If you love the outdoors, you likely owe some of your adventurous spirit to your folks. Thank your mom this Sunday with one of these eight gifts, chosen to help her stay wild.
For the Runner
There’s no easier GPS watch than the Garmin Forerunner 10, a simple distance-, pace- and calorie-tracking timekeeper. A virtual pacer shows you how you compare to your average workout stats. It may not have all of the bells and whistles of its pricier counterparts, but its baseline functionality is enough for most. It's light and comfortable—and, most importantly, intuitive: Press one button and it starts keeping tabs on your movement. ($130)
For the Mountain Biker
Never worry about your mom popping a tire or breaking a chain miles from the trailhead thanks to Hero Kits, a smart new line of road- and mountain-biking safety products straight out of Boulder, Colorado. Their base level, pocket-size Hero Kits are built specifically for road or mountain bikers and contain everything from step-by-step repair instructions to tire-changing levers to a multitool. An upgrade to the Super Hero Kit ($89) also gets her a pump, a tube and a bag to house it all. (from $45)
For the Angler
The women’s-specific, iridescent pink Grace rod from Sage does more than just stand out. As your mom's knee-deep in a crystal-clear stream floating her fly over the current, the company will donate a portion of its proceeds to Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization dedicated to breast cancer research. This 8’6”, five-weight model won’t disappoint. ($495)
For the Yogini
By blending organic cotton with merino wool and a little bit of Lycra, Ibex came up with a cozy, flexible collection of yoga apparel that’s perfect for the meditative workout. This ultra-comfortable line ranges from sport tanks with built-in bras, like the Sport Tank (shown here, $78) to shorts, like the Long Shorts ($85) to pants, like the Fit Pant ($130), all with flattering lines.
For the Hiker
We’ve been testing socks for decades and none has nailed the fit as gracefully as Fits, a family-owned operation out of Niota, Tennessee. Their deep heel cups and plush toe beds cradle the foot, adding cushioning in the areas that need it most. They make everything from a quarter-length hiking sock to something expedition-weight, but we’re biggest fans of the Light Hiker Crew (shown here, $20), which offers the perfect balance of cushion and breathability.
For the Traveler
For clothing that translates easily from the trailhead to the lunch patio, we turn to Aventura, a women’s-only apparel brand out of Southern California. The Sutton Organic Cotton Capri (shown here), for instance, is perfect for hikes that don’t require uber-technical apparel. The cotton blend is soft and breathable and has feminine styling, like ruching at the pockets. ($85)
For the Cyclist
At half the weight of most hitch racks, Thule’s Helium Aero two- or three-bike car attachment is easier to install than most racks on the market because it doesn’t require tools for installation. Aluminum bars mean it weighs less than twenty pounds—a nice break for your mom's back. (from $350)
For the Paddler
Longtime makers of PFDs, MTI addresses ladies’ needs with their Adjust-a-Bust system, in both the PFDiva and the Moxie (shown here) lifevests. By using softer fabrics for against-the-skin comfort and tweaking neoprene and memory foam for support and space, these PFDs eliminate the crushing sensation many jackets give you after they're buckled and tightened. Men with beer bellies can look for the Adjust-a-Gut PFD soon (kidding!). (from $85)
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