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Stio Downwater Anorak (Men’s)

$149 $104 from Stio 30% off

Stio released the first version of the Downwater Anorak last year and we loved it. “It has a laid-back style that goes great with jeans and even better with boardshorts, making it a versatile layer on the river or around town,” our tester said.

Prana Maha Yoga Towel

$40 $20 from REI 50% off

Double up on comfort by spreading this moisture-wicking, quick-drying towel over your mat. Not only is its polyester fabric cushy, but it also provides more grip so bare feet won’t slip out from under you.

Keen Howser III Boot (Women's)

$100 $65 35% off

Made from water-resistant nylon and stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation, the Howser III is perfect for frosty morning walks to the coffee shop or long winter nights in the cabin. And a non-marking rubber sole won't mess up your floors if you decide to wear them in the house.

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Keen Little Kids’ Chandler CNX

$55 $36 from Keen 34% off

Outside gear tester Jakob Schiller can’t say enough about the Chandler CNX shoes. These kicks held up against the abuse of both his children as they grew in and out of them. He says, “Even after years of wear, they’re in great shape. I can’t say that about any other brand of shoe my kids have ever worn.”

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Keen Rose Sandal (Women’s)

$90 $58 from Keen 35% off

The Rose sandal looks great, but can handle some adventure, too. The front toe bumper provides extra protection from rocks and sticks, and the rubber outsole has multi-directional lugs—like you'll see on hiking boots or running shoes—for increased traction.

sun shirts

Orvis Open Air Caster

$89 from Backcountry

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.

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Columbia PFG Terminal Deflector

$75 from Amazon

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.

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O’Neill Hybrid

$40 from REI

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.