Gear We Love: Issue 101

Goodies for your active lifestyle

1. MSR Lightning Explore Women’s Snowshoes

Take on the most challenging of winter treks with MSR’s Lightning Explore women’s snowshoes. These snowshoes integrate all the latest technologies, offering reliably stellar performance, comfort and ease.

MSR 360° Traction™ frames feature advanced, edge-to-edge grip, and the all-new HyperLink™ bindings implement a fast, simplified ratchet system and EVA foam cushions that cradle the foot for all-day comfort. In addition, Ergo™ Televators — engaged with a flick of a pole grip — make easier work of steeper slopes, and Modular Flotation tails allow for the maneuverability of a smaller snowshoe while optional, five-inch tails can be added on for more versatility.

Made in the USA of domestic and imported parts.

MSRP: $279.95

msrgear.com

2. Chums Upcycled Cotton Eyewear Retainer

Wow, here’s to you, Chums! We love a company that has our environment in mind. The Chums Upcycled Cotton Eyewear Retainer is constructed from a high-performance blend of 52% upcycled cotton and 48% post-consumer recycled PET bottles. AND it’s made right here in the USA … in Hurricane, Utah. Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability while rocking your eyewear in style.

It’s worth noting that no matter what product you choose at Chums, you are supporting a green business. The company believes in acting responsibly and ethically in all aspects of its business, supporting green initiatives and buying power using Blue Sky Renewable Energy. All cardboard, aluminum, paper and plastic are recycled. Incoming and outgoing shipments are bulk packed using a minimum of filler and cartons. Catalogs, flyers and brochures are printed on recycled paper. Lastly, local manufacturing also reduces transportation, lowering its carbon footprint.

MSRP: $8.99 each / $53.94 for a six-pack

chums.com

3. RinseKit Portable Shower

Adventurers rejoice! Rinse your gear, pet(s) and own sweaty self with this unique pressurized shower/clean up system. The RinseKit is the only portable shower to boast the pressure of a garden hose without pumping or having to use batteries. After that rigorous mountain bike ride or peak bagging day, enjoy up to four minutes of spray to rejuvenate you back at camp. Cyclists can also use the RinseKit to give their bikes some post-ride love!

Water conservation is naturally important to many an adventurer. With the RinseKit’s pressurization system, water usage is extremely efficient allowing you to use only the water you need for your rinse. Want a warm shower? The RinseKit is insulated, so just fill up with hot water from your home tap using the Hot Water Sink Adapter.

The RinseKit hose quickly attaches to your water spigot with a quick connect coupler and fills the two gallon pressure chamber with approximately 65 psi of water pressure (standard home pressure) in 20 seconds … and it can hold that pressure for up to one month. Come rinse time, simply attach the spray nozzle to the RinseKit hose with the quick coupler, select one of the seven spray settings and shower on!

MSRP: $74.95

rinsekit.com

4. Big Agnes Cabin Creek 15° Double Bag

There’s nothing quite like getting cozy with your honey in the backcountry. With the Big Agnes Doublewide Series you get a roomy sleeping space without adding bulk. We love the Cabin Creek 15 as our adventures take us into some pretty cold temps. Boasting Hotstream® insulation along with Big Agnes’ softest technical sleeping bag fabric, this bag is soft and smooth to the touch. So dreamy!

The bag features an integrated full pad sleeve design (which accepts a double wide pad or two single pads side by side). Stretch fabric panels on the side of the pad sleeve accommodate pads of different thicknesses. No more pads slipping and sliding from under you!

Use the top corner hand pockets to wrap the bag around your shoulders like you do with your comforter at home. For further comfort, the Free Range Hood design gives you the freedom to lift your head while snuggled in the hood; and the low profile cordlock lets you un-cinch the hood with one hand.

Additionally, the Cabin Creek Pillow Barn keeps your pillow tucked in tight all night. Other cozy attributes include a No-draft collar, No-draft wedge, No-draft zipper, and No-draft center flap. Double zippers allow entry from either side of bag and when unzipped allows top of bag to be used like a comforter. Ahhh, sweet dreams.

MSRP: $269.95

bigagnes.com

5. Body Glide FOR HER Balm

Ladies, we found it — that perfect all day protection you’ve been searching for! Body Glide FOR HER anti chafing moisturizing balm’s vitamin enriched formula helps retain skin moisture with a dry, invisible barrier against chafing, irritation and raw skin caused by rubbing. And it never feels wet or greasy!

Before you don those running tights or cycling chammy, just apply with the easy stick to inner thighs, around your sports bra, and wherever else your skin is sensitive to rubbing. Body Glide FOR HER is effective and longlasting for daily use in demanding conditions. No petroleum, lanolin or mineral oils. Made with allergen free, plant-derived ingredients, this formual is vegan approved and never tested on animals. It’s rich in Vitamins A, B, E and F to help hydrate skin and retain moisture. Ideal for sensitive, dry, cracked skin. Sweat resistant. Child safe.

MSRP: $4.99 – $9.99

bodyglide.com

6. Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

Quality, comfortable trekking poles for under $50? Huh? But it’s true. Montem takes pride in designing exceptional gear while successfully keeping the price down without cutting costs on production.

Not only are the poles well crafted out of sturdy materials, they are extremely comfortable in hand. The extension mechanisms are easy to use — even with cold fingers! — and firmly keep their position as you move along on a wide array of terrain. Set up couldn’t be simpler, with easy clasps and clear numbering. The oh-so-soft wrist strap is also simple to adjust. Who has time to waste messing  with adjustments when there is trail to explore?

The Ultra Strong poles we tested are made of extra durable aluminum, but the company also offers a carbon alternative. Grips are made with nonslip EVA foam for optimum grip. Add carbide crafted tips, with interchangeable mud baskets as well as rubber tips, and there’s a superior pole for any adventure.

MSRP: $49.99

montemlife.com

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