The Best Recycled Gear of 2018
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Even outdoor gear deserves a second chance.
Woolrich Civil War Gettysburg Wool Blanket ($115)
These thick 1800s-era blankets were first issued to Union soldiers to keep them warm. The modern version is still tough as nails, but now it’s made of 80 percent wool gathered from the cutting-room floor.
ShotzSki Shot Ski (From $175)
No après-ski throwdown is complete without a shot ski. Our favorite maker, ShotzSki has a host of recycled planks to choose from (fat, skinny, old, and new). Pick a design or get a custom graphic, and ShotzSki will mount ski-boot-shaped shot glasses on it.
Mountain Designs Seawool Mike Check Shirt ($120)
In addition to recycled bottles, there’s a sleeper ingredient in the Seawool: oyster shells collected from restaurants in Taiwan. The resulting fabric is soft, warm, and wicking, and it fights wrinkles as well as stink.
Truce Drop Liner Backpack ($280)
No two Drop Liner bags are alike, with bespoke exteriors made from Dacron sails, each with its own marks and graphics. The material is also durably seaworthy and UV-resistant, so your bag can withstand a beating on the trail or open water.
Triple Aught Design Bastion Hoodie ($400)
Made for winter’s most inhospitable days, this hoodie features Polartec’s new hydrophobic Power Fill insulation. Über-warm considering how light it is (just 24 ounces), the Bastion is made of 80 percent plastic bottles. It’ll still insulate you if it gets soaked.
Timberland City Blazer Mixed-Media Boots ($160)
Haiti has mounds of plastic trash lining many of its cities’ streets. A company called Thread is now employing locals to gather that trash and turn it into a fabric that Timberland is using in an entire line of its products. Our favorite: these stylish city-meets-trail high-top boots.
Phunkshun Aviator Base Layer ($60)
For its Aviator, Phunkshun first dices 26 used water bottles into tiny pieces. Those shards are then melted into BB-size pellets that get melted again before being spun into threads. Finally, the threads are sewn into a stretchy, wicking, midweight base layer that’s perfect for running laps at the resort.