The HITT Seal of Approval – what it means and list of the winners

HITT Seal of Approval Sample 2015Yay! A product has earned the HITT Seal of Approval! So what does it all mean other than the company’s designers and marketing team are now doing happy jigs in the street? A HITT Seal of Approval means HI Travel Tales testers think the item is so cool, so good, so useful, or so great looking and wearing that they’d buy it themselves. And Michael and Therese have more than six decades of testing and evaluating experience between them. While it may not be a “game-changing” innovation, it does what it’s supposed to do with aplomb. And we think it’s perfect in its category – or very nearly so.

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HITT Seal of Approval Winners

You can purchase any of the products listed below and help to support HI Travel Tales in the process. Simply click here “HITT recommended travel gear – tested and approved.”

OOFOS sandals review for lightweight travel comfort

This traveler isn’t necessarily a flip-flop gal. Not enough support when you are beating back the miles exploring a city or park, or enjoying a museum or exhibit. The OOFOS sandals are a different breed, however: Super lightweight, supportive comfort for travel whether you’re putting in some legwork or loitering at a café.

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Katadyn BeFree a compact travel water filter system

Unless you are planning to buy bottled water every time you travel (not always practical, cost-effective or environmentally sound) packing along a compact water filter may be an alternative. Enter the lightweight Katadyn BeFree water filter in a soft flask (approximately 2.4 ounces total) as the perfect solution to maintaining your gastrointestinal health.

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Pacsafe Travelsafe X15 anti-theft portable safe

As an increasing number of electronic devices, computers and cameras get toted along on our travels, the more we have come to see the value in packing along a little extra security for our valuables. Security that comes in the form of a Pacsafe Travelsafe X15 anti-theft portable safe.

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Knixwear Evolution one amazing travel bra

For our HI Travel Tales travel adventures, I like to opt for multifunctional (one bra for a run, hike, dinner out, etc.), but an excellent versatile travel bra isn’t easy to find. Then I discovered the new Knixwear Evolution Bra. Go buy one now for your travel bra. You will not regret it.

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Arborwear Canopy pants perfect for adventure travel

I was sitting a chair at the dentist’s office, pretty comfy in my Arborwear Canopy pants, which have also become a go-to everyday wear. Then my dental hygienist walks in and immediately exclaims, “Those pants look amazing, I have to get a pair for my husband!” You know your pants are scoring when even your dental hygienist notices them.

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GSI Ultralight Java Drip & Infinity Mug Review

Admittedly, I am a lover of a good cuppa which is why I fell in love with the GSI Ultralight Java Drip and quite like its companion Infinity Backpacker Mug. Don’t be misled by the “backpacker” in the mug’s name. You can take it on any kind of travel where lightweight and versatile are king.

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Houdini Motion Light Houdi travel jacket

Breathable, ultralight, weather resistant, stretchy, soft, stuffable, recycled, recyclable – what else can you ask for in a great lightweight softshell jacket to take on your travels, stuff in your pack, or wrap around your waist? Sweden’s Houdini Sportswear Motion Light Houdi is the newest addition to its line of products

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Stonewear Designs Rockin Pants review

The Rockin Pant isn’t new, but for those in the know, it’s a true classic and ideal do-it-all travel pant. Stonewear Designs has had it in the line since 2007. Bet there’d be a riot if it were taken out. And at HI Travel Tales, we’ve long believed in recognizing what is good, not just what is new. With that in mind, we felt a review that recognized this pant’s long-lasting excellence for travel was due.

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Gore-Tex running jacket: great travel jacket

When adventures call you far afield when you’re on the road, your streetwear travel jacket may not be up to snuff. In those cases, a versatile travel jacket for active adventures is a must – a great travel jacket like the Gore-Tex Running Wear Essential that protects in all kinds of weather.

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RAD Helix roller releases travel-tight muscles

Discovering the RAD Helix roller was a beautiful moment. Packing along workout or therapy gear when you are on the road isn’t the easiest. In fact, it is often impossible with size, bulk or weight. But because it is so compact, the RAD Helix has become my own portable physical therapy kit whenever traveling.

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ExOfficio Ometto Blazer: ideal men’s travel jacket

Dressing classy yet staying functional while traveling is easier with the ExOfficio Ometto Blazer. Since there is no doubt that presenting a clean and stylish image commands respect, the Ometto Blazer could even up your chances of that unexpected upgrade (we can be hopeful, can’t we?).

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Lowa Bandon GTX one classy travel shoe

The Lowa Bandon GTX for men is a casual, classy and highly versatile travel shoe, making it an ideal choice for any situation. And, let’s face it, the ideal travel shoe choices when luggage weight and space are at a premium are precisely those shoes that don’t look out of place in restaurants, cathedrals, museums, evening concerts, or on cobblestone walkways or dirt paths even.

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L.L. Bean DuraReader glasses a lifesaver

L.L. Bean DuraReader glasses are a lifesaver. When you don’t wear glasses all of the time, it’s all too easy to forget to pack along a pair when out traveling. So what happens when you suddenly come across a sign or need to recheck your location on a map, be it paper or electronic? Yup, guesswork and frustration. HI Travel Tales has reviewed take-along travel readers before (see our review of the Thin Optics), but L.L. Bean has a new entry to the no-break, pack-along travel readers: DuraReaders.

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Simple but brilliant Exotac FREEKey a travel essential

Keys are a fact of life, even when you travel. Keys to rental cars, hotels, friend’s houses and other places – often on clunky, hard-to-manage key rings. Say no to bricks some inn wants you to schlepp around or a myriad of loose keys you need for the VRBO … one for the gate, one for the front door, one for the laundry. The solution is packing along a simple, lightweight, key ring that isn’t a battle to get keys on and off, like the Exotac FREEKey.

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