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.
15 Gift Ideas for the Active Mom
The Versa’s simple interface allows users to track their heart rate and sleep quality, while boasting 15 exercise modes. The sleek design of the watch face doesn’t look bulky, like most sport watches. We included the Versa in our roundup of The Best Wearable Tech of 2019.
We included these towels in our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. They’re made with long-staple cotton that gets softer with each wash. And the big waffle weave absorbs moisture quickly, allowing you to towel dry in a flash.
A handy sack for gardening, foraging, and holding weekend sundries, the Barebones Gathering Bag has a removable waterproof liner, so cleaning it out after a day of heavy use is a breeze. Plus, it comes with steel pruners and a canvas sheath.
We love these sandals for both laid back activites and dressier occasions. OluKai’s footbed offers firm support and cushioning to prevent sore feet.
The Harmony is one of our Staff Picks. The natural rubber is among the grippiest we’ve tested, which makes it ideal for hot yoga or sweaty workout sessions.
Sometimes smartphone cameras don’t cut it. Upgrade that special mother in your life to the Coolpix B600, which features 60x optical zoom, full HD video, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for sharing photos. The controls are simple, so she can get shooting right out of the box.
The Tile Pro two pack is an ideal gift for mothers that chronically misplace their valuables. Latch one onto a a set of keys or put one in a purse fold, and they act like beacons when synced with her smartphone. The best part? If she can’t find her phone, she can just press the button on the Tile to give it a ring.
We love drinking shower beers. But when it’s time for a classier, Mom-only relaxation session, she can put a glass of wine in the Sipski during a bath or shower. It’ll keep the cabernet clear of the soap and suds.
These Headphones deliver audio through your cheekbones, so you can stay vigilant while listening to music. These are a great option for running and bike riding, especially in an urban environment.
The big sole of the Clifton 5 gave testers a cushy, stable ride. At 15.2 ounces, they’re on the heavier side, but Mom's feet will be happy with the extra cushioning and support.
Flimsy totes don’t stand a chance against the Camino Carryall. It’s a bomber everyday bag built for the beach, the back of the van, and everywhere in between. Plus, it cleans up easily with a quick spray down, a must for those the go.
We crowned this the Gear of the Year hiking shoe in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. They’re fully waterproof, and gave us confidence to power through puddles and light streams, thanks to the Gore-Tex construction. The cherry on top was the lightweight Vibram outsole, which kept our feet secure across uneven terrain.
This jacket is built tough, but looks sharp. It’s made with mechanical stretch denim that can take a beating and has six pockets for tools, pacifiers, and other E.D.C. mom essentials.
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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