A few weeks ago I was invited to test ‘drive’ a new luggage set which was sold to me as being a ‘game-changer’ for families and frequent fliers! I wasn’t in any real need for new suitcases – and had very little space for any more bulky items in my home. I would be lying as well if I said I wasn’t a tad sceptical by the use of their description – was this to be a case of overpromising and under delivering? But by the time I returned from … [Read more...]
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Recently I was approached by Naked Nutrition to try another one of their products, the NAKED WHEY. This product is available in several flavors; I chose Lemonade (it is also available in flavors of fruit punch and grape). It comes in a 1.3 pound plastic container and contains 100% whey isolate powder. This product is lactose free, GMO free, gluten free and also soy free. There is no sugar added, however it tastes sweet from fermented cane sugar … [Read more...]
Recently Naked Nutrition reached out to me to try several of their products including Naked Cookie and Naked Shake. One's eyes and ears quickly perk up when hearing about a business who is so bold as to choose the word 'naked' for part of their company name. Catchy names aside, this name is true to their philosophy focusing on essential ingredients, avoiding unhealthy additives such as artificial sweeteners, flavors or coloring - in essence, … [Read more...]
The Fenix HP25R V2.0 is a powerful headlamp which is rated to run for up to 400 hours on its low mode or 2 hours on the turbo high brightness setting. We first tested this out picking grapes in Napa Valley. Features three different lights including a spotlight, floodlight and a red light. Offers 10 unique brightness settings ranging from 5 Lumens up to 1600 Lumens and a usage time of 2 to 800 hours depending on the setting. The light tilts up to … [Read more...]
The appropriately named Western Digital My Passport hard drive is ideally suited to those on the go. One axiom we have learned from several decades of travel is that one can never have enough backups. Both hard drive size and weight have improved dramatically over the years. Our first My Passport Drive was much larger and significantly heavier. This latest drive (comes in sizes of 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 5TB) is so small it will easily fit in one's … [Read more...]
Organic Aromas I was first introduced to essential oils (Lavandin and Lavender) several years ago while touring lavender fields and visiting related factories in Provence, southern France. When Organic Aromas reached out to me, I was intrigued by their wide diversity of essential oils. They focus on two products, diffusers and the actual essential oils. Besides their most popular diffusers, Organic Aromas also produces hand-carved and … [Read more...]
Remarkably after 14 years of visiting wineries up and down the Napa Valley and beyond, I've never owned a wine refrigerator. Rather, all wine acquired for aging has been stored under my parent's house in a dark and cold stable temperature environment. I've never kept more then a few bottles on hand at any one time. When NewAir reached out promoting several of their wine refrigerators, I was simultaneously intrigued and excited. And in … [Read more...]
Stylish, lightweight and functional, the America Shield Granite Series Backpack is an ideal day pack for both urban and rural use. While this is an attractive pack, it certainly is also versatile. We like the fact it has a separate liner inside that one can use to hold either a tablet or a laptop. Made of canvas with leather front straps both for the primary space as well as the smaller front pocket. The primary space is also easily … [Read more...]
Excited to test out my new Vasque hiking boots I headed up state to the northern reaches of California. I stopped in Redding, a town known for outdoor activities and featuring plenty of hiking trails in the surrounding hills. I headed out towards Whiskeytown Lake and then found myself in the back country hiking down several dirt footpaths. The Vasque Snowblime Ultradry™ Hiking Boots are ideal for winter use in the snow but certainly are good … [Read more...]
With a trip to Thailand planned to celebrate Songkran (the Thai New Year's festival, which thankfully involves lots of water fights during the warmest time of the year in Thailand), I grabbed a couple of lightweight clothes to wear in Thailand's notorious intense and oppressive tropical heat and humidity. One day I spotted the heat index at 115F equivalent to 46C. First up was the Craghoppers Bermera travel shirt - created with InsectShield … [Read more...]