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Review: Survivors Multi Tool

Review: Survival Creek Multi-Tool

 

When traveling there are always tools that can help save you or just make your life a little easier. Jeff and I always try to pack light, so finding a tool that is compact and anything multipurpose is always a plus. We recently tried out the Survival Creek Multi-Tool and thought we’d share what it was like.

Review: Survivors Multi ToolThe Survival Creek Multi-Tool has a needle nose pliers, a file, a large and small flathead screwdriver, an awl, a Phillips head screwdriver, a knife, a saw and even a can and bottle opener.

It was great for us when we needed to do anything from adjusting camping supplies to cutting off the pesky luggage tags you get after a flight, a personal pet peeve of mine.

The size of the tool is great and is small enough to carry with you. It is not too heavy weighing in at only 8.8oz, which is always important when traveling light, and is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. It even has a perfect little case that can clip onto a belt or a backpack to keep it right where you need it.

Review: Survivors Multi ToolThe needle nose pliers work great for me if any of my jewelry breaks, especially while traveling. It is easy to fix and since I don’t travel with much jewelry, it is perfect to be able to fix what you have! Jeff really enjoyed it to be able to fix our camera gear if anything broke. On the beach in California, my tripod came loose and I was able to pull out the Survival Creek Multi-Tool and tighten it right up!

 

 

The Survival Creek Multi-Tool has the following features:

 

–       Aluminum Anodized Handle

–       Tools are in black oxide

–       Nylon pouch with belt loop included

–       Push button locking/release mechanism

–       Weight: 8.8oz

–       Length (closed) 10.6cm

 

I am happy that I added the Survival Creek Multi-Tool to my backpack of travel essentials. It is the perfect fit and is really handy to have when you need it. Now, I can’t imagine traveling without it!

 

 

Bio Photo Marina 150x150 Is Flying Safe? A Look Into Safety and the Recent Plane CrashesMarina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Review: Mosquitno Band

Review: Mosquitno Band

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Marina and I have tried everything when it comes to mosquito repellant while traveling. From sprays, candles, long sleeves and coils, we’ve tried it all. While some of these work to a certain degree there is nothing worse than getting ready to go out for the night, clean and ready to go and having to then spray sticky and smelly mosquito spray all over you skin and clean clothes. Alternatively, candles and coils smell pretty strong and don’t really work too well most times.

We were very excited to try out the Mosquitno Band, which claims to revolutionize the mosquito repellant game. Small, stylish bracelets and stickers are the newest way to fight away pesky mosquitos and they actually work quite well. The 100% natural, citronella infused stickers and bands make it as easy as possible to fight off insects while not even noticing you are wearing it.

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Review: Mosquitno Band

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So bring on the concerts, picnics, camping trips and evening BBQ’s – and enjoy an evening with a mosquito bite. The bands last for an amazing 150 hours and the stickers up to 72 hours.

There is no denying how quickly a mosquito bite can ruin your night, but what is even worse is dealing with something like malaria or dengue fever. On my birthday last year I got Dengue fever in Thailand and while I always tried to wear long sleeves and keep myself covered in bug spray, having a Mosquitno band wouldn’t have hurt and could have saved me a lot of unneeded agony.

So while we will always face mosquitos and their annoying bites, at least we are now one step closer to avoiding the annoyance of bug bites while enjoying the great outdoors. So pack up the car, make a picnic, set up your tent and enjoy a bug free adventure all by just throwing on a bracelet or slapping a sticker on your shirt – doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Review: Mosquitno Band

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Additional photos provided from Flickr via Ramón Portellano

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Mosquitno Band for free from Mosquitno as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshot 150x150 Ribz Front Pack ReviewJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email athello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Ribz From Pack Review

Ribz Front Pack Review

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The main trouble with a backpack is that is it always just that, on your back! While it is one thing to be able and throw everything into your backpack and head off but anytime you have to grab something large or small from your bag, you’ve got to stop, take off the back, unzip, get your gear and throw it back on your back. As photographers, this simple action is one of the most annoying things about our bulky backpacks. We are always stopping to grab something or put something back and while we are traveling in a hurry it is extremely irritating. The Ribz Front Pack changes all of this.

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Ribz From Pack Review

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We also worry a lot about the security of all the gear we carry on our backs, out of the site of our eyes and especially in large crowds and for off countries, it is easy to get paranoid and be concerned that your zipper might be open, someone might be reaching in and your gear might go missing the next time you take your bag off. We’ve often tried to even walk with our backpacks on our fronts when we are traveling by foot, on the train or walking through large crowds, but the bulk, weight and size all make this somewhat difficult and simply not the best option.

Ribz From Pack ReviewThe Ribz front pack, while of course not as large as a traditional backpack gives us a brilliant option to our bulky camera bags. Often we head on for a day long shoot while traveling and take our entire bag with us, even though we do not need most of the gear for the day but simply because we have no other option. The Ribz front pack easily fits in a small case and takes up little room in any bag. It is big enough to fit a couple extra lenses, a flash, memory cards, wallet and keys, all the essentials you need when out and about and without having to throw it all in a bigger backpack, and it leaves it all as easily accessible right in front of our hands. Changing a lens is easy as ever and can be done without barely stopping. No more worrying about leaving the back open on your back or someone reaching in. And since it has enough room to hold your keys, wallet and cell phone too, no need to worry about people in your pockets either.

