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.
Sun Shirts: Your First Line of Defense Against UV Rays
ExOfficio blends Tencel, a natural fabric that has a cooling effect on your skin, with cotton to make this supersoft top that wicks well and has a UPF 40 rating. Pop comes courtesy of the Hawaiian-inspired floral print.
As the name implies, this UPF 40 shirt is built with fishing in mind, but you don’t need to be carrying tackle to appreciate the details. It’s made from a light polyester-nylon blend that’s puckered like seersucker so less material touches your skin. A sunglasses cleaner built into the hem is a nice, user-friendly hit.
The Terminal Deflector offers top-notch protection for long days in the sun, with a hood and a built-in turtleneck-like gaiter. In addition to the UPF 50 rating, the fabric is loaded with metallic dots on the outside that reflect sunlight. And Columbia’s Omni-Freeze treatment, which reacts with your sweat to cool down, is also a fun trick.
O’Neill goes casual with this long-sleeved slim-cut top, which is made from a light polyester with plenty of stretch, so you can wear it all day, whether you’re surfing, fishing, or just sitting in a beach chair. The notable UPF 50+ rating is one of the highest we found in a sun shirt.
This is the fancy UPF 45 shirt you wear for the lunch date that might include a long stroll on the beach. The sleek Skyline is made from a breathable polyester that won’t wrinkle (so it’s perfect for travel), it dries fast, and it has a surprising amount of stretch.
The Mountain shirt has the understated style and technical chops that make you want to wear it day after day. Good thing it has a Polygiene antimicrobial treatment to cut down on stink. There’s a bit of spandex in the polyester-nylon blend for added mobility, and the whole package has a UPF 40 rating to keep you unburned.
“This is hands down the most versatile mid-layer in my arsenal,” wrote contributor Wes Siler. He gave the jacket high praise: The jacket “layers perfectly under everything from a puffy down jacket to a light soft shell,” in addition to being fast-drying and breathable.
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.
The Astro is our Gear Guy’s favorite budget headlamp. It's dimmable, has a strobe function, a lock mode, and the battery lasts 20 hours on the highest setting. “The Astro is the best headlamp for most people, most of the time,” he wrote.
We love this quarter-zip base layer. The merino wool helps to regulate body temperature when you’re building up a sweat under multiple ski layers, but the piece also works just as well as a light sweater for camping in the summer. And the wool naturally fights off odor, whatever the season.
Stance’s Hike Sock is one of our favorite budget-friendly essentials. The wool blend keeps feet dry and warm, while the seamless toe closures and reinforced heels and toes offer extra cushioning. Plus, we dig the Ridge Line’s eye-catching design.
Our gear editor praised Patagonia's Nine Trails packs for their clean efficiency: “With a minimalist design and well-considered features, Patagonia has proven that when it comes to daypacks, simpler is better,” they write. It's available in both men's and women's sizes from 14 liters to 36 liters.
In our 2019 Winter Buyer's Guide, the seven-by-seven-foot Puffin Luxury was our top blanket for couples. The bottom of the blanket buttons up like a sleeping bag so you can tuck your feet in and keep drafts out and the whole thing packs into its own stuff sack for easy travel. The blanket is perfect at the campsite or to cozy up at home.
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