EASE — Travel Product Reviews
Men’s Long-Sleeve Hemingway Shirt, 11-Pocket Vest and Explorer Cargo Pants, by Ron Stern
Trying to pack bulky clothes to prevent checking luggage is always a problem. TravelSmith’s answer is its long-sleeve Hemingway shirt, 11-pocket travel vest and Cargo pants.
Made of a rayon and polyester blend, the Hemingway shirt is lightweight, wrinkle-resistant and takes little room in a suitcase. Its soft cotton was cool in the warm Florida weather and comfortably warm in the evening, as the temperatures dropped.
TravelSmith’s packable explorer cargo pants are as light as a feather, machine washable and dry quickly. An inadvertent stain came off quickly, with just a slight bit of soap and water. The pants dried in 20 minutes and I was off to my next event.
As a photojournalist I found the 11-pocket vest perfectly suited to my last trip. Its innovative technology repels water and allows it to dry six times faster than ordinary cotton. So you can chuck the photographic day bag and fill your pockets with almost everything needed. In my case, the pockets were crammed with camera lenses, cleaning cloths, gum, sunscreen and a host of other small but necessary items.
Travelsmith 22" Lightweight Ballistic Luggage, by Ron Stern and Denise Dube
Ron took Travelsmith's lightweight ballistic rolling luggage on a recent trip to Sarasota, Florida. Denise took off for colder climates and packed the same piece for a Montreal stay. Both are happy to recommend this piece to fellow travelers. The 22-inch piece provides the convenience of a carry on, but supplies enough room for a three to five-day stay in a cold or warm climate.
Many rolling pieces suffer from two design flaws: poorly constructed handles that become wobbly over time, or wheels that end up cracking or breaking. Everyone can always hear you coming with the latter as the wheels make a clop, clop, clop sound over the hard floors.
TravelSmith's model, however, rolled smoothly. The double frame-type handle was solid and extended long enough to be rolled by somebody more than six feet tall – like Ron – and for a woman a few inches over five feet – like Denise. The lightweight material and frame made it a true delight both on and off the plane and will be a standard item on future trips – for both travelers.
Next month TravelSmith wows Denise Dube with TravelSmith pants and a slimming dress that works better than any diet plan.
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