While it might not be the best backpack for the climb up Mount Everest, it is a wonderful alternative to the traditional backpack. And what makes it even better is that it can easily be worn in addition to any larger backpack and simply place the essentials right at your fingertips and easy for anyone to grab.

So would we recommend one to you? You can’t go wrong with the Ribz front pack and it is a wonderful addition or alternative to any bag and can even act a replacement for many people. Want to throw in a water bottle and a snack while you go for a run – its perfect for that too.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Ribz Front Pack for free as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Review of the GoScope Extreme

Review of the GoScope Extreme

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Just before we moved to Thailand, I gave Jeff a GoPro as an anniversary present. Since we were about to move abroad it seemed like the perfect gift for him. We are professional photographers and simply could not afford the underwater housing for our professional DSLR’s. He loved the GoPro and we have been able to capture wonderful footage in Thailand with it. Now that we have mastered using the GoPro we have been gobbling up accessories to play with and have been able to do so much more. We recently got the GoScope Extreme and couldn’t be happier with what it can do and how much it expands the range of what a GoPro is capable of.

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“Next, it only weighs 6 ounces so it keeps our backs happy and our backpacks light…”

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First of all, the GoScope Extreme is perfect for traveling which is essential to our way of life. We can pack it up and it even fits in our small end photo backpacks making it easy to travel with on the go. Next, it only weighs 6 ounces so it keeps our backs happy and our backpacks light. It also expands so while it packs up well it also extends to allow us to position the GoPro in places we simply couldn’t do on our own.

 

Review of the GoScope ExtremeWhen looking for any kind of travel accessories, we like to keep a few things in mind:

 

– Can we travel with it?

– Is it compact?

– How will this maximize our past and upcoming travels?

 

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While the GoScope Extreme passed the first two questions with flying colors, we couldn’t help but wonder about how this could have helped us in the past. While in Thailand we spend a lot of time shooting in the beautiful clean blue ocean. I was always worried about dropping the GoPro since it would set us back to replace. The GoScope Extreme can work in water, snow, or rain. It also floats. Perfect! Now I’m now worried when Jeff is off in the water snorkeling with the GoPro. We also got the GoScope Vest Clip so that we can even clip it onto a bracelet if we are snorkeling, or to a backpack to carry or to a life vest if we are just swimming.

 

During Thai New Years, called Songkran, we were riding around Phuket on our motorbike. New years in Thailand is a massive nation wide water fight. We were constantly drenched with buckets of water and wanted to capture how crazy and beautiful this Thai holiday is. We had our GoPro but having the GoScope Extreme would have made this so much easier and smoother for filming. I had to hold the GoPro with my hand in front of the bike the entire time. We are eager to get back to Thailand to be able to use our new GoScope Extreme and get better shots this year on the motorbike during Songkran.

 

Review of the GoScope ExtremeIn March, we will be going to Finland to go dog sledding and I couldn’t be more excited. The GoScope Extreme is going to be perfect for this! Now we can hold the GoPro out to shoot us while we’re on this amazing ride as well as get some great footage of the dogs running by holding the GoPro low to the ground. Another amazing feature are the dual mounts. This means that if you have two GoPro’s you can mount one facing forward and one facing backwards. Jeff and I are thinking of getting a second GoPro so that we can have shots facing us on the dog sleds and facing the dogs at the same time!

 

On top of everything the GoScope is affordable which is always a plus. At just $54.95 you can purchase a GoScope Extreme on their website. If you’re interested in more of the tech specs of this GoPro mount here is a list of its specs directly from the GoScope website:

 

– Super lightweight: 6 Ounces

– Fits in your backpack

– Comes ready to attach to your GoPro® Camera

– Telescoping from 17″ to 37″

– Mounts on Two Sides (Capable of Holding Two Cameras)

– Durable in Saltwater, Freshwater, and Snow

– Floats with One Camera Attached

– Indestructible: Made of Forged Aluminum and Poly-carbonate

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope Extreme for free from Go Scope as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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Marina Dominguez Latitude 34Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack

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Backpacks are probably the most common travel accessory and having a good one is essential. Over the years of traveling, I’ve had some really great backpacks and some really bad ones. For me, having a backpack that doesn’t look like a photo backpack is really important. I don’t want people to know I’m carrying really expensive photography gear.

Since the Granite Rocx Tahoe isn’t a photo backpack I was instantly attracted to it. It isn’t a flashy brand such as North Face or Columbia so it won’t catch the eye of potential robbers looking for expensive backpacks that could make you a target, however it does give you all the perks of the higher end brands and is just as versatile, but without the big price tag.

Review: Granite Rocx Tahoe BackpackThis backpack can also fit everything you need. I can fit my camera, camera accessories, and everything I need to go to the beach, go on a hike or just get around a new city. The attachable cooler is a great aspect of this backpack. I wish we had this while we were living in Phuket, Thailand. Since Thailand is really hot and humid this would have been perfect to throw a few Singha beers in and keep them nice and cool at the beach. The Tahoe also has straps on the back to attach larger items such as a beach chair or to strap on a tripod so you don’t have to carry it.

