains gradual compression that starts at the ankles and goes up from there to energize your legs, increase circulation, prevent swelling, alleviate discomfort, prevent and reduce spider and varicose veins, and help muscle recovery. A fitted heel, flexible toe pocket and contoured leg provide superior fit. The socks -- nylon, wool or cotton for men, small to X-large, and adding moisture-wick nylon for women, small, medium and large -- are available in a range of designs, from striped argyle to thick stripes and polka dots. $24.95 to $34.95; www.vimvigr.com.


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