One of my rituals in visiting the island of Oahu is to make a trip out to the North Shore beach town of Hale’iwa. For a long time this was the home of the only Patagonia store on any of the Hawaiin Islands. If you buy Patagonia stuff, it’s worth the visit. Also if you have never visited the North Shore, well, you should. It’s a charming part of the island and home of a number of amazing surf beaches, green sea turtles and monk seals (endangered).
Here is a monk seal that stayed at our resort for 2 days:
There are some unique products that the Patagonia Hale’iwa store carries, such as Surf boards, fly fishing rods, Pataloha shirts (all out of stock when I visited). On this trip I discovered an incredible beach bag, the Lightweight Travel Tote. It’s the perfect travel bag, beach bag, airplane bag or just grocery bag. My wife liked it so much we ended up getting her one as well.
This bag has so many nice features
- It is a backpack
- It is a tote
- It has an inside pocket for keys
- It has an outside pocket for your phone and other small items
- It has two water bottle holders
- It has two straps to stabilize the backpack
- It’s nicely padded
and best of all…. It zips up into a tiny little pouch for packing:
There are really few products that are this versatile and useful. I highly recommend you get one for your next vacation.
You can pick this gem up from Patagonia for $79 in 4 colors.
★★★★★ Exceptional. A spectacular product.