Break out the insulated jackets because winter is here! At least here in Utah. But we’re OK with that, because winter and snow means we have the opportunity to play outside in ways we can’t the rest of the year: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, all that good stuff. But winter also means it’s time to break out the layers, especially if you plan to go hiking, cross country skiing, or any other activity where you’ll be working hard in the cold but also need to stay warm when you stop for a snack break. Here are some of our newest faves for all your winter pursuits.
There’s no better way to keep your toes toasty around the campground, in a hut after a long day of backcountry skiing, or in your tent on a winter night than a cozy pair of camp slippers. In fact, we can’t believe we went as long as we did without owning a pair (or three)! But now that we do we can say for certain: camp booties are a game-changer. Dying to own a pair? Check out these sustainable options!
I love hiking in leggings. The freedom of movement they offer, the comfort, the ease of use…it’s all unparalleled. But typical yoga-style leggings aren’t always the best for outdoor adventures. They snag easily, sometimes don’t dry fast enough, and often don’t have pockets–or at least secure ones (btw, ask me how I feel about women’s clothing without pockets…). Hiking tights, on the other hand–also known as trekking tights or hiking leggings–are designed to stand up to the rigors of the outdoors. And as we know, durability is a cornerstone of sustainability. So if you love leggings but are looking for something more durable, read on.
Have the wheels on your rolling carry-on luggage gotten totally shredded? (Happened to me last year, alas.) The zipper broken to pieces? A giant hole ripped in the front of your soft-sided luggage? It happens. And if it’s time to replace your well-worn and no longer repairable rolling luggage with something altogether better, more sustainable, functional, and organizational so you have one less thing to worry about when you board that plane, consider one of our two new faves: the 38 liter Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag and the 44 liter Topo Designs Global Travel Bag Roller. We put them to the test and break down their pros and cons to help you decide which is right for you.
Hybrid jackets. They’re a beautiful thing. You’ve got nice cozy insulation in the front, sometimes the back, exactly where you need it to keep you warm plus plenty of stretch on the sides or under the arms to aid in breathability and flexibility. It’s the best of both worlds: warmth and freedom of motion. We reviewed 4 more sustainable jackets that are not only vegan, but also PFC-free. Check them all out here.
Know a mountain biker? Road cyclist? Gravel grinder? Commuter? Teenager who just really wants to trick out their ride? These are a few gifts for cyclists we think they’re gonna love. How do we know? Because we’re cyclists and we love them, that’s how. So wrap up one of these gifts, find even more gift ideas in our annual outdoor gift guide and gift guide for trail runners, and get ready for enthusiastic celebrations of thanks.
If there’s a trail runner in your life, you should know right now that you can’t just slap a bow on any ol’ running gear and call it a present. Gifts for trail runners need to do more, be more. Because trail runners need more layers, more insulation, more tread, more clothing and gear that stands up to the elements and the harsh conditions (and surfaces) found in the great outdoors. So if you really want to wow ’em, get them one of these gifts for trail runners, no matter what you’re celebrating this season.
It’s once again the holiday season! And we know that no matter what or how you’re celebrating this season, gift-giving can add an undue layer of stress to your planned festivities. Don’t be stressed. Spend time outside instead! And then consult our handy dandy annual holiday gift guide. Because we’ve rounded up 10 outdoorsy gifts they’re sure to love. We know because a.) we’re outdoorsy, and b.) we love these items. Ipso facto: they’ll love ’em too. So peruse our outdoorsy gift guide, find their favorite new thing (from sustainable outdoor gear to cozy clothing to quirky stocking stuffers), and gift stress-free this season!
It’s November! And that not only means store are disgustingly over-decked with red and green, but the holiday shopping season has begun! And it starts in earnest with Black Friday. But the sales have started early this year! So we rounded up some of the best Black Friday Sales on outdoor gear from across the web so you can get your shopping done pronto. Check out all the baller deals now!
We a good ultralight backpacking tent here at Terradrift. Any ultralight backpacking gear, really. So we couldn’t have been more stoked to get our hands on the Durston X-Mid 2. We put it to the test recently to see if it was impressive enough to replace our beloved UL Big Agnes Tiger Wall. Spoilers: It sure the heck is. Read or watch to find out how and why.