What's New, What's Hot: June 2018


Feetures Socks: The running sock company Feetures has expanded its product line to include what it calls its Lifestyle Collection. Using the same performance technology as the running sock, the Lifestyle Collection offers targeted compression, which lifts and supports the arch, and as such should help ease the stress on a traveler's typically aching feet. In addition, the socks, which are styled as hidden or crew, are made of moisture-wicking spurn polyester fibers, have a seamless toe for avoiding blisters, boast an ultra-thin construction and a heel-hugging design to keep the socks from slipping inside shoes. Available in narrow and broad stripes or several solid colors. $13.99 to $19.99; www.feetures.com

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Mr. Steak 1-Burner Portable Grill: For the RV camper, soft adventurer or vacationer going mobile, "portable" might well describe this 29.5-pound infrared grill, which is designed to go where you go (within reason). The grill, which has non-skid legs to provide stability while grilling (the legs fold up for easy transport), will fit in the back of a car, on your patio or at the beach (if the local law allows). Despite being relatively compact, the 1-Burner's ceramic infrared burners fire up to 1,000 degrees F (14,000 BTUs) and has 165 square inches of cooking space. Other attributes include stainless steel V-grates, a double-wall lid with a stainless steel handle and silicone grip and electronic ignition. It is designed to be used with a 1-pound propane cylinder. Dimensions: 25 by 16 by inches. $229.99; https://mrsteak.com

Tortuga Homebase Backpack: Despite weighing only 2.3 pounds, this remarkably practical backpack-- it works as a carryon as well -- sports isolation sleeves for a laptop (padded) and tablet and provides ample room for the other gear and garments you might need for a weekend on the road. Constructed of waterproof sailcloth with stowable, injection-molded-foam shoulder straps for comfort, the Homebase measures 20.75 by 12.3 by 8.25 and comes with a handy detachable packing cube. The backpack also has lockable zippers, top and side handles, a mesh water pocket and hidden front-mounted organizational pockets. $245; https://www.tortugabackpacks.com/collections/homebase

Dune Jewelry: Handcrafted from sand and natural elements sourced from thousands of locations worldwide, this unique line of jewelry and accessories creates tangible mementos of vacations, hometowns, iconic locations and destinations such as resorts, ballparks, beaches and golf courses, virtually anywhere you have been. This jewelry, made by hand in the U.S., captures the essence of more than 3,500 locations in what Dune calls its "sandbank" of samples. And if your favorite spot is somehow not represented, you can collect and submit your favorite place's natural elements for the creation of custom jewelry. The Dunes catalog, which showcases pieces with natural material from places as diverse as a beach in Mumbai to detritus from the old Yankee Stadium, is available at more than 800 retailers worldwide. Prices range from $40 to $480; www.dunejewelry.com

Doctor Plotka's Travel Toothbrush: The good dentist, a legend in his own mouth, is the name behind this practical toothbrush whose foldable design keeps a low profile in your suitcase or carryon. One wonders whether there has ever been an instance when a standard-sized toothbrush couldn't be jammed into an already overpacked bag, but, perhaps, two foldable Plotkas can make the cut where one full-sized can't. In any event, a company called Mouth Watchers maintains that apart from its size, the travel toothbrush has other attributes, such as a "silver bristle technology" that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria build-up on bristles, flossing bristles and "superior" cleaning bristles. One cavity ... make that caveat: Promotional material reminds that while the toothbrush's antimicrobial silver technology reduces bacteria on bristles, it does not eliminate bacteria in the mouth nor protect the user from germs. But one thing for certain: It packs light. $5.99; https://www.mouthwatchers.com


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