SCARPA Neutron

What: SCARPA Neutron Why I chose it: The Neutron allows for a comfortable ride on a variety of trails and Vibram’s sole provides a sticky grip on uneven terrain. This is a good entry-level option for trail runners tackling easy to moderate trails, but would be insufficient for those who prefer aggressive and rocky running and scrambling. With [...]

Thule Urban Glide Stroller

What: Thule Urban Glide Stroller Why I chose it: Helping parents continue (post-baby) in their active pursuits is really what this stroller was created for. The one-handed compact fold operation is a lifesaver when trying to juggle a 20-pound, wiggly baby in one hand while putting the stroller away with the other hand. The stroller is [...]

Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody

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What: Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody Why I chose it: When I got this jacket, I knew it would keep me warm (and it does—even in windy, blowing snow with double digit negative conditions), but I had no idea that it would get folks talking. People have to touch the fabric and comment on being able to [...]

CamelBak Sundowner LR 22

What: Camelbak Sundowner LR 22 Why I chose it: It’s a well-designed daypack with features you don’t often see in smaller packs. Like a larger backpack, it’s internal steel alloy frame and air-suspension back panel allow you to throw lots of gear and weight into it without compromising fit and comfort. The water weight is kept [...]

Vasque Monolith UltraDry

What: Vasque Monolith UltraDry Why I chose it: Lightweight, nearly no break-in time, and good-looking. They've been comfortable since the day I've put them on and haven't caused any blisters, not even on my first hike with them. They're a great option for day hikes since they're quite light and fairly flexible—great for those who usually hike [...]

Outdoor Research Centrifuge Hoody and Pants

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What: Outdoor Research Centrifuge Hoody and Pants Why I chose it: OR's Centrifuge hoody and pant are made for cold weather high-output mountain activities. They offer a great balance of breathability and warmth, which have been excellent in high alpine conditions throughout Colorado. A great option for trail running, touring, or snowshoeing, this is my go-to layer [...]

Cotopaxi Pacaya Jacket

What: Cotopaxi Pacaya Jacket Why I chose it: The Cotopaxi Pacaya Insulated Jacket has made itself a staple jacket in my lineup. I wear it to work (and often while at work since I’m always cold) and around town. But more importantly, it’s exactly what I need for shoulder season adventures. It layers nicely, packs down into [...]

Jetboil MiniMo Stove

What: Jetboil MiniMo Stove Why I chose it: The redesigned valve and regulator for advanced simmer control made our cooking experience super fast and easy, I had hot cider in less than two minutes! The metal handles make it easy to work with and even simpler to drink right from the cup. The lid comes with a [...]

Grand Trunk OneMade Hammock

What: Grand Trunk OneMade Hammock Why I chose it: Since testing the Grand Trunk double parachute hammock, I ditched my tent more times than not. This hang anywhere hammock folds into itself so you don't have to worry about losing gear. Made with 100% Parachute Nylon, the hammock only weighs 28oz so it's perfect for backpacking. While [...]

La Sportiva Mutant

What: La Sportiva Mutant Why I chose it: The Mutant is a stable and aggressive shoe. I tested these on dirt, scree, mud, big rock, loose rock, and ice, and never slid. The Mutant’s upper is more asymmetrical than the average trail runner and includes more contact points for lasting support and stability. Usually, I need to [...]

Arc’teryx Atom SL Hoody

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What: Arc'teryx Atom SL Hoody Why I chose it: I have packed this jacket every weekend since I got it and worn it every morning biking to work. It is an all-around wonder. The jacket is super lightweight, but still keeps the wind out and has just enough insulation around your core to keep body heat [...]

Purple Rain Adventure Skirt

What: Purple Rain Adventure Skirt Why I chose it: I love this hiking skirt for three reasons: two huge pockets that hold everything from maps to cell phone to snacks; ventilation and bathroom breaks made easy; and extreme comfort. Plus, it's from a small business run by an outdoor woman! Buy it: garagegrowngear.com

Salomon Speedcross GTX

What: Salomon Speedcross GTX Why I chose it: The Salmon Speedcross GTX shoes are (aside from my ski boots, of course) my favorite adventure footwear. They are lightweight, incredibly comfortable, and best of all for this Northwest dweller: WATERPROOF! The Quicklace system makes putting them on and pulling them off a breeze, and the knobbed bottoms are [...]

Dynafit Trail Jacket

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What: Dynafit Trail Jacket Why I chose it: This piece is the ideal lightweight outer layer. Perfect for brisk trail runs, demanding backcountry ski tours, or windy days at the crag, this layer is one you'll find yourself not wanting to leave home without. It stuffs easily into the front pocket of a hydration vest and transitions [...]

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

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What: Patagonia Houdini Jacket Why I chose it: I wear my Houdini nearly every day. It packs into a pocket and hangs from my harness on multi-pitch climbs, it's a super-light but windproof layer when traveling uphill on skis (it even helps if it is snowing lightly), and I even keep it in my purse at work [...]

Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX

What: Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX Why I chose it: I've logged about a hundred miles in a pair of Terrex Swift through a succession of short hikes, occasional bursts of trail running, and lots of days camping this summer. My feet stayed dry through creek crossings, with water below the top of the shoe of [...]

Oiselle Long Roga Shorts

What: Oiselle Long Roga Shorts Why I chose it: They're great for trail running with huge pockets and stretchy fabric for ladies with big mountain climbing quads. The pockets have ample room for keys and snacks and a really nice waistband that doesn't cut into your belly. Buy it: mec.ca, amazon.com

Hillsound Trail Crampons Ultra

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What: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Why I chose it: I love that I can get a solid grip in the “extended season” (winter). These are super easy to use on every kind of shoe I’ve put them on — sneakers to winter boots — and have great traction. I don’t slip at all while jogging, even [...]

Tubbs Flex RDG Snowshoe

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What: Tubbs Flex RDG Snowshoe Why I chose it: Whether you’re getting into the backcountry but don’t yet have a touring set up or you want to take a hike after a serious dumping, the Tubbs Flex snowshoe series is an excellent fit. I’ve worn these in many types of terrain and snow and have always loved [...]

Sea to Summit X-Set Dinner Set

What: Sea to Summit X-Set Dinner Set Why I chose it: The Sea to Summit X-Set has everything you need. The set includes a plate, bowl, mug, and cutting board (the bottoms of each) at only adding .65 pounds. Each item nests inside another so you don’t need to worry about adding much bulk. They’re also dishwasher friendly when [...]