Top holiday gifts for diehard travelers, part 3

Top Holiday Gifts for Diehard Travelers: Part Four

Photo courtesy of Discovery Trekking

When it’s all about fashion with function, these six companies offer a bevy of products that make for great holiday gifts certain to put a smile on the face of your favorite diehard travelers. Check for availability and prices on each product’s website.

1) Clothing Arts

Patent pending security closures and two Napoleon Interior/Exterior accessible pockets make Clothing Arts’ Cubed Travel Jacket one of the top waterproof/breathable four-season jacket designed specifically with the traveler in mind.

With velcro wrist closures, this durable and versatile style with its eVent DVStorm membrane features a Quick-Attach hood system and an articulated cut for complete freedom of motion. The men’s Cubed Travel Jacket is available in black, mountain blue and slate.

Clothing Arts’ Purseless Travel Pants allow women to tour foreign countries, trek across town and take day trips without having to lug along a handbag. With six pickpocket proof pockets of all sizes, it’s easy and safe to transfer necessities for a day out.

Other design perks include the full and capri length option, adjustable waist and UPF 50+ quick dry fabric with Teflon Shield Plus coating for stain and water resistance. Women’s pants are available in khaki, grey and olive. A similar men’s version with 11 total multi-secure pockets (five triple-secure and six-double secure) are offered in khaki, green, grey, brown and black.

2) Discovery Trekking

Whether plans call for hiking in a warm climate or snowboarding where layers dominate attire, clothing next to the skin should keep you dry. Discovery Trekking’s shirts, nightwear and underwear are made of wicking fabrics that pull water or perspiration from skin and spread it across the fabric surface where it quickly evaporates.

Most of Discovery Trekking’s wicking fabrics contain safe and natural silver fibers that kill odor-causing bacteria by smothering the bacteria molecule. A patented bi-component knit construction uses different yarns on each side of the fabric – one that’s optimized to move moisture away from the skin and the other to dry quickly.

Products include men’s and women’s sort sleeved shirts, men’s long underwear tops and bottoms, and SmartKnitACTIVE seamless socks. The latter fits like a second layer of skin to reduce friction points that often cause blisters.

3) SilverSport

SilverSport offers an innovative water-saving solution through the use of its revolutionary SilverClean technology in fitness products and socks. The proprietary formula incorporates natural silver, which has a well-established association with eliminating odor-causing bacteria. SilverClean also provides antimicrobial protection for all SilverSport products, helping the products stay clean and odor-free between washes – a huge feature that’s especially handy when traveling.

SilverSport also offers odor-free SilverTowels ideal for camping and the gym.

4) Slipins

Designed in bright, bold colors and patterns for both water and land action, Slipins are described as “smooth active wear that fits like a second skin.” All featuring 60+UPF, quick-drying styles for women include SurfSkins, DiveSkins, Zippered Minis and GymSkins.

Both SurfSkins and DiveSkins are tight fitting body suits designed to allow easy entry and exit into a wetsuit whether the it’s wet or dry. It’s also ideal for snorkeling without a wetsuit or lounging on the deck of a dive boat. In warm water climates and conditions, the DiveSkin can be worn by itself with just the BCD, tanks and other gear. Men get into the act with rash guards and leggings.

A short, tight fitting upper body suit, the women’s Zippered Minis can be worn beneath a wetsuit or by itself. It’s similar to – yet sexier than – a high-rise spring suit with a front zipper that keeps women in charge of the “attraction factor.”

5) Kokatat

With sealed seams, adjustable splash cuffs and collar and adjustable bungee drawcord waist, Kokatat Gore-Tex paddling jackets for men and women help to keep avid paddlers dry and comfortable while kayaking, canoeing and rafting. This “Made in the USA” product maximizes freedom of movement thanks to an articulated design.

The convenient design allows for accessing the zippered left-sleeve pocket and store a key on the internal lanyard even when wearing a PFD. For those opposed to hauling too much luggage, Paclite technology makes these lightweight, waterproof jackets extremely easy to stash in travel bags.

6) Astral Designs

When it comes to footwear that takes travelers throughout the entire day, Astral has it covered. Available for men and women, the Loyak is a low volume, high performance shoe that provides the highest levels of durability, superlative grip and comfort when traveling, kayaking, SUPing and sightseeing.

The self-draining, Flex-Grip outsole promotes excellent balance and ground feel without leaving marks on floors and gear. Indestructible, hydrophobic canvas uppers are securely held to the foot via a stretch mesh tongue and flat laces that creates a reliable fit. Other Astral Aquatic Footwear lines for both men and women include the Ronny and Linda for couples into kayaking, and the Brewer and Brewess geared to those into boating, trail trekking and general traveling. Astral also features a line of PFD (lifejackets) for men, women, children and canines.