As we bid farewell to cold weather and ready ourselves for summer, now is a great time to get outdoors, freshen up your wardrobe and check out some awesome accessories. Here are some of our favorite outdoor gear items for exploring, exercising, or just sipping cocktails with friends.
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Our Outdoor Sportswear Favorites
Hitting the Trail
After a year at home, it’s time to get outdoors! Whether you’re an experienced mountain man or novice explorer we love the Quickstart Race Backpack and Runners Headlamp from Nathan. This lightweight pack has enough storage for your favorite snacks, cell phone, and other essentials while supporting a 1.5L hydration bladder to keep you going on the trail.
The runner’s headlamp is perfect for those who want their hands free but need light for evening or early morning activities. The light features both color and white options ensuring you can see and be seen. Finally, everyone could use some extra support while hiking or walking – so we recommend these hiking poles from Leki via Six Moon Designs. Their super lightweight material make for easy packing while providing the support you need no matter where your adventures take you.
Spring weather can be unpredictable – so layering is critical. Whether you’re going to experience elevation change or the move from morning breeze to afternoon sun, we put together a few items to keep you comfortable, moving, and dry.
Over your favorite breathable tee, try this Lightweight Quarter Zip from Tasc. It’s form fitting, super soft and the perfect material to keep you warm, but not let you sweat. If you’ll be on the move, pair it with these 8” Training Shorts that feature a phone/zip pocket as well as a super soft bamboo liner to ensure your comfort and protection.
Rain in the forecast? Try this awesome Gore-Tex Mountain Jacket from Goldwin Sports which can keep you dry through a light drizzle or heavy downpour! The jacket features a variety of pockets and mesh technology for extra ventilation. Finally, protect your face/head from the sun with this Floppy Hat from Seirus and ensure all-day comfort no matter the trail with these outdoor shoes from Ecco.
For those hitting the pavement instead of the trail – we have great gear for you too. Check out this Bowery Long Sleeve Tee from Wolaco – its super light mesh material will keep you protected from the wind and sun, but ensure your body can breathe while working out.
Pair this top with the Apex Light Compression short from Hylete which is great for biking, walking, or running. Finally, don’t underestimate a good sock! The Aspire sock from Swiftwick is their most popular running sock and its super thin yet supportive structure makes it great for all your favorite outdoor activities.
Alternatively, everyone loves a good hoody– and the High Line Hoody from Wolaco is a must have. With its sleek style, useful zipped pocket, and water / sweat repellent materials it’s the perfect fit for a workout or casual wear. Pair this with the HiFlex Training Shorts from Centric which feature a super comfortable lining and odor-resistant material making them perfect for running, walking, or biking.
Next up we paired the Elite Light Cushion socks from Feetures (think form-fitting, extra comfort on the toe, and perfect ankle height to prevent blisters) with the Escalante Racer Sneakers from Altra Running. These shoes feature a mesh upper making them very breathable and the Footshape™ technology provides plenty of room for your fit creating a natural fit. Expect a fit that’s true to size.
Just For Bikers
Don’t worry cyclists…we didn’t forget you. For those that like to explore the world on two wheels start with these Knee Compression Tights from Bracelayer. Their built-in knee and hip support ensures comfort for the length of your ride while their fleece-lined interior keeps you warm on a cool spring morning.
Despite being thermal, the tights are breathable and great for a range of temperatures. Pair this with the Chrono Sport Jersey, Synthe Mips Helmet, and Bravo Gel Gloves from Giro which will keep you comfortable and safe throughout the ride. Finally, say no to squinting with the Smoke Polarized Fototec Lenses from Tifosi – the perfect cycling sunglass.
Casual Weekend Picks
With warmer days, now is a great time to add some new pieces to your wardrobe. Look your best at your next garden party with this timeless 100% merino wool turtleneck from Romeo Merino, the wool’s temperature regulating properties and UV sun protection are perfect for afternoons outside.
