Snowboard packs are never at the top of anyone’s wish list. But as an essential piece of kit that will outlast other items, I always find myself researching them as heavily as I would when buying a new board.
Snowboard packs are kind of like dogs; there are hundreds of varieties to choose from, but they also end up resembling or wordlessly saying something about their owner.
Whether you’re looking for a larger pack that will double as a good ol’ fashioned backpack the 6 months your not ripping, or a purely backcountry focused pack, you’re sure to find the one to meet your demands here in our top ten list.
With the birth of our son in June 2011, my wife and I found we stopped going for long walks in the countryside. A pushchair can only be taken over easy terrain and would not be suitable for muddy paths and getting over styles etc. The answer was to get a baby/child carrying backpack.
I tried on a couple in a local baby store but found they sat too high on my back, with the waist straps around my bellybutton – not good! Lacking adjustable backs there’s nothing I could do to make them fit.
After online research I found Deuter and their Kid Comfort range. Deuter have been making rucksacks for 110 years providing high quality backpacks for alpine sports, trekking, cycling and snow sports.
The entire Kid Comfort baby carrier range has the level of adjustability you would expect from a hardcore trekking backpack, which assured me I could make it fit my back. So I ordered the Deuter Kid Comfort II plus a sunroof and rain cover to help protect the little man from the elements.
Spring is a great time to be on the lookout for new travel gear. You’ve got discounts on winter gear and last year’s ranges all over the shops; summer stuff just coming out; and now blessed with longer days, it’s time to get planning and prepping for holidays and more active weekends.
If, like us, you are always tempted by the latest gadget, gizmo or innovation, you’re probably not going to find it here… That’s because we’re not featuring new travel gear just because it’s new, we’ve included it here because we think it’s good.
Here’s a quick round-up of the products we’ve seen recently that match innovation with practicality and have us flexing our credit cards.
Everyone needs travel luggage, right? But it’s not the most important gear you’ll need travelling around the world. Most travellers would consider the shoe an invaluable piece of equipment. They come in many forms, they make up an important piece of everyday life; they are our protection from everything that is discarded and our transport to new experiences.
To me, the hat and the shoe are both essentials. Both are practical, both can be easy to transport depending on type. I once travelled with a fedora, which I crushed after a day in my care, yet it still stood the test of time and provided invaluable sun protection - and a certain element of class.
This got me thinking: could you ever do away with travel luggage ? Seriously, could you go sans bag?
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