Kevin on March 25th, 2013

A few years ago I coerced Mrs. Hacks into posting about her approach for packing for an international trip.   Pat’s approach was to bring basics that could easily be mixed and matched, as well as accessorized.  This is the essence of the capsule wardrobe; here’s a brief summary from Wikipedia (click on the preceding link […]

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Kevin on October 15th, 2012

I love my two year old Merrell Milano shoes – they’re versatile enough to be suitable for business casual, traveling in Europe, and just knockin’ around in a pair of jeans.  A few weeks ago, I noticed that their laces were quickly fraying and wearing out.  When I checked the Merrell website, however, I couldn’t […]

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Kevin on December 14th, 2011

Winter has returned to The Middle of Nowhere with a vengeance, and I find myself leaving home virtually every day wearing a fleece top, sweater, or sweatshirt. A couple of Orvis Pima Cotton Sweatshirts are seeing heavy rotation in my wardrobe as a result. Good looking, comfortable, and surprisingly warm, these shirts are warm and […]

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Kevin on September 28th, 2011

The Highs: Really grips your foot; provides extra cushioning where needed; no more confusing your left from your right sock ;-)  The Lows: Price unfazed by The Great Recession, potential Greece default, or anything else  The Verdict: The best golf socks I’ve ever worn You may have never seen them before, but FootJoy launched its […]

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Kevin on September 22nd, 2011

Another “Friends & Family” promo – 25% Off (including luggage), free shipment on orders of $50 and higher: Lands’ End 25% Off  Ends Tuesday, September 27th; online only. Note: I have no connection to Lands’ End

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The Highs: Great moisture-wicking & warmth; dries quickly The Lows: Polymer-esque; not inexpensive The Verdict: Very good base layer for a variety of activities Imagine for a moment those poor souls who hiked, skied, or climbed mountains 40  or 50 years ago. Their “base layers” were made of cotton or wool. Cotton absorbed moisture and […]

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I frequently look to backpacking and adventure gear providers for gear that can be repurposed as travel gear, and to my eye and in my experience, the Mountain Hardwear Offwidth is a fantastic cool/wet weather jacket that’s equally suited to chilly aircraft, sea excursions, or cool evenings spent sightseeing, as it is to hiking or […]

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