The only negative aspect of this backpack is that it doesn’t have a padded waist strap, which can really help when hauling heavy gear. I don’t particularly use waist straps, but if you are planning on doing some serious hiking with really heavy gear having one that is padded could make your travels a bit more comfortable. That being said, the fact that the Granite Rocx Tahoe has a waist strap in the first place is a huge plus and a downright necessity for the serious backpacker, no matter what you are hauling.

All in all the Granite Rocx Tahoe is a great backpack and at $65, a great deal as well. Most important in a good backpack is comfort, and with this backpack you really have everything you need at your fingertips. Cold drinks, beach chairs, a change of clothes, all easily on your back!
*Photo tip, to make this backpack safe for photography gear, you can buy a photo insert to add into the bottom to protect your gear. It slides right into the bottom and keeps your camera protected and snug!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received GoScope Extreme for free from Granite Roxc as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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Marina Dominguez Latitude 34Marina Dominguez is the co-founder of Latitude 34 Travel Blog as well as a photographer and documentary film maker.

As a maturing women, Marina has dedicated her life to travel and new experiences. After working a 9-5 cubical lifestyle, Marina sold everything she owned, left her job and begun a new life with her boyfriend and travel companion, Jeff Johns. Together they relocated to Phuket, Thailand and founded Latitude 34 in which they seek to share their alternative lifestyle with the world. 

Marina is a Visual Journalism graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography where she studied photography, videography and ultimately caught the travel bug. Through creating several international documentaries, Marina realized there was more to the world than work and wanted something more. 

Review: Dual Snowboards

I grew up snowboarding all the time but I always looked at the people skiing and couldn’t help but feel a bit jealous that they always looked to have a bit more flexibility and freedom on the skis than I did on my snowboard. Snowboarders and skiers never seem to get along, but the new Dual Snowboards might be able to finally bridge the gap and give snowboarders the freedom they have always wanted and give those on skis the chance to give snowboarding a try.

The Dual snowboard is a true hybrid of both worlds, giving each foot a “mini” snowboard, which allows the two feet to move completely separate from each other. While many might laugh at the site of these odd looking adaptations of the snowboard, they would surely also like to give them a try. Many young snowboarders are jumping on the trend and Dual has even gotten a few professionals to join the Dual team and ride their boards.

Review: Dual SnowboardsOne of the most annoying aspects of both snowboarding and skiing is that the gear is simply bulky. You can easily spot someone in an airport lugging around a huge snowboard case and it never looks like any fun. I was so surprised at how compact the Dual snowboards are (snowboard?). They easily fit in the bottom of my duffel bag and even easily slipped in the laptop section of my backpack. Now, you still have to carry around the boots, but the board is the most annoying part and now that problem is solved!

The price is also a huge plus, with a set of these fun toys only costing about $250, which is a bargain compared to some of the high end snowboard brands. While it might be hard to throw down another couple hundred bux for the Dual snowboards, you can use the same boots and bindings as your regular snowboard! You can ever bring both with you and swap halfway through the day if you’d like.

So, should you buy these? Will the trend catch on and last? We think it most definitely will. Kids are always buying the newest toys and many of them are simply junk, but the Dual snowboard is different. It is a logical progression in an industry which has not seen much in the last few years, I mean who really thought you could reinvent the snowboard? Well, we are here to tell you that Dual has, and they have made it a ton of fun!

 

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Dual Snowboard for free as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

 

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Review: The Hoboroll by Gobi

Review: The Hoboroll by Gobi

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Easily the most annoying thing about any bag is that there is no way for everything to be at the top right? Marina and I both pride ourselves in packing extremely light and during our current trip around the world, we still travel with all carry on only luggage. But this of course creates quite a little problem. With all the stuffing, rolling and cramming of our clothes, its like opening a Pandora’s box whenever we arrive in a new location with slim hope of ever zipping our bags up again. And we don’t even think about buying souvenirs, as we have no space to pack them! All of this changed when we tried out the Hoboroll by Gobi, at least for day and weekend trips.

Review: The Hoboroll by Gobi

By have a circular design with convenient compartments, you can easily fit everything you need for a long weekend into the Hoboroll and be on your way. Planning a fun day trip and want to bring a change of clothes? Check. Want to go for a hike that ends with a swim in a nice lake? Check. Plenty of room for a towel, bathing suit and plenty of extra clothes.

 

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” – Greg Child

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While we never thought we would find a better solution than simply throwing all of our junk on a backpack and getting on our way, we were pleased to come across the Hoboroll and even more excited to take it on hikes, day trips, overnight adventures and generally keep it around as a wonderful alternative to the traditional backpack. So, would recommend it to you – you bet. It really is more than just another piece of travel gear and come in quite handy when on the go for an afternoon or on the adventure of a lifetime. And for $27 you can’t get much better!

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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Hobo Roll for free from Gobi Gear as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

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