Packing Lite http://packinglite.co Videos, Reviews, How To Pack Light Thu, 15 Mar 2018 02:16:20 +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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Western Rise AT Slim Rivet Review http://packinglite.co/western-rise-slim-rivet-review/ http://packinglite.co/western-rise-slim-rivet-review/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:36:36 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1805 These AT Slim Rivet Pants in the Shadow are from a brand called Western Rise. These are quite similar in style and function to Outliers Slim Dungarees and what I would call a solid replacement to your jeans. They’re made from a rather hefty 280gsm blend of 97% nylon and 3% spandex. Which to some […]

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These AT Slim Rivet Pants in the Shadow are from a brand called Western Rise. These are quite similar in style and function to Outliers Slim Dungarees and what I would call a solid replacement to your jeans. They’re made from a rather hefty 280gsm blend of 97% nylon and 3% spandex. Which to some may feel a bit too warm to wear in the summer especially if you feel that 200gsm merino wool is too hot in the summer.

In terms of sizing they are a very nice fit and in a size 30 fit me well without needing a belt. Whereas the Slim Dungarees in a size 30 feel a little roomier (especially after they’ve stretched out) and I need a belt for. These AT Slim Rivet pants don’t seem to stretch out after a bit or wear though. Which is a good thing because I don’t like having to wear a belt with pants if I can help it. Another good thing is that the inseam is proportional to the size. The 30 waist comes with a 32” inseam and the 32 waist comes with a 33” inseam and so on.

In terms of functionality they’ve got quite a few neat features. They’ve got a water resistant coating that repels water very well as you can see here. Although, as usual with water resistant coatings it wears off rapidly on the upper thighs. And after only a few weeks use any water that spills on your thighs will just soak in. Which is a shame because that’s the main area that needs the water resistance. This of course can be remedied by rewashing in some water repellant coatings like nikwax. On the plus side it does dry very quickly within about 30 minutes.

Another neat feature is that, rather than a coin pocket, these pants have a phone pocket. The coin pocket is much larger and deeper than your usual jeans coin pocket allowing space to store a phone. I mainly used it to store my sunglasses. It is a bit impractical to use for coins because its hard to reach your fingers down to the bottom to retrieve them. Speaking of interesting pockets, the back right side pocket has a hidden zippered pocket inside to help keep your wallet more secure.

Finally in terms of pricing the pants come in at $129 which is a fantastic price especially when you compare it to Outliers Slim Dungarees that are almost $200. These are currently my go to pants that I wear when I’m travelling and just out and about. My only suggestions for improvement would be to offer more colours and make the ‘front rise’ of the pants a bit higher.

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October Update 2017 – Best lightweight Backpack? http://packinglite.co/october-update-2017-best-lightweight-backpack/ http://packinglite.co/october-update-2017-best-lightweight-backpack/#respond Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:18:35 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1797 So as you may be aware, I recently launched a backpack that I designed on kickstarter. There’s only 2 weeks left to help me get this project off the ground. So I thought I’d show you a few of its features. First of all it weighs a total of 580 grams (20 ounces) while empty! […]

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So as you may be aware, I recently launched a backpack that I designed on kickstarter. There’s only 2 weeks left to help me get this project off the ground. So I thought I’d show you a few of its features. First of all it weighs a total of 580 grams (20 ounces) while empty! It has a soft felt lined sunglasses pocket at the front. Totally water resistant design with YKK water resistant zippers. Full panel opening. Several interior pockets. A rear laptop compartment that fits up to a 17 inch laptop. Full passport organizational pockets. Tuck away straps. Finally a removable sternum strap.

Please check out the kickstarter link and share it with anyone who you know who may be interested. I also have some more reviews on the way. I’ll be reviewing Western Rise’s Slim Rivet Pants which are similar to Outliers slim dungarees. And I also have some more merino wool reviews on the way. 

