New suitcase boasts ‘unbreakable’ outer shell and handy USB ports
Travel Gear: Hiking boots reimagined and Joby’s smartphone primate
Away Travel’s Carry-On, €225
Away Travel Carry-On
There’s a simplicity to Away Travel’s luggage, yet the details have been well considered. They’ve got a lightweight, but tough outer shell that it claims is unbreakable.
A pair of external USB ports lets you recharge personal gadgetry off its internal battery and an integrated TSA compliant combination lock secures the zip.
Inside, a nylon laundry bag helps the organising and internal compression straps maximise packing capacity. This is the Carry-On version, but there’s a range of cases that nests inside each other Babushka Dolls-style for storage.
From €225 and up, see awaytravel.com
Scarpa Ribelle Tech OD Boots
Only a particularly lazy columnist might start his piece with some trite analogy about a new boot design signalling a step change. So we won’t be doing that then about Scarpa’s recently launched Ribelle Tech OD Boots.
The Vibram sole’s stiff enough for the mountains, while the upper part has a stretchy, built-in gaiter. A waterproof flap protects the lacing and the whole lot weighs in at a miserly 500g.
€399, see scarpa.net for more
Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro
Joby has chipped away at what might have seemed a fairly limited niche to extend its GorillaPod grippy stands in all directions. (Another dodgy analogy open goal there.)
This one is for smartphones, with a larger tablet GripTight version available too. In effect, it fits any phone and can wrap-fix securely to just about any sort of handle, pole, branch or bar. There’s a magnetic model as well, that clings to metallic surfaces like something alien from War of the Worlds.
€65 from connscameras.ie and other good camera stores.