To Base Camp and Beyond: Our 2019 Picks for Travel Clothing and Accessories
Not everyone has the good fortune to live at the head of a world-class trail, or have a National Park within a half-day’s drive. A few of us have to pork-barrel work or family trips in order to access new outdoor destinations.
Whoever said “getting there is half the fun” probably formed that opinion when airplanes still had legroom and served Chicken Kiev in coach, but we’re doing our part to at least make long-distance travel comfortable and classy. Long gone may be the days when passengers wore sport coats and pill-box hats, but you don’t have to resort to pajamas to enjoy the journey.
So here we go: Here are our KÜHL travel favorites, plus five top-rated favorites from fellow creators of high-quality outdoor equipment.
Traveling in KÜHL Style
We’ve added exciting new products to our adventure clothing collection, and we can’t help but show them off. It’s tough to choose, since all our 2019 products are designed for comfort and versatility under any circumstances.
Maraudr Karryall and Backpak
Grab your gear and go with these rugged, versatile, classically-styled bags. The KÜHL MAURADR KARRYALL has a 28 L carrying capacity with a sleeve designed to hold you 15″ laptop. Organize gear in five leather-trimmed external pockets, an interior zippered pocket, and a dual-zipper wide-top flap for easy yet secure access. This bag will get you through some tough scrapes while resisting wear and stains. The waxed canvas fabric is rip-resistant, and the alloy hardware attachments will stand up to dirt, dust, and rough handling. Grab your stuff and go with the KARRYALL’s heavy-duty nylon handles or removable shoulder strap.
For those who like the vintage knapsack look, the 16L KÜHL MAURADR BACKPAK updates a classic design with a reinforced padded back support and an internal pocket for your laptop. Stash your smaller tech and personal essentials in a generous external pocket. With the same tough waxed cotton/nylon cloth and vegetable-tanned bridle leather trim as the KARRYALL, this pack will serve you whether you’re setting out for a day hike to a waterfall or to your favorite coffee shop “remote office.”
Be ready for layovers and long flights with your own lightweight, high-comfort KÜHL KASHMIRA BLANKET. Choose your favorite color among Alpine Blue, Merlot, Ruby, or Glade, and enjoy an oversized, 72″ x 52″ snuggle. These blankets are perfect for stashing in your car for emergencies, or whenever you need to catch a nap between shifts behind the wheel.
Women’s KÜHL SPLASH™ Roll-Up Pants
You’re at home on the trail, at the beach, or sightseeing in a new city. So are our new and improved KÜHL SPLASH ROLL-UP women’s pants. Made from our very own quick-drying, forgiving UBERKÜHL STRETCH performance cotton blend, you’ll be comfortable on the longest international flights or just dangling your feet off a dock. We have thirteen colors available, so you can mix-and-match with your favorite KÜHL women’s outdoor and travel clothing.
Men’s KÜHL SILENCR™ ROGUE Pants
If ever there was a luxury performance pant, this would be it. Our SILENCR ROGUE KARGO has soft, micro-chamois waistband liners, a gusseted crotch, and a subtle four-way stretch for full range of motion. Keep your passport, visa, and other essentials close in one of six pockets, including two slip-in phone pockets discreetly placed slightly back of the outer thigh. Breathable moisture-wicking polyester fabric in a selection of six low-key colors will keep you cool and wrinkle-free on any adventure trek, casual business meeting, or dinner out with friends. If things get really hot, you’re protected from the sun: these adventure travel pants have a UPF 50 rating.
This European-style ball cap is unisex and one-size fits all. Just check out the ÜBERKÜHL page, and scroll down for fan feedback. Lightweight yet durable, the quick-drying UPF 50 fabric will protect your head and hide that travel-mussed hair. Choose from four subtle colors to sport a low-profile look. And if you want that definitive American look, you’ll find trucker-style lids among the rest of our hat and accessories collection and make a statement while you’re in North Carolina or trekking in Nepal.
OK, your clothes are packed! What else do you want to bring? We’re going to skip the obvious travel adapters, compact toothbrushes, and neck pillows. Those are all great, but they’re also pretty boring. And we don’t do boring.
Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly Combo
If you’re like us, you feel naked when you find yourself in a new environment without some sort of fishing gear. Keep this combo fishing kit in your luggage or car for your most-likely inland angling opportunities. Interchangeable butt-ends let you spin-cast two to six pound weighted tackle, and the flyfishing system is set up for the go-to favorite five-weight configuration. This is a high-quality combo for the price, and a very smart investment for those who’ve found themselves empty-handed near new-to-them waters. Beats the heck out of traveling with golf clubs when you’re planning on down-time between business meetings!
Pacsafe RFIDsafe V50 RFID Blocking Bi-Fold Wallet
Keep your cash, ID and credit cards safe from skimmers and pickpockets. Pacsafe’s V50 travel wallet has earned high marks from reviewers, and it’s our top choice… even if travel wallets are less-than-exciting accessories. We like the sturdy wrist strap that prevents you from dropping it, and the fact that while it’s made of tough fabric, it doesn’t look touristy. Our friends at REI have this and similar high-quality Pacsafe wallet products. And hey, the V50 can double as a leader and tippet wallet for your next fishing trip!
Cocoon Silk Mummy Liner
Sometimes you just want an extra layer between yourself and those motel room sheets. Designed to bump up your sleeping bag’s rating by five degrees while keeping it clean inside, the Cocoon Silk Mummy Liner also keeps you cool (and chill) when you’re in an unfamiliar bed. Hand-washable and fast-drying, you can take it with you on any backcountry, cross-country, or business trip.
Streamlight PolyTac X Flashlight with USB Battery
We wish we could cram more into its title, because Streamlight markets this new compact flashlight as multi-fuel. Indeed, you can power it with the rechargeable 18650 USB battery or with two CR123A lithium batteries. Select high (600 lumens), medium (260 lumens), and low light (35 lumens) settings based on your need. There’s also a super-bright strobe setting to signal your location for 5.5 to 8 hours, depending on the charging source.
No matter the emergency, you always want to have a good flashlight on hand. Here’s another reason to check out this one: The PolyTac X flashlight doubles as a self-defense aid. Use the strobe to disorient would-be assailants, and if things go sideways, the beveled ring around the polycarbonate lens will make quite an impression upon contact. Pick from coyote brown, black, or yellow. Bonus: it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes at one meter, and in a pinch you can top off your cell phone battery via USB.
Osprey Ultralight Roll Organizer
You roll up your clothes to save space, so why not roll up your personal items? Osprey is a leading name in backpacking equipment, and they’ve got some amazing travel goodies, too. We love this one, because it can go wherever you do. Their Ultralight Roll Organizer weights in at just over a quarter pound, with two mesh and one solid fabric pouch, and a large, sturdy, opaque compartment for bulkier items. Whether it’s in go-mode or suspended by its fold-out hanger, Osprey’s organizer will protect your toiletries with 40 denier rip-stop nylon, keeping them easily accessible whether you’re waking up after a rough night in Barcelona or wrestling it from a grizzly in Glacier.
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