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Packing Lite designed Backpack! http://packinglite.co/packing-lite-designed-backpack/ http://packinglite.co/packing-lite-designed-backpack/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:27:57 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1787 Its here! The V1 Pack by KeepFold designed by Packing Lite. You can view and support it on KickStarter here. The bag weighs a total of 580grams (1.2lbs) while empty and has a removable sternum strap included. Its made from a durable water resistant 1000D Cordura fabric and has YKK water resistant zippers all around. […]

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Its here! The V1 Pack by KeepFold designed by Packing Lite. You can view and support it on KickStarter here. The bag weighs a total of 580grams (1.2lbs) while empty and has a removable sternum strap included. Its made from a durable water resistant 1000D Cordura fabric and has YKK water resistant zippers all around. Optional extra packing cube set which weighs a total of 100grams.

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[October 2017] 6kg (13lbs) Pack List http://packinglite.co/october-2017-6kg-13lbs-pack-list/ http://packinglite.co/october-2017-6kg-13lbs-pack-list/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:31:04 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1774 I spend the past month in Bangkok, Thailand with this packing list. Mostly tailored towards a digital nomad pack, with the camera, laptop and external hard drive. This is also the unveiling of my newly designed V1 Pack backpack under a brand which I’m calling KeepFold. You can help launch it with me on the […]

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I spend the past month in Bangkok, Thailand with this packing list. Mostly tailored towards a digital nomad pack, with the camera, laptop and external hard drive. This is also the unveiling of my newly designed V1 Pack backpack under a brand which I’m calling KeepFold. You can help launch it with me on the following kickstarter here.

Bag: KeepFold V1 Pack (580grams – 1.2lbs)

ToiletriesPriceElectronics/MiscellaneousPriceClothesPrice
Tweezers$15Surface Pro 3$569Nike Free 4.0$50
Nail Clippers$11Collapsible Water Bottle$10Outlier Merino co/pivot$175
Deodorant$10.502x usb to micro cables
$7.40Outlier Slim Dungarees$198
Plastic Safety Razor$12.95Noise Cancelling Earphones$44Outlier New Way Shorts$120
Tooth Powder$7.58Packing Cube$10.95Wilderness Wear Merino T-shirt$99
Tooth Brush$8.55Universal Travel Adapter$362x Darn Tough Wool Socks$13
Muhle Shave brush$72Saddleback wallet$693x Uniqlo Airism Boxer Briefs$9.90
Speick Shave stick$7Slimmy wallet$45Merino Wool Buff$22
Pocket Towel$24Small Padlock$17
Soap/Shampoo$12.958L Dry Bag$24
Styptic Pencil$4.50Day Bag$32
Panasonic GX85 Camera$700
Panasonic 20mm Lens$270
Tenba Tool Box 4 (travel case)$27
Xiaomi Battery Bank$21
Toshiba 2TB Harddrive$69

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Tronnovate Stiky Towel Hands On http://packinglite.co/tronnovate-stiky-towel-hands/ http://packinglite.co/tronnovate-stiky-towel-hands/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:52:24 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1760 Today we’re doing a hands on first look at an interesting new product from a brand called Tronnovate. Its a microfiber towel called “Stiky” that is currently available on kickstarter. What makes it so interesting is that it has a one way liquid absorption and a velro-like self adhesive property. Although it isn’t hard and […]

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Today we’re doing a hands on first look at an interesting new product from a brand called Tronnovate. Its a microfiber towel called “Stiky” that is currently available on kickstarter. What makes it so interesting is that it has a one way liquid absorption and a velro-like self adhesive property. Although it isn’t hard and scratchy like velcro, it’s more like a firm carpet texture. It somewhat reminds me of a shammy that you would use to wash a car with.

It comes in 3 sizes a wristband size, a medium small towel size (That I have) and a full towel size. Unfortunately due to its texture and thickness it doesn’t fold up quite as small as other microfibre towels but it does have a loop on the end which you can hand it on the outside of a bag when rolled up. The adhesiveness of the towel is not as strong as velcro but it is strong enough to hold together when a large enough surface area is pressed together.

One of the other features of this towel is that is acts as a kind of one way thermal insulator. That is to say it keeps you warm while it’s wrapped around you. Making it quite a good makeshift blanket, jacket or scarf. One of my favourite uses for this though is as a ground mat for sitting on. You can place it black side up on wet grass and not worry about getting wet because the moisture only travels down through the black side not up through it.

Overall I really like this towel and its multi purpose uses make it a great travel product especially for day trips. If you’d like to support this kickstarter project you can do so here.

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