If it’s a little chilly why not layer with the Flat Iron Vest from Peter Manning. This classic, lightweight, quilted vest is ultra-versatile and fitted to the body. Accessorize with the many fun sunglasses from Knockaround (who doesn’t love a touch of green!) and the Red String Bracelet from Karma and Luck. This combo is sure to keep the ‘haters’ at bay.
Look #2 includes the classy, yet comfy Everywhere Pants from Peter Manning. Their extensive sizing, elastic waist, and zipper fly are sure to ensure the perfect fit and take the stress out of buying online.
On top, we feature State and Liberty’s short sleeve shirt and Bomber Jacket. This shirt is ultra tailored yet made of stretchy, moisture-wicking, and wrinkle-free material. The Bomber (made of waterproof fabric) is the perfect year-round jacket and includes plenty of pockets along with its ideal fit.
Finally, add a splash of color with this fun Essentials Case from Someone Somewhere. With 12 ways to wear it and 3.5L of storage, it’s bound to be your go-to bag this spring and beyond.
Outdoor Gear & Accessories Favorites
Let’s take a break from clothes and talk accessories. While we’ve long loved Hydro Flask for its sleek design and awesome insulation- the 64 oz Growler is next level. Whether you’re heading out camping, going to a picnic, or looking to bring home your favorite beer from the local brewery this bottle is for you.
For those that are heading to the backcountry (or need some new tools around the house) the SOG Power Access Assist is a great multi-use tool that has every gadget you need- and those you didn’t know you needed! This pocket knife and shears from Crescent Tools are both super light, yet super sharp – and great for getting all your home projects done.
Finally, did someone say s’mores? No more fussing with smelly or hard-to-light fire starters – the Pull Start Firestarters are the perfect tool for camping or backyard fun. Just place in your woodpile, pull the string, and voilà!
Hydration and Self-Care
No matter your outdoor activity of choice here are a few favorites to go along for the ride. First, The 24oz water bottle from Iron Flask will keep your drink cool and comes in a variety of colors. Next, if you’re looking for an extra boost, check out Celsius Fitness Drinks which come in awesome flavors and provide long-lasting energy while jump-starting your metabolism without unnecessary sugars.
Sun protection is always a must and this SPF 30 daily moisturizer from Naeli is a great choice because it is peptide-rich and packed with collagen to help rejuvenate cells while creating a barrier against harmful rays. Finally, let’s be honest- with all this outdoor fun sometimes we chafe. Check out two great products from Chassis that will keep you dry, fresh, and feeling great no matter where the season takes you.
Maximize Your Workout and Recovery
Finally, if you want to focus on you this spring check out this awesome acupressure mat from Dosha Mat. With more than 4,500 high-quality acupressure points and a 100% eco-friendly design, this mat is the perfect addition to your morning or evening routine as you seek to reduce pain, enter a state of calm, or just aid your muscles in post-workout recovery.
And speaking of workout – add the boost you didn’t know you needed to your next workout with the Agogie Resistant pants. These pants feature built-in resistance bands to help tone and tighten your body. Top off your ensemble with a pair of Bombas – and as always for every pair you buy, they donate an item to those in need.
Spring fever have you ready for a trip? Making packing a breeze with these pack pods from Six Moon Designs. Whether you need help organizing your suitcase or are adventuring with just a backpack, their sturdy and flexible design make storing your items a breeze. If you’re catching a flight no doubt you want to travel in comfort. Try sporting this simple and classic wool sweater from Unbound Merino and keep your feet nice and cozy with the Bombas Gripper Slipper.
After you land freshen your face with this Deep Cleansing Masque from Menaji and don’t forget the sunscreen with this sport performance SPF45 sunscreen from Zeailios. And if your travels have you gearing up for adventure keep your skin ready to go with the Zealios all-natural Betwixt Athletic Skin Lubricant & Chamois Cream.
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Julian Palma works in international development, with a passion for all things style-related.