Best Hiking Shoes For Travel


Harmony Lace by Hi-Tec

Going hiking but dreading taking your heavy hiking boots with you?  At Best Rated Reviews, we always aim to pack light.  We recently discovered a truly amazing pair of hiking shoes that we recommend as the “best of the best” for lightweight travel.

Harmony Lace by Hi-Tec is a pair of hiking shoes designed to function as a lightweight hiking boots without the bulk.  We tried them and found them to be some of the best hiking shoes we have ever tried.

Here’s why:

They are very comfortable for hiking shoes.  They are designed with just enough stiffness to give you the support you need while hiking.  Yet they are made of a comfortable, lightweight material.  Mesh allows your feet to breathe so they do not get as hot as they do in most hiking boots.

We also liked the design of the Harmony Lace.  They are stylish and their smoky brown/aloe color combination lends to professionalism.

These shoes also contain a moisture wicking lining and anti-odor, anti-microbial Ortholite sockliner.    Their durable Vibram rubber outsole gives added protection to your feet.

Harmony Lace Women’s Shoes Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

Also, if you are looking for a well-built, affordable pair of sandals to complement your active travel wardrobe, we recommend Hi-Tec’s Waimea Falls.

These sandals are made with a durable rubber outsole and a sculpted footbed to provide sure-footing.  These are some of the most affordable sandals we have seen for the quality at $40 a pair.

Waimea Falls Women’s Sandals Rating: 3 Stars!  Good!

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Echo Designs Spring 2012 Collection

In response to one of the most popular questions we receive, “How do I add zest to my travel wardrobe?”, here’s our answer:

You can add Spring flare to your travel, business travel, and leisure wardrobe with great scarves.  A great scarf will last for years to come, does not wrinkle easily, and is comfortable, stylish, and packs well.

One of the most innovative yet classic brands we have found.  Here are a few recommendations.  When we tested them, we found them especially suitable in the area of durability, comfort, style, and packing well.

Echo Designs Spring 2012 Collection recommendations:

Top Picks:

Vintage Baroque Scarf

Vintage Baroque Status Scarf

This scarf is truly gorgeous.  It instantly transforms a plain travel garment into formal elegance.  The baroque print is quite unique, classic, and museum-quality.

Vintage Paisley Neckerchief

This neckerchief is bright for Spring  and yet a fancier paisley than most.  The paisley is ornate.  The scarf is made of silk.  It takes paisley to a whole new level.

Spring Paisley Scarf

Spring Paisley Scarf

This scarf is also a work of art.  The paisley design does not overpower one’s natural features, but rather complements.  The green, yellow,and aqua color scheme reminded us of the soft green of Spring, that moment when the new leaves bud on the trees just after Winter has passed and everything glows green.

We also recommend:

Floral Bamboo Wrap

 Floral Bamboo Wrap

This bold and cheery wrap boasts an array of bright-colored flowers.  It is crafted from eco-friendly bamboo and surprisingly soft.  This scarf is a sure head-turner.  It makes an eye-catching hair-fashion accent, too.

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Rating: 5 stars!  Best!




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Vera Bradley Spring 2012

This Spring, Vera Bradley boasts a vibrant collection for Spring 2012.

We reviewed Vera Bradley’s new Laptop Travel Tote.  This tote offers colorfully padded protection for your laptop while in transit.  It contains a checkpoint-friendly design.  It is one of the easiest checkpoint-friendly bags we have seen because it contains zippers on both sides.

The Laptop Travel Tote comes in four colors: Island Blooms, Rosey Posies, Ellie Blue,and Camellia.  We reviewed the Laptop Travel Tote in Island Blooms.  The vibrant Island Blooms pattern made us wish we were headed to the Islands instead of the office!

This tote is a comfortable shoulder length.  It keeps your laptop close at hand and snug.  The Laptop Travel Tote contains two sections, a padded laptop sleeve and a zip-top section.  It certainly makes a vibrant alternative to usual, solid-colored laptop totes.

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Rating: 3 Stars!  Good.

Vera Bradley’s Spring 2012 collection makes us feel as if we are in bloom!

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Vera Bradley

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If you are a woman on the go, one of the best ways to make your heart smile while traveling is to carry bags with pizazz.  We have a recommendation for you!

Vera Bradley makes quality handbags, totes, attaches, and other fashion accessories which will give you a spring in your step because they cause you to  feel more beautiful, more vivacious, and more stylish!

Here are a few of our recommendations from Vera Bradley:

Go Round Tote in Rhythm & Blues

The Go Round Tote in Rhythm and Blues makes a great carry-all bag.  It’s versatile enough that you can use it for a small overnight bag, a business tote, or shopping and errands.

The Go Round Tote in Rhythm and Blues is colorful and snappy.  It contains several interior pockets to keep your things well-organized.  During testing, we also liked that it is comfortable to carry.

Attache in Suzani

The Vera Bradley Attache in Suzani transforms an attache into a bright yet sophisticated medley of ornamental wonder on a classy design. The colors in Suzani go well with black or tan attire.

We highly recommend them.  Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Best Scarves: Echo Design

Paisley Oblong Scarf

Nothing adds magic to an outfit like the perfect scarf.  If you are looking to find a scarf that adds magic to your wardrobe, we have a recommendation for you.

Echo Design makes a collection of scarves for any climate and any occasion.  We sampled a few.  Here are our recommendations:

Paisley Oblong Scarf —  This beautiful scarf adds classic elegance with a touch of pizazz to any wardrobe.  It is made of silk.  Best of all, Echo Designs provides a link on how to tie scarves here.

Peacock Feather Scarf — This silk twill scarf adds a touch of royal beauty.  Its colors are great for Fall or Winter.

Multi Marled Muffler — Brightly colored and warm, this muffler brings cheer to drab Winter days.  This scarf combines acrylic and wool to bring warmth without the itch.

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Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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Best Holiday Scarf: National Geographic

Jamavar Wool Scarf

If you are looking for the perfect scarf for the holidays, we have a recommendation for you.  The Jamavar Wool Scarf by National Geographic is truly a wear-anywhere scarf.

The Jamvar Wool Scarf is light-weight, warm, and versatile.  Whether you are dressing for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Years, this scarf’s coloring and design goes with all occasions.

The Jamavar scarf was once the mark of royalty and nobility in South Asia.  It will be a true asset to your apparel for years to come.  National Geographic carries useful yet unique products in its online store.  You can find this great scarf and more at

Rating: 4 Stars!  Very Good!

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