Thursday, June 28, 2012

Must Have Summer Accessories for Men (Review)

When the warm weather sets in here in New England, my husband spends an afternoon preparing his mountain bike for late afternoon and weekend rides.  And, now that we have two young daughters, he has added a bike carrier to the back.  Yes, some men may not find it attractive to be sporting around the mini-van version of a mountain (or so my husband calls it), but he loves to bike my girls around.  And, now that Arabella is more mobile and aware of her surroundings, she loves to ride along with Savannah as they check out the sites and sounds of the neighborhood.

On those off days when my husband just wants to take a long bike ride and clear his head, he usually takes in some local biking/hiking trails, and can spend the entire day out in nature.  When he does, he usually fills a backpack with a good book, camera, snacks and water (and cell phone), and wears long cargo pants, to prevent ticks and other insects from latching on while riding through the brush.  So, for Father's Day this past year, I surprised him with a cool pair of dry hydrogen cargo pants from Molecule.Asia and a new hip Freemont style canvas backpack, available from  He loved both, as he had never seen them in stores.  Also, the cargo pants had enough pockets to store his keys, iPod, phone and more.


More about the Freemont Backpack:

Freemont Bag

A tough, yet tender, durable yet smart member of the Ark Heritage Collection, the Freemont Backpack. Built tough enough for the country but also built to hold its own on those urban hipster mean streets. We designed the Freemont to survive a fall from a fixed wheel bicycle just in case you haven't quite mastered how to properly preform a brake skid. You may tear a hole in the knee of for ridiculously tight skinny pants, but your Freemont pack should come out no worse for wear! 

Inspired by the old school back packs of yesteryear, but updated with funky canvas colour combinations, combined with recycled genuine leather bottom liner (cut straight from the back of a 70's pimp jacket of the finest Corinthian leather!).

This little number is small enough to be comfortable, yet big enough to hold any size of your favourite brand of laptop (the one that rhymes with "crack"), or your fixed wheels ultra expensive seat that needs removing while parked outside the coffee shop you like to chill in. 

The Freemont comes to you in ruggedly worn looking, 100% thick weave canvas and features a small back zipper pocket with a head phone wire grommet hole for your favourite music playing device and for handy wallet access. Durable antique brass fittings, and genuine recycled leather straps, coat hook and bottom liner round off the pre-worn look. We also provide a great little front exterior pocket for holding your favourite paper back novels, which holds the proper trade paper back size and not the lame pocket book size books! Oh yes you may also enjoy employing this bag too though if you are a regular Dick or Jane, such as us, because it is just damn stylish, damn cool and at least one quarter enviromentally friendly - the leather quarter. The Freemont comes in the following two inspired colour combinations: Distressed Army Green, with Desert Khaki and Bleached Navy front pocket, and the flip combo.

It's canvas, it's leather (recycled leather to you darlin'), it has an antique brass eyelet to keep your modern headphones connected.
  • Antique brass fittings
  • Grommet headphone cord access
  • Exterior small zip pocket for phone or wallet
  • Padded straps for comfort
  • Recycled leather straps and bottom liner
Bored of plastic bags and artificial fibres? This is for you, broder(ess).

More About the Sunset Dry Hydrogen Cargo Pants from Molecule.Asia:

Dry Hydrogen Cargo Pants
Whether you're on a trip to Latin America’s untamed jungles or backpacking in Asia, these comfy Dry Hydrogen Cargo Pants should be in your top list of Essentials to Pack. With dual front, side-cargo and back pockets, they will help keep your valuables safe while traveling, as well as keeping the style police at bay. These are one of our most popular cargo pants, perhaps due to all the various features that combine to make one kick-ass pair of pants – strong cotton canvas construction, pop-pockets where it matters (keep your valuables safer), extra-reinforcing on the cargo-pops (they won't rip out under pressure), and 2 Molecule logo patches, one on the right cargo pocket flap, one on a tab that pokes out of the waistband.
  • The most popular model of Molecule cargo pants
  • Functional, Multiple, Big Pockets
  • Machine Washable, Tumble dry Friendly
  • Double stiched seams for strength
  • Reinforced Pop-close large cargo pockets - quick and secure
  • Classic Molecule Logo
  • Strong plastic zippered Cargo Slash Pocket for Ultimate Security
  • Internal Waist Cords to Customise Fit
  • Locker Loops
  • Leg-bottom tie : pop-button style
  • Metal logo stud-button
  • Pop-close front pocket flap for security
  • Strong plastic zip fly
  • Tab Molecule Logo on Beltline
The zips are the solid, long-lasting plastic variety, the internal waist strings will custom-fit these to your fine self, and the leg-bottom pops will help 'tuck in' the pants when it gets cold, hold em up when it gets wet, and just generally help in the all-out coolness of the Dry Hydrogen Cargo Pants.

Even though we just started summer, stores have already begun promoting their back to school and even Christmas sales. These items and other available from these two online retailers would make for a great gift for that special guy in your life. My husband has been using the backpack during the week for work and has received so many compliments from both men and women on the unique style and fabric of the bag. They, too, haven't seen a bag like this in stores, and would love to own one for themselves or their children. 

After seeing how much my husband loves his cargo pants from Molecule.Asia, I am making my next to-do after sharing this review post, to head on over and order a pair of their shorts for myself, to enjoy this summer.  They look so comfortable and stylish -- not something you would usually catch me saying about cargo pants.  But, these are truly worth checking out.


Click here to begin browsing the online store at Molecule.Asia. They offer pants for both men and women, as well a unique assortment of pants, shorts, skirts, shirt and belts.

Click here to check out the fun retro bags from  In addition, they also offer, vintage jackets, jewelry and sunglasses.

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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