Andy's Travel Gear Product Reviews Series

I spend a lot of time on the road. And for each product I decide to lug around the globe, I need to make sure it's worth the weight and the space it'll occupy in my bag. As we grow the online store at, I want to fill it only with the best and most useful products you can find for your next adventure. I figure I spend more time with this travel gear than most of their designers, so why not start some product reviews!

For the first round of travel gear reviews, we partnered up with some great brands timed with the launch of my second edition of Andy Steves' Europe: City-Hopping on a Budget. Here are the products I received to evaluate and review.

Bose Micro Bluetooth Speaker - Mini bluetooth speaker great for traveling, $99

Bose SoundSport Free Bluetooth Headphones - In-ear bluetooth headphones with excellent sound, $199

Bose Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker - Bluetooth speaker that easily fills up a house, $299

Bose QuietComfort 35ii Bluetooth Headphones - Noise-cancelling bluetooth headsets, $349

Wrightsock Running II Double-Layered Quarter Socks - Blister-proof running socks, $14

Wrightsock Merino Coolmesh II 'Quarter' Socks - Great lightweight wool socks to stay warm in the shoulder season, $15

Belkin Pocket Power 10k external battery - Recharge up to two smartphones simultaneously on the go, $40

Belkin Duratek Lightning Charge Cable, $30

Belkin 3.5mm Audio & Charge Rockstar - Charge, listen and talk at the same time, imagine that! $30

Defeet Wool Socks and Gloves - Keep those toes toasty even in the tough months, $15

New Balance 1400 men's running shoes - Lightweight and fast, $95

Xenvo Super Wide-Angle Lens - Clip this on and take great shots while traveling and with friends, $29

Xenvo Squidgrip Tripod - Post up with this tripod, useful in any situation, $30

Xenvo Shutterbug Bluetooth Remote - Snap a selfie from any angle, $13


And more coming soon! Click the links for completed entries-


I'll be reviewing the highlights and drawbacks with each product and hopefully share some packing insights along the way. Generally, I won't even be sharing about products I don't like, since we've only got room for the best in our travel bags!