Packing Lite http://packinglite.co Videos, Reviews, How To Pack Light Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:12:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://packinglite.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-faviconSQ-1-32x32.png Packing Lite http://packinglite.co 32 32 Mid 2018 Update http://packinglite.co/mid-2018-update/ http://packinglite.co/mid-2018-update/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:08:39 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1870 I wanted to give you a quick mid 2018 update and let you know where things are at. First of all, a big thank you to all of my subscribers, I’ve finally hit my original goal of 5000 subscribers and I really do appreciate all of your support and comments. I guess my next goal is 10k and then ultimately 100k.

I have also opened an instagram tv account on the Packing Lite instagram account. So I’m looking for suggestions of what kind of content to show on it. I’m thinking maybe spur of the moment food reviews or something. But please do let me know your suggestions down below.

There are many more products I have planned for review in the coming weeks and months. I also plan to do a ‘daily’ pack list of what I carry every day to and from work.

Finally I am planning to relaunch the ‘KeepFold’ backpack which I developed last year but which failed on kickstarter. I’m planning to mostly keep it the same with minor tweaks and perhaps launch it together with a 30 to 35 litre version as well for those who need a bit more room. Do let me know in the comments if you have an suggestions for that too.

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Olivers Convoy Tee Review http://packinglite.co/olivers-convoy-tee-review/ http://packinglite.co/olivers-convoy-tee-review/#respond Sun, 08 Jul 2018 07:24:03 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1865 The Olivers Apparel Convoy Tee is a 100% merino wool t-shirt made with a 165 GSM merino. Which means its great as a baselayer in winter and not too hot to wear in the summer as well. Its also a 18.5 Micron merino which means that its super soft and feels great in the hand and against your skin. Olivers also use a unique reverse raglan sleeve shoulder construction which make the shirt very comfortable and unrestrictive. It also just looks pretty good in my opinion.

In terms of fit, Olivers are probably the first company whose shirts I’ve tried that actually fit me perfectly in the small size. The Convoy Tee is listed as a slim fit (and they do make a Convoy Tee 2 which is a relaxed fit) and so the small fits a bit more like an extra small in other brands. But that works great for me because this is the best fitting t-shirt I’ve ever worn.

Another great thing about the Olivers t-shirts are that they come in a wide variety of very nice colour shades from the Cobalt (that I’m wearing here) to a hard to find (in merino wool) natural white. In addition to a regular t-shirt, Olivers also offers a great looking long and short sleeved Henley and versions of the t-shirt with a pocket.

In terms of performance the t-shirt works just as well as other merino wool t shirts that I’ve tried and it feels like it will be a very durable piece. It is a slightly thinner merino than the Wool And Prince  100% merino t shirts (which are 205gsm) but they perform just as well and come in more colours.

Overall I really don’t have anything bad to say about this t-shirt and I’m definitely going to buy a few more colours because I love the fit, colours and the unique shoulder design. For $68 USD (or $91 AUD) you really can’t go wrong with this t-shirt. I highly recommend checking it out.

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Naturehike 18L backpack review http://packinglite.co/naturehike-18l-backpack-review/ http://packinglite.co/naturehike-18l-backpack-review/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 05:47:51 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1861 This is a review of the naturehike nh17a012-b packable 18L backpack. The nice people at banggood were kind enough to send me a sample to review. The first thing you’ll notice about this bag is that it is strikingly similar to the Matador packable backpack. This one however is just a fraction of the price and still feels very well made.

Speaking of the price, this bag is currently about AUD$22 (USD$16). The Matador bag is about AUD$70 (USD$50). This naturehike bag has water resistant zippers and a durable water resistant nylon construction. And although the inner seams are not tape sealed but it is very water resistant. It also features two mesh bottle pockets on each side and an extra pocket on the front.

The straps of this bag are made of a mesh material that make it more breathable and lightweight. They make the bag very comfortable to wear even with a heavy load. The 18L capacity is quite spacious too. I could easily pack enough for a weekend in here or enough for a long hike. The only real downside is that there’s no padding on the back of the bag, so you’ll have to pack the bag in a way that will make it comfortable against your back.

My only other nitpick about the bag is that the zips are slightly firm. They don’t slide open and closed as easily as I would like. But overall I do like the water resistant zip and the bags overall design is really nice. It’s going to replace my SeatoSummit daypack for sure. It may even become my daily commuting bag. I’d definitely recommend checking this bag out especially if you’ve been put off by the Matador bags pricing.

