Women's gear, up first
Relax, it's not until May 12—you still have time!
Sunday is approaching. Still in need of a gift for mom? Our gear team has you covered with our top recommendations. And if you want more ideas, check out this Mother’s Day roundup of our favorites.
Coolibar Sea Breeze Funnel Neck Top ($70)
If your mother is anything like mine, she strikes an impressive balance between elegance and function and demands the same from her gear. That’s why she swears by this UPF 50+ top from Coolibar. With a slightly heavier weight than other sun shirts, it’s what she wears to stay cozy on redeye flights and after the sun goes down in the tropics. Touches like the kangaroo pocket, metal snaps at the neck, and thumb holes make it as stylish as it is adaptable, just like Mom. —Will Taylor, gear director
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch Plus Heart-Rate Monitor ($130)
My mom loves to keep moving, and I’ve always wanted to get her a watch that could track her activity without the confusing, excessive features of other fitness trackers. The easy-to-use Forerunner 35 monitors her heart rate all day, counts her steps and calories, and has a bright screen that’s visible even on a sunny hike. It has built-in GPS, so if she wants to jog without her phone she can still monitor her distance, speed, and route. And at under $200, this watch is relatively affordable compared with high-end pieces on the market. —Jeremy Rellosa, assistant editor
Chaco Cataluna Mid Boots ($180)
When I’m shopping for other people, I tend to buy gifts I’d want myself. To that end, the product I think of first for my mom is the Chaco Cataluna Mid ($180). My reasoning is simple: it’s easily my favorite all-season everyday casual boot. And it’s so cute you’d never guess it has the technical specs—waterproof leather upper, grippy rubber outsole, cushioned footbed—to stand up to a winter’s worth of slush without looking beat down. —Ariella Gintzler, assistant editor
Teva X Outdoor Voices Hurricane XLT2 Sandals ($85)
My mom likes to wear clothes that reflect her personality, and that often takes the form of colorful, bright, and stylish pieces. So I’m glad that she can ditch the drab, earth-toned sandals she normally wears on day hikes and replace them with these kicks, courtesy of Teva and Outdoor Voices. These sandals pack all the features she loves about the original water-friendly Hurricane: the cushiony foam midsole, grippy sole, and padded heel strap. —Jeremy Rellosa, assistant editor
Terry Metro Relaxed Lite Women’s Bike Shorts ($109)
In the past few years, my mom has gotten into cycling. She and my dad like to ride along paved paths by their home just north of New York City and occasionally on the dirt trails of nearby Rockefeller State Park. Oftentimes they’ll stop for photos or to read historical markers. The Terry Metro Relaxed Lites would fit her kind of riding nicely: the chamois provides comfort in the saddle but comes out with the liner for unencumbered hiking, ample pockets afford plenty of storage, and reflective strips on the lower legs make them visible during road crossings. —Will Egensteiner, senior gear editor