1. Mountainsmith Modular Hauler 4
Want to spend more time on the trail and less time looking for your stuff? Mountainsmith has created the perfect system for keeping your cycling gear organized.
The cube-shaped Modular Hauler 4 is designed to fit on a garage shelf and easily tossed into your vehicle. Designate one of the four fitted totes for “ride-ready” items such as shoes, gloves, helmet, water bottle, safety glasses – everything you need to get out the door and on the bike stored in one place. Stash the rest of your gear in the remaining three totes and grab the whole thing for road trips – you’ll never worry about missing a crucial item again!
MSRP $99.95 • mountainsmith.com
2. Cotopaxi Nepal 65L
In the market for a high quality backpack for multi-day Sierra excursions? Cotopaxi combines inspired design with a mission for social justice, raising the bar for social entrepreneurship. Each purchase of a functional and durable Cotopaxi pack provides three weeks of schooling for a Nepalese child.
The Nepal 65L is a cutting edge pack weighing in at just 3lbs 14 oz. With multiple dual-purpose features (like a trekking pole system that doubles as an exterior pocket and a water bladder reservoir that pulls out and becomes a day pack), this minimalist pack has been designed with every contingency in mind.
MSRP $229 • cotopaxi.com
3. Lowa Ferrox GTX
This ultra-lightweight hiking boot provides substantial heel and ankle support considering how light it is. We find it an excellent choice for longer summer backpacking trips. With excellent arch support and a trail platform that is just a little beefier than your standard running shoe, the Ferrox GTX is perfect for strong hikers who like to move quickly across varied terrain. If you can hike all day in a pair of running shoes but worry about your ankles with a heavier pack, this boot may be ideal for you. If there is a little snow on the trail in spring conditions, don’t worry – the lining is waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex.
MSRP $175 • lowaboots.com
4. Sweat Buster
Some people solve the problem of sweat getting in their eyes by tying a bandana around their heads, but most find that to be uncomfortable. The Sweat Buster offers a comfy, secure alternative. It’s a pad that attaches with a Velcro strip along the front of your helmet, becoming fully integrated. Do yourself a favor and order one right away to tame the rest of this season’s sweat!
MSRP $12.99 • traxfactory.com
5. prAna Leanne Skirt
The prAna Women’s Leanne Skirt is a dream come true! Comfortable and flattering with a roll-down waistband, you can wear it low on the hips or high on the waist. From a practical point of view, you’ll be thrilled with how well it breathes, wicks away sweat and quickly dries. Coming to just above the knee, it’s the perfect length for mobility and coverage. From day trips in the city to camping weekends, this skirt will quickly become your go-to wardrobe staple.
MSRP $65 • prana.com
6. RePEeaT Bamboo Utensil Set
This bamboo flatware set perfectly suits life on the go. The fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks set stores in a durable pouch equiped with a handy caribiner and is an excellent solution to disposable plastic cutlery. The eco-friendly, portable utensils are made of durable and sustainable bamboo, won’t absorb flavors, are safe to use on non-stick, and are stain- and heat-resistant. The carrying case is equally eco-friendly, being made from recycled plastic bottles (PET). Pick up a set to keep on hand with your camping/backpacking gear or stashed in your vehicle for your next spontaneous adventure. Kid-sized versions are also available.
MSRP $12.95 • http://store-jfohpy.mybigcommerce.com/bamboo-utensils/
7. ENO Twilights Camping Lights
Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) is well-known for making the best camping hammocks on the market. ENO also makes other high quality products ideal for family camping and backpacking trips, including battery-powered string lights that create a fun-festive atmosphere around camp after the sun goes down.
MSRP $19.95 • eaglesnestoutfitters.com