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Mangrove Mini review http://packinglite.co/mangrove-mini-review/ http://packinglite.co/mangrove-mini-review/#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:33:48 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1856 The guys at gearbest were kind enough to send me a Mangrove Outdoor mini backpack to check out. This backpack is made from a water resistant polyester material and has a capacity of around about 10 litres. The first thing you’ll notice about this bag is that it bears a striking resemblance to the Arpenaz 10 from decathlon. This bag however has a few subtle differences.

This bags zipper into the main compartment has two zips and the zip actually is not parallel to the edge of the bag which I actually found to be a bit jarring while packing and unpacking it. I do prefer a straight parallel zip especially for smaller bags like this. It has light padding on the back and on the straps which keep it comfortable for most situations which is good.

Unfortunately one of the downsides is that the front pocket isn’t pleated like on the Arpenaz 10. Which means it doesn’t expand outwards to fit more in. But overall the build quality is really good and the colour is nice too. In terms of pricing this bag comes in at around $12 AUD ($8USD) but you can use the coupon code: Packinglite on the gearbest site to get it for $5.99.

Overall a solid backpack which is just the right size for everyday carry and well built at a good price but it will probably come down to personal preference and budget with which one you prefer more between this and the Arpenaz 10.

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Sea to Summit Pocket Umbrella http://packinglite.co/sea-summit-pocket-umbrella/ http://packinglite.co/sea-summit-pocket-umbrella/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:34:03 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1852 Today I wanted to do a quick hands on review with the sea to summit pocket umbrella. I bought this online for about $24 AUD (18 USD) and had fairly high expectations given that it’s a bit more expensive than I’d like for and umbrella.

The umbrella itself is quite good quality and comes with its own little travel bag. It weight 155 grams (about 5 oz) and has a span of 84 cm (33 inches). The handle is telescopic and the arms of the umbrella automatically unfold when you open it. There is a plastic cover over the clip that secures the umbrella in place while open. Although it’s hard to tell when it’s been pushed up enough to click into place without feeling like it’s your pushing it too far.

The biggest problem I had with the umbrella was actually with the handle. As soon as I first took it out of the bag for the first time the handle actually came straight off. It doesn’t appear to be glued on or attached in any way. It just pops on and off a bit too easily and make its feel less than sturdy.

Overall the build quality and lightweight design is really nice and it is a solid umbrella that fits in with my lightweight ideals. It’s just a shame that the handle is as flimsy as it is especially for the price.

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Allbirds Wool Runners Review http://packinglite.co/allbirds-wool-runners-review/ http://packinglite.co/allbirds-wool-runners-review/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:16:20 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1844 I had been wanting to test these allbirds ‘wool runners’ since I first hear about them years ago. However they originally only shipped to NZ and USA. Fortunately shipping opened up to Australia within the last couple of months and I got a pair just after Christmas.

So I have been wearing these shoes to work where I do a lot of standing and walking. In terms of comfort they are very nice to wear. I have found that they’re very breathable and lightweight as you would expect with wool. This means that they’re also quite suitable to wear without socks. Although I mostly wore socks with them.

The wool is quite thick and although it does not repel water they do dry quickly even if they were to get wet. But I would have liked to see some kind of hydrophobic coating to better repel water.

In terms of pricing they are pretty expensive, at $95 usd (or $140 Australian) although this pricing is comparable to some nike running shoes. But I wouldn’t suggest running in these allbirds. They’re running shoes in name only.

Which brings me to some of the negatives. The grip on the shoes is fairly limited and on wet surfaces can be slippery. Due to the wool construction the shoes also don’t retain a lot of the shape over wear as they get more pliable. My final complaint about these shoes is that they initially did not offer a black upper and white sole version. However they are now offering a version with a black upper and ‘light grey’ sole so I guess that is satisfactory.

Overall a nice pair of shoes that are comfortable and versatile for everyday wear. And perhaps even a contender for an ‘all in one’ travel shoe.

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Tronnovate Swift Bag Review http://packinglite.co/tronnovate-swift-bag-review/ http://packinglite.co/tronnovate-swift-bag-review/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:37:54 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1837 This is a hands on first look/short review of the Swift Bag from Tronnovate. The first thing you’ll notice about the bag is that it features quite an interesting and unconventional design. The zip goes across the front of the bag in a Zed shape theoretically giving you easier access to all areas of the bag. And behind each of the two flaps are additional zippered mesh pockets.

What I do like about this bag is just how lightweight it is. It comes in at around 300 grams (10oz) and is water resistant but not fully waterproof. A few other useful features it has are: a sternum strap, adjustable straps, built in drybag, 2 drink bottle pouches, and several internal pockets. In terms of pricing it’s quite affordable at around $90USD for the retail price.

