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Snikwah Hydro Essential Review

By: Brock Butterfield

We had the opportunity to try out the Hydro Essential from Snikwah while on the Colorado River just outside Moab, UT. It only seemed appropriate that we give the Snikwah Hydro Essential a review. This shirt is designed as a rashguard with a soft and comfortable fabric that conforms to your body without making you feel like you're being squeezed to death by a python.

Being a ginger with skin that sizzles like bacon in the sun it's important to battle the harsh UV rays on a daily basis. Add water to the equation and I really have to make sure I'm applying that sun block every 45 minutes otherwise I look like the Kool-aid man without the smile. The great thing about the Hydro Essential is the fabric that is UPF 50+ which makes the ladies (or my dude friends) happy because they don't have to slather sun block on my back. I also don't feel super greasy all day and my skin can actually breathe.

Two nice features of this shirt are the thumb holes for covering up my hands and the added fabric around the neck that can be pulled up for a facemask if the sun is really beating down and I forgot my hat. My first concern was that it would be too hot wearing any type of shirt in 100+ weather but surprisingly it lets air flow through and if you take a dip in the water it holds the perfect amount of moisture to keep you cool.



  • Great rashguard material for surfing.
  • UPF 50+ to keep the skin cancer at bay.
  • Extra fabric around the neck for sun protection and facemask.
  • Thumbholes for protecting your hands.


  • The tag on the inside bottom of the shirt can be a little bothersome if you tuck the shirt into your shorts like a true kook.
  • Sizes run a little big or take into the fact that I'm a scrappy guy.
  • Extra fabric around neck can be a little irritating if you're running on day three of no shaving.


If you're in the water a lot and want to battle the sun without gallons of SPF and want a great rashguard pick you up one of these great shirts. The Snikwah Hydro Essential is the best water shirt for surfing, SUP, river trips and lounging on the beach. You can learn more about Snikwah and their drive to make the best product here.


School Bus Conversion

Valerie Bus

National Parks pin and patch freelance artist converts a short school bus into a boho chic skoolie.

You may remember Heidi Miller from the Life In The Bus Lane documentary and her short appearance of when she was in the beginning stages of her short bus conversion. Now with the bus conversion nearly complete Heidi has already shown her bus at the Tiny House Living Festival stop in Portland summer 2017.

Professional photographer Heather Jackson was shooting Heidi's engagement photos and decided to take some of her skoolie as well. Enjoy the photos and be on the lookout for this school bus conversion to possibly show up on AirBnB just outside Eugene, OR.

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Valerie Bus


Heidi Miller enjoys tea inside her hippy chic short school bus conversion.

School Bus Conversion

Kyle Volkman

Roof raise and all, this 1986 school bus conversion only ended up costing $10-$15k

Kyle Volkman demonstrates that you only need a few skills to get started on a school bus conversion. Everything else will come later as you make mistakes and learn from them. Check out all of Kyle's unique ways of utilizing space in his bus conversion.

This vegetable powered school bus conversion is home for Kyle and his business. Professionally converting school buses, vans and even an ambulance, Kyle travels to the clients location with all the tools he needs to complete a conversion on the road.

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Kyle Volkman


Kyle Volkman spent many hours on the fine details and finish work inside his school bus conversion.

School Bus Conversion

Wild And Free Lawsons

Wild and Free: Nine Family Members. One School Bus. Unlimited Possibilities.

"We would definitely recommend this lifestyle to any family because of the freedom. Living a more simple life allows for the things that really do matter to take preference. Cultivating the things that matter most."

This family of nine lives full time on the road while shooting wedding photography and homeschooling the kids. Trading the mortgage for gas money this large family has become rich in experiences.

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The Lawson's beg to differ when it comes to the myth that you can't raise a family in a school bus conversion.

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