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HI Travel Tales was born from the passion for travel, the desire to seek out adventures of all kinds, and an eagerness to share everything. Whether those adventurous undertakings are in big cities or small villages, in a mountain wilderness, or on an ocean, they stem from an avid curiosity about people and places. Founders Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian and their team use words, art and photography to take you where they’ve been and hope you’ll enjoy the adventure too.
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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.”

Ahnu Noe Leather: Comfy all-round great travel shoe

Your feet are your best friends on the road. And you better treat them right and make sure they are comfortable. What you need is one great travel shoe that goes from all-day city touring to back-road sauntering to a casual dinner with a skirt. Like the Ahnu Noe Leather does.

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ExOfficio Sport Mesh travel underwear

If there is one thing you are going to wear nearly everyday when on the road (well, most of us), it’s your undies. Thus, travel underwear is vital. Wait, rewind: The RIGHT travel underwear is what’s vital. That means undies that are so comfortable you could live in them 24-hours a day, every day. Undies that dry so fast you only need one (maybe two for that veritable just-in-case).

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Patagonia creates a perfect travel shirt

Going light and compact is the name of the game when traveling. But finding a perfect travel shirt that will work for running or workouts and still look dressy enough for a museum or restaurant has been a somewhat elusive task. That just...

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Beeline case with tether prevents phone fumbles

Hands cold, wind whipping and the ship rolling in heavy seas during a gorgeous sunrise. To get the photos I wanted, I had to hold my mobile out over the railing – nothing preventing my phone from dropping into the ocean below other than my tenuous grip. I might have relaxed a bit and been able to get better photos had I been using the Beeline Case then.

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Ahnu Cruz Vegan: Nearly perfect travel shoes

Of course, there is no such thing as perfect travel shoes that will be all things and all will love. Nonetheless, the Ahnu Cruz Vegan slip-on is now my fave travel shoe when I want to give my other one or two pairs a rest – the ones I wear running, scrambling, trekking, urban wandering, or for a casual evening out.

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Outdoor Research HighCamp Mitts ensure toasty digits

Loving the HighCamp Mitts! Being a stereotypical woman, my hands are frequently cold. It could be 55 degrees and I’m wearing gloves. Some women have shoe collections? I have a glove collection! Which means when preparing to travel to colder climes I find myself staring at piles of fleece gloves, soft shell gloves, windproof or insulated mitts and wondering which one will work.

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Kahtoola Nanospikes: winter running traction

Kahtoola has long been known for traction devices, that is, crampons and spikes that add grip for staying upright when traversing snow or ice. But only in fall 2014 did Kahtoola come up with less, well, spikey traction devices geared for runners (and walkers too who desire something with fewer sharp points) – the Kahtoola Nanospikes.

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Prana Stretch Zion pants functional style perfect for travel

A perfect travel pant sounds easy, but it’s not. Too many are durable and functional enough for outdoor adventure yet they also leave me looking like should be heading out on safari rather than a night out in Paris. And those that offer urban style are rarely stain-resistant, water-resistant and abrasion resistant enough to handle anything but the mildest of outdoor activity. The Prana Stretch Zion pants ($80), however, comes as close to travel pant perfection as any.

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ExOfficio Calluna Fleece Hoody – Warm, snuggly goodness

Sometimes the simplest things can bring such pleasure. A fleece. A warm, cuddly fleece. Every company has a fleece sweater of some sort, right? So what’s the big deal? This new Calluna fleece line, featuring the ExOfficio Calluna Fleece Hoody, launched in late 2014 has such snuggly goodness.

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Eagle Creek Activate Wheeled Duffel Review

There is good reason why the Eagle Creek Activate Wheeled Duffel 30 ($215) made us smile. At HI Travel Tales, we’re always looking to save ounces and pack less. There are times, though, when the demands of a trip require larger luggage – for gear for planned adventures or on-site winter weather, for example.

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Yaktrax Run: winter traction on ice and snow

When the HI Travel Tales team discovered the Yaktrax Run winter traction device prior to a trip to snowy and cold Norway in November 2014, we rounded up a couple of pairs to try out. Over the years, slipping and mincing across ice or packed snow on winter runs or...

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Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots: Cute meets functional

It did not take long for me to fall in love with the Ahnu Sugar Bowl winter boots. Insulated boots are a tough item to pack along when traveling as light as possible is the goal. But when you’re headed to a cold and snowy climate, warm boots are essential. Since HI...

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Thule Atmos X3 iPad Air case earns raves

Everybody makes an iPad case, it seems, but how well the features have been thought out is normally another matter. I’ve tested numerous cases over the years, and there have certainly been plenty of pretty good ones. With each one, however, quibbles and frustrations have arisen – too heavy, too bulky, a complicated or insecure lid latch, or what to do with a separate or floppy lid when the case is open, among others. There have been enough that I’ve continued my search for that one case to become my go-to, my favorite in all but wet conditions for my iPad Air. And I’ve finally found it – the Thule Atmos X3 iPad Air case.

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Nite Ize QuikStand: nifty smartphone travel accessory

For way too long, when watching a video or making a phone call, I found myself holding my phone, propping it up against some vertical surface, or finding something sort of lumpy to tuck under it to make it tilt for easier sight. Enter Nite Ize QuikStand, at just under...

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Cocoon Lumbar Pillow: Many uses all say travel comfort

Packing along a few comforts, such as a travel pillow, when you are traveling is mandatory these days. But loading yourself down with a lot of weight or or bulk or taking an item you may only use once on a trip (an airline neck or back pillow as examples!) just won’t...

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Soto Helix Coffee Maker a Traveler’s Dream

Traveling coffee addicts need the Soto Helix Coffee Maker. We at HI Travel Tales are coffee addicts. Yes, we admit it. But we are also coffee snobs. Just any old cuppa won’t cut it. We want a good, full-bodied one from quality beans. When packing in the backcountry,...

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Euroschirm umbrella is light and compact

Some people believe you never pack a bag and leave home without bringing along a travel umbrella, ever. He is one of those. She isn’t. He likes the convenience of quick cover. She would rather have a hood on a jacket because umbrellas are...

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Thinner, thinnest: ThinOptics reading glasses let you see

Not sure about all the others out there with what I lovingly call “aging eyes,” but toting reading glasses around with you all the time just in case you need to read something is a royal pain in the petooty. Fishing out the case, pulling it open, fumbling with the...

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Switch sunglasses let you ‘switch’ at whim

Sometimes you feel like a rose, and sometimes you don’t … lenses on your sunglasses that is. Yet who wants to schlepp along two or three pairs of glasses when you’re on the road? We certainly don’t. So along came glasses a while back with lenses you could pop in and...

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