As the snow melts (in some places), traces of spring can be seen all around. Thank god.
With the spring comes all of the outdoor activities that help shake off the winter blues. Hiking, trail-running, backpacking and any other excursion that gets a guy away from people and into the wilderness.
As with any adventure, it’s vital to be prepared. It’s also fun to buy new stuff every season. Here are six essential items to grab before your next trek into the wooded abyss.
Monty Hi Boot From Ridgemont Outfitters: The Monty (pictured above) has been created with rugged durability and urban aesthetic in mind. It is a balance of classic design wrapped in a modern silhouette. This style satisfies the needs of those who want a footwear option that combines the essential technical qualities found in a hiking shoe, yet is still visually appealing to wear for off trail adventures. Incorporating a bespoke Ridgemont half cup outsole on an exposed EVA midsole with a heel stabilizer to ensure balance and comfort and a stylish upper made from oiled suede and high grade nylon. BUY
Storm Jacket From Showers Pass: This competitively-priced bike specific jacket uses 2.5 layer waterproof-breathable fabric and is fully seam taped to keep the wind and rain at bay while transferring moisture away from the skin. With bright color and lots of reflective, the Storm Jacket also delivers the best in visibility. You can also take it everywhere in the matching mesh stuff sack. BUY
Ultralite Waterproof Socks from Dexshell: An ultra light, ankle length waterpoof sock with a highly visible colored cuff, these waterproof socks are perfect for hiking, biking, dog walking and running during warmer seasons when there is a need to keep dry feet. BUY
Oasis 1100 Backpack From Teton: The Oasis 1100 sports an athletic cut that fits higher than a typical backpack—though still low profile—so you can access jersey pockets. It won’t interfere with a bike helmet, and attached hauling loop tucks inside. You’ll appreciate the cushioned, breathable mesh back panel, as well as the adjustable mesh shoulder straps and chest strap with comfort taped edges and built-in shock absorber, giving you a perfect fit. Deep 9” mesh pocket holds keys, wallet, phone, snacks. BUY
Trooper Phone Case From Urban Armor Gear: This feather-light composite cases feature a hard outer shell and a soft impact resistant core. Although visually striking, the unique shape of the case also provides strength while minimizing size and weight. The design allows full access to your device’s controls and ports, while openings are designed for glare-free flash snapshots and uncompromised audio. BUY
Paracord Survival Bracelet from Core Survival: The Paracord Bracelet survival multi-tool is made from with heavy duty rock climbing rope and comes equipped with a self-defense whistle, magnesium fire starter and compass. The compass acts as locking mechanism for the buckle and is guaranteed not to fall off. BUY