We featured the Octal X in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best women’s bike accessories. It weighs in at less than a half pound and fits like a headband, thanks to a simple strap-dial system.
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2018 was the year of the reusable straw—one of our favorite products that help reduce plastic consumption. Klean Kanteen’s version has removable silicon ends, which makes sipping easy and comfortable.
Each one of these packs are one of a kind and made from repurposed fabric. The 24L Luzon is a bigger version of the 18L Luzon which we praised as a solid lightweight carry-all. This pack doesn’t have an internal hydration sleeve, but it does have two external water bottle pockets and a zippered compartment for dirty clothes or shoes.
Stasher's sandwich bag was our Gear Guy’s favorite piece of gear from 2019. Made from silicone, the bag is an environmentally friendly alternative to standard plastic bags. The sealable container is also highly heat tolerant, so it can handle boiling water. Did we mention it’s dishwasher and microwave safe?
We included these chopsticks in our roundup of under-$50 food and drink essentials. Elegant and simple, the Wabuki Chopsticks are collapsable and come with a carrying case. The stainless-steel handles and bamboo tips are designed to last, so you don't have to use disposable wooden chopsticks when eating sushi or ramen.
We love Alpine Start's original instant version made from high elevation Arabica coffee. It’s easy to brew, perfect for backpacking and actually tastes good. One dollar from each POW x Alpine Start purchase will go to Protect Our Winters to mobilize the outdoor sports community against climate change.
All you need to charge your phone and cook a camp meal are some sticks—not gas canisters—that’s the beauty of the Campstove 2. It features a 10,000 BTU burner that runs thermal energy generated by a small fire. The heat produced also feeds the on-board 2,600 mAh battery, which can store a full phone charge. We dig the LED dashboard that offers real-time info on fire strength and battery level.
This natural alternative to plastic wrap is made from organic cotton cloth coated in beeswax, so it's an earth-friendly purchase you can feel good about. Plus, the wraps are fully compostable and work as natural fire starters that don’t contribute to a landfill.
Sunski’s version of the classic wayfarer silhouette features polarized triacetate cellulose lenses that offer a full spectrum of UV protection in a frame that weighs just one ounce. Plus, all of Sunski’s frames are made from recycled plastic and come in non-plastic packaging.
These shoes are stylish enough for around town, but have the technical chops for charging down singletrack. The dot-rubber Stealth Phantom outsole is key for gripping flat pedals even on bumpy rides and is non-marking so you don’t have to worry about them messing up floors inside. Plus, the shoes make a great gift for avid mountain bikers.
Got leftovers? Or maybe you want to take a sandwich on the road? Skip the plastic wrap and containers with these organic options made from beeswax. The reusable wraps seal tight around bowls and containers, keeping food fresh. This starter pack comes with three.
If straws are wreaking havoc on our wildlife, imagine what all those plastic forks and spoons are doing to our fauna. Yes, the titanium build might be overkill for a to-go lunch, but it won’t rust and it’s so light you won’t even notice it in your pack.
There are some fancy, expensive totes out there built by some of our favorite outdoor companies, but if you’re looking for a simple option that can help you use less plastic at the store, keep this one in your trunk. It’s made from unused hammock material and can hold up to 25 pounds.
A couple of things push the Purist Mover over the competition in the crowded water bottle market. First, it fits inside a standard cup holder while still holding 18 ounces of liquid. Second, the flip-top lid is spill proof and a joy to drink from. And it keeps your water cold for hours thanks to the double-walled, stainless steel construction.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, these were our favorite all-mountain chargers. “The toothy Vibram Megagrip lugs offer killer traction, and that surefootedness, combined with massive Hoka cush, inspires confidence on technical terrain,” we wrote. The third version of the shoe has an updated tongue and a heartier toe bumper.
In 2018, we recommended this sweatshirt as a gift for Mother’s Day because it’s “perfect for chilly nights around the campfire.” The Mountain Sweatshirt has three layers of synthetic insulation that make it comfortable and warm. Plus, the top layer has a durable water-repellent finish to keep the jacket dry and stain-free.
Breathability and grip are the focus of the Air, both of which are key when you’re shredding singletrack. The upper is designed from a Lycra mesh that keeps things cool, while the palm benefits from sticky synthetic leather. Just don’t buy a pair expecting extra cushion, because there’s no padding in the palm.