It terms of real world use I found parts of the design a bit awkward in practice. The Zed opening zipper isn’t as quick or convenient to open as you’d think and you have to be careful your stuff doesn’t fall out while opening it. The built in ‘dry bag’ is also quite awkward because its attached only to the bottom of the bag. So stuff in that can move around or fall down while the bag is open. My final nitpick about the bag is that the material is quite loud and when holding or opening the bag it rustles quite loudly.

Overall though I think that it’s refreshing to see such an interesting new design. It would make a good day bag especially for short day trips or perhaps even for cyclists.

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Wilderness Wear 160 Shirt Review http://packinglite.co/wilderness-wear-160-shirt-review/ http://packinglite.co/wilderness-wear-160-shirt-review/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 01:24:46 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1827 The Wilderness wear 160 Merino fusion top is made in Australia from 50% Pure Australian Merino and 50% Ultra-fine Schoeller Polypropylene 190gsm double jersey. It has a very soft hand feel and feels very lightweight for a long sleeve shirt but it still retains all of the benefits of merino wool.

The problem I usually find with merino wool blends is that while they do dry quickly and wick moisture they often still end up needing to be washed after every wear. They don’t seem to retain the antimicrobial properties of pure merino wool. I didn’t have that problem with this shirt though. The ultra-fine schoeller polypropylene acts just like merino wool in wicking moisture. It also retains quick drying and antimicrobial properties.

In terms of sizing when I first tried on the Medium size I felt it was a bit big for me. The size I’m wearing now is the Small and it feels a bit too small especially in the arms. So I’d suggest going with a size up from what you normally wear if buying this shirt to get a fit that covers your arms. However the small fits my perfectly everywhere else except arm length.

In terms of pricing, the merino fusion 160 shirt comes in at $99 AUD and unfortunately only 1 colour. Which seems very reasonable for what you get. This shirt does breath well in the summer and I don’t feel hot wearing it. It also feels very warm and comfortable in winter. So it acts just like a merino wool garment with a lot less weight.

Overall while I’m not a fan of the contrast stitching and would have liked to see more plain solid colours, I do feel in terms of a baselayer it does an excellent job. A quick shout out and thank you to Jon at wilderness wear for sending out the shirt.

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Wilderness Wear 10K eXtreme Socks Review http://packinglite.co/wilderness-wear-socks/ http://packinglite.co/wilderness-wear-socks/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 03:16:03 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1823 The 10K extreme merino wool socks are made in Australia from a blend of 80% Pure Australian Merino, 10% Nylon, 5% Lycra, 5% Profilen.

The style and design of the socks is quite good and they have a padded area at the bottom and around the toe area. This makes them a joy to wear no matter what kind of shoes you pair them with. They come in a selection of colours too, black, white and this green pair that I was sent courtesy of Jon at wilderness wear.

So far in my testing I’ve not noticed any holes but there is some minor pilling of the material as you can see along the bottom especially. However this is quite normal for merino wool socks. Even my darn tough socks display a similar form of pilling but it doesn’t cause any damage to the socks overall integrity.

The price comes in at around $35 AUD which is $27 USD which is quite pricey especially if you compare it to darn tough socks which regularly come in quite a bit cheaper and have a lifetime warranty. Whereas the wilderness wear socks only have a 1 year warranty. Wilderness wear does now offer international shipping so if you are overseas and wanted to try a pair then you can now do so.

Overall I do like these socks and feel that they are very well made and comfortable. The padding adds another level of comfort to whatever shoes you are wearing and they breath well and dry quickly. Overall if you’re looking for a great pair of low cut merino wool socks that are made in Australia then look no further.

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UPPEL Universal Adapter with USB-C http://packinglite.co/uppel-universal-adapter-usb-c/ http://packinglite.co/uppel-universal-adapter-usb-c/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 04:44:59 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1820 The uppel universal travel adapter is a travel adapter with a USB-C type port. It also has a regular usb port and input for an additional plug. I haven’t had a real chance to use this with all the different plug types yet though so this will be more of a hands on.

The build quality is quite good for its price which is US$22 (around AU$28). I should note that while it does have a fuse it does not convert voltage. So this should only be used with simple electronics. Most laptops should be fine to use with it if they have a power brick. The USBC output is also not a fast charging output and likely wouldn’t be able to charge a macbook or phone very fast. But it is still nice to have it.

Overall its quite well made and I like the design although the placement of charging plug holes does mean that this adapter is often too big to use beside other plugs that are plugged into the socket. If it were a slimmer design it may be able to fit beside other plugs but due to its large size it often needs all the space it can get.

If you’re on the market for a universal travel adapter I would still suggest getting the Skross adapter but if you need the USB-c functionality then this is certainly a good choice to consider.

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