What's New, What's Hot: October 2019


Royal Robbins Ultimate Travel Jacket: If you are sporting this on your next trip, you might not need to take that carry-on after all. Among its many attributes are ear-bud loops, a passport pocket, a stash pocket, a pocket for caching a tablet, a cell phone pocket, an eye glass pocket and a detachable, adjustable hood that incorporates an eye shield to help you sleep on a plane or train. In addition, the jacket, which is made of Polyester and Spandex, weighs about 14 ounces depending on size (small to XXL). Other features include two internal media cord loops, cuff inserts with thumb holes and a center front zip closure. Another plus for travelers: This jacket moves, dries, packs and wears well. $179; https://www.royalrobbins.com.

Ogio Alpha Convoy Travel Bag: This carryon, listed as 522S in the reliable Ogio's new Alpha Convoy collection, is ecologically friendly in that it is constructed with a Cordura "Eco" polyester body woven with yarn from recycled plastic. Maybe more important to those who aren't yet tinging green are the bag's more-traditional assets, such as durability, practicality and light weight (7.2 pounds). This iteration of the Alpha Convoy line, which includes a larger checked bag, backpacks and a golf bag, can comfortably fit up to a 15-inch laptop and has an overall capacity of 33 liters and dimensions of 22 by 14 by 9 inches. Completing the picture are two large pockets with buckled closures for compression, a three-stage retractable handle, back-panel protection skids, four spinner wheels and side/top grip handles. It is available in black, gray and camo. $299; www.ogio.com

Lunchbox Festival Backpack: Active travelers should take to this backpack. Minimalist in design, the Lunchbox bag is meant to be worn comfortably all day long as it is lightweight, seamless and more than adequately padded. An insulated hydration pocket keeps liquids cool, while a mouthpiece cap keeps the hydration nozzle clean and, hopefully, bacteria free. A cell phone pocket on one of the straps, an inverted zipper design and cut-resistant materials effectively discourage theft. Other features include an easily accessible sunglasses pocket, side mesh pockets, a removable sternum strap and a power pack pocket. Vital statistics: The bag measures 16 by 10 by 5 inches and has a capacity of 12 liters. $99; itsmylunchbox.com.

Primus Lite Women's Shoe: Described by manufacturer Vivo Barefoot as the perfect traveling shoe, the London-designed Primus Lite boasts a lightweight, thin sole and is so readily foldable that it can easily slip into a purse or small bag. Sporting a breathable mesh made from recycled PET plastic bottles, the shoe is available in white, black and spearmint green. Constructed to follow the natural shape of a woman's foot and offering a minimal architecture that allows maximum sensory feedback, the Primus Lite comes in all standard sizes (although some sizes sell out quickly). $140; www.vivobarefoot.com/us.

Kwilt 2 File Storage System: Marketed as a personal file hub that eliminates the need for cloud storage (and monthly fees), the Kwilt 2 enables you to offload and backup all of your IOS or Android phone's photos and videos to the privacy and security of your home network and make them accessible to you from anywhere through a dedicated app. Basically, your unlimited mobile storage resides on the device, which effectively means that you can store, share and edit any kind of file, directly order prints from your phone, and play your stored photos and videos on your TV using an included HDMI cable. Also shipped with the Kwilt 2, which measures 4.7 by 4.7 by 1.9 inches and weighs 6/6 ounces, is a power supply, a 16 GB USB 2.0 memory stick (expandable to 16 T) and an ethernet cable. $89; https://www.mykwilt.com.


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