Our Gear Guy praised this shirt in his test of the best performance flannels. “The Fjord deserves points for its 100 percent organic cotton, which felt soft and supple, and it had just enough give to never slow me down as I rode the Jabberwocky Trail outside Ashland, Oregon,” he wrote.
Portable Toiletry Essentials for Travelers
Forget stealing the hotel shampoo. Fill these durable Cordura bags with your shower and grooming essentials instead, and you’ll have everything you need in reusable, leakproof containers. Each weighs less than half an ounce and carries three ounces of liquid—well within TSA restrictions.
Not all Dopp kits are created equal. The North Face’s version is made from tough ballistic nylon that easily withstands shower spray and mist. More importantly, it has a wide opening, a flat bottom, and a hook, so it can sit upright on the countertop or hang from the showerhead, always within reach.
There are plenty of organic, biodegradable soaps out there, but it’s hard to beat the classic: Dr. Bronner’s. A liquid pure-castile soap (no chemicals or phosphates), it doubles as shampoo and bodywash. The label also makes for fun bathroom reading.
Showers are great—when you can take them. But it’s not always possible, so make sure you have a pack of these wipes in your kit. They’re extra thick but soft enough to use in the most sensitive places, and aloe vera and vitamin E moisturize as you scrub the grime away.
Why waste time and materials cutting the end off a cheap plastic toothbrush when you could use this overdesigned model that folds into itself? Plus, the head is replaceable when the bristles wear out.
Whether you’re rinsing off after a bike ride or grabbing a quick shower at a hostel abroad, having your own towel comes in handy. This one is an ultralight option (6.4 ounces for the full-body version) that folds down to the size of a pocket square. It’s made from a super-absorbent microfiber that dries fast, too.
We included the Karsee in our roundup of the best technical flannel shirts of 2019. The cotton-Tencel fabric is stretchy and on the lighter side for flannels. We especially like the buttons at the sides that let you adjust the fit so you can move as you need while climbing or hiking.
We included these pants in our roundup of the best women’s après gear of 2019. “The nylon Møva is flattering and cocktail-hour comfy,” our tester Stephanie Pearson wrote. Plus, the pants have ample pocket space to fit a small wallet, phone, and keys.
Stay grounded and train like never before with the Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO Men’s grey/black training shoe. Great for both indoor and outdoor activities, this minimalist shoe is lightweight, and features fully-articulating toes with a Vibram XS TREK sole for advanced traction and grip on wet and dry surfaces.
This climbing balm is our video producer's favorite for taking care of her hands. She's been using this bar for over four years and says: “the balm stays on my hands longer than others I’ve tried and has a thicker consistency, which helps its healing powers but isn’t ideal for workdays.” She also recommends using the balm before bed.
We tested the Party Cooler for our roundup of go-anywhere travel totes and it topped the list. Our tester Kelly Bastone wrote: “I found the cooler capacity to be perfect for a two-person picnic, and the uninsulated portion held a blanket, sunscreen, book, and extra layers.”
Saola’s Cannon shoe is one of our favorite pieces of eco-friendly gear. Each part of the shoe is environmentally friendly or sustainably sourced. The soles are built with Bloom foam, which takes harmful algae out of water systems while the uppers are made of recycled canvas and plastic bottles. Plus, our tester Jakob Schiller says they look damn good, too.
In 2016, this flannel was our top pick for bike commuting. This upgraded version still has the moisture-wicking polyester and underarm mesh vents that we love and has added reinforced flannel patches on the elbows and shoulders for style and durability. Plus, the shirt has two chest snap pockets and a zippered hip pocket for your everyday carry.
We included this towel in our roundup of our favorite yoga gear. Jade’s Yoga Mat Towel uses polyester microfiber making it extra absorbent and quick drying. It’s ideal for sweaty yoga sessions when you want to stay dry and have plenty of grip.
In this Winter’s Buyers Guide we wrote: “on the coldest powder days, turn to the Black Magic and its polyester insulation to keep you warm and cozy.” The Black Magic has all the features you want in a bib (ex: tailored fit, boot gussets, mesh-lined leg vents) for a reasonable price. Plus, the belt-loop has a special eyelet for your lift ticket.
Our Gear Guy loves the Hydro Flask 32-ounce tumbler; with one of these suckers, he "can nurse a single pour for hours without having to worry about lukewarm beer." The same goes for hot drinks—a freshly brewed cup of coffee will stay hot for up to six hours.
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