Packing Lite http://packinglite.co Videos, Reviews, How To Pack Light Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:56:49 +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 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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Olivers All Over Shorts Review http://packinglite.co/olivers-all-over-shorts-review/ http://packinglite.co/olivers-all-over-shorts-review/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:12:03 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1748 Size: S Colour: Graphite (Dark Navy) The All over shorts by olivers apparel are advertised as a 21st century gym short. They’re made in California with a 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex 4 way stretch water resistant techwear material. In my testing they are certainly live up to this claim. The water beads right off the […]

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Size: S
Colour: Graphite (Dark Navy)

The All over shorts by olivers apparel are advertised as a 21st century gym short. They’re made in California with a 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex 4 way stretch water resistant techwear material. In my testing they are certainly live up to this claim. The water beads right off the fabric as you can see here and it is very stretchy so no matter how large your thighs are they’ll be comfortable.

Speaking of sizing, I got the size Small. I personally feel that it’s still a bit big for me around the thighs especially you can see a fair amount of loose material. If there were a size XS then I think it would the be perfect fit for smaller guys such as myself.

The pockets are made from a material that is breathable so even if you go swimming or get water in the pockets it will drain out. I haven’t had a chance to test it in the water swimming yet but they do dry exceptionally fast thanks to the techwear fabric. The right pocket has a coin or key pocket which you can keep small items from hitting other items. I think a small zippered pocket somewhere would have been nice too especially if you’re using them for jogging.

One of the only problems I experienced with these shorts was that they’d build up a fair amount of static charge. Especially when taking them off and putting them on. But overall they’re very comfortable and well made.

Finally the price is pretty good at $68 USD it’s quite a bit cheaper than some of other brands alternatives and especially considering that it’s made in the USA. Overall if you’re looking for a pair of shorts that can do more than just gym work then I’d definitely suggest checking out the all over shorts.

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July Update 2017 http://packinglite.co/july-update-2017/ http://packinglite.co/july-update-2017/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:29:14 +0000 http://packinglite.co/?p=1743 Hello light travellers. So I have been busy the past few weeks designing and prototyping a totally custom and original backpack designed to be minimal and lightweight. I have a prototype of the bag from China as you can see above. Its a minimal design in order to keep it as lightweight as possible. The […]

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Hello light travellers. So I have been busy the past few weeks designing and prototyping a totally custom and original backpack designed to be minimal and lightweight. I have a prototype of the bag from China as you can see above. Its a minimal design in order to keep it as lightweight as possible. The bag is around 18 to 20 litres in capacity. It weighs just under 500 grams (17 ounces) and is made from a 1000D Cordura fabric. There are two handles on the side for briefcase style carry through the airport. The two backpack straps tuck behind elastic straps to hold them out of the way whilst in briefcase mode. The zippers are all YKK water resistant to keep rain out. The bag has a dedicated outer laptop pocket on the outside. On the inside are two mesh pockets and one document sleeve.

I’m aiming for an US$80 price point but please let me know in the comments your thoughts. I am fairly happy with the design and am interested to know your thoughts. Do you like it? Would you buy it? Please go to keepfold.com (which redirects to packinglite.co/bag for the moment) to register your interest. I am planning on funding the initial production through kickstarter but am open to suggestions such as preorders. If initial funding and sales are good I have ideas to release a set of packing cubes and a larger version of the bag.

 

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