Goodies for your active lifestyle
Kula Cloth, where have you been all our lives? This simple yet sublimely designed piece of cloth is not only a women’s backpacking essential, but also a proven convenience for road trips and other adventurous endeavors. It’s even useful at home in support of green living!
This “pee cloth extraordinaire” far surpasses the usual bandana or swatch of flannel. It’s made from advanced silver-infused textiles purposely intended to be in contact with the human body. Amazingly, its one layer of silver absorbent fabric is equal to three layers of microfiber terry and six of french terry. Of course, the cloth boasts antimicrobial properties, and its high-tech textiles resist odor. Retro-reflective thread makes it easy to find in the middle of the night, and its nifty double snap feature makes it a breeze to fold up discreetly when not in use.
So, bid farewell to toilet paper (no fun for the environment) and the drip-dry dance (no fun for the gals), and order one or two … or three … Kula Cloths. You’ll be happy you did.
MSRP: $20.00-22.00 • kulacloth.com
When life gets wet, count on the Advanced Elements Blast22 to keep your things dry and protected.
This roomy, comfortable backpack will be your best buddy on rainy bicycle commutes, weekend paddles, and more. It boasts a rolltop opening that makes loading and unloading the pack a breeze; plus water can’t sneak in through the top when it’s properly rolled closed.
The Blast22 is made from TPU-coated 210d nylon with welded seam construction that keeps dust and water securely out. Your back will stay ventilated, comfortable, and dry thanks to the bag’s padded mesh back panel. Plus, an adjustable sternum strap will keep the pack in place; no annoying shifting. A water resistant front zip pocket offers easy access to essentials, while exterior gear loops allow for attaching external items if needed. Capacity: 22 liters; weight: 17.75 ounces.
MSRP: $99.99 • advancedelements.com
The Zenbivy Light Bed is the outdoor sleep system you’ve been dreaming of … or, to be more exact, longing for all those sleepless nights tossing around in your tent trying to get comfortable.
No more constricting yourself in a mummy bag with no space to move; no more sliding off your pad every time you finally fall asleep. The Zenbivy Light Bed is an unbelievably lightweight quilt/sheet combo that you use in conjunction with your own pad and pillow (both available through Zenbivy, too). The sleep system is as easy to set up as it is easy to stow and carry in your backpack.
There’s a lot to love about the Zenbivy Light Bed. We’re especially impressed with its versatility: configure the quilt with a closed foot box (a la mummy bag) or rectangular one; partially open or fully open. An ingenius hook & loop system replaces heavy zippers, and the sheet is designed with a cozy hood to keep your head warm. You simply won’t believe how soft the ultralight fabric is, and how compactly everything packs down, while lofting up so beautifully.
40, 25 and 10 degree options. Synthetic or down. Regular, Large, and XL available. Lightest set comes in at 2 lb 4 oz; compressing to about 4L.
Simply put: the Zenbivy Light Bed puts a sheet on your mattress, and tucks you in with a blanket. It’s your bed at home in the great outdoors.
MSRP: $214.00-419.00 • zenbivy.com
As SCARPA says, “The starting point in our climbing career is of fundamental importance. It gives rise to the genetic building blocks that shape our climbing lives.”
To that end, this shoe is the ideal choice for women new to rock climbing, with its women-specific fit, and lush leather upper that gives a sense of padded luxury rare in a shoe designed for beginners. A flat profile and relatively relaxed randing invite the climber’s feet into a cocoon of comfort. Feet remain snug and well-positioned due to a hook-and-loop closure.
SCARPA’s proprietary “Vision” rubber offers both a sticky and resilient feel for the range of conditions those new climbing feet will take on. The Women’s Origin can be resoled, promising years of climbing in your favorite shoe. Comes in Green Blue/Smoke.
MSRP: $95.00 • scarpa.com
There’s nothing quite like refueling with a hearty stew or soup at the end of a big day of adventure. Good To-Go has recently released two new recipes that you’ll definitely want to bring along on your next fall backpacking trip or backcountry ski or snowshoe excursion. These meals are so tasty and healthy that they even make a great option for a quick dinner at home — all you need is boiling water and in minutes you have a delicious meal!
The Kale and White Bean Stew is both vegan and gluten-free, while the New England Corn Chowder is pescatarian and gluten-free. Low in sodium and made with no preservatives, Good To-Go offers a full range of meals to suit all diets. Meals come in single and double sizes.
MSRP: $7.25-12.95 • goodto-go.com
This incredibly lightweight and remarkably soft 100% Australian merino wool long sleeve t-shirt is the perfect top for fall adventures. In fact, it’s so versatile, you’ll reach for it in the springtime, on cool summer mornings and evenings, and as a base layer in the winter.
Its unparalleled softness isn’t all that will keep you comfortable — this tee features tagless construction and flatlock seams to prevent chafing. The merino wool is breathable, moisture-wicking, and antimicrobial, making this top your go-to for all adventures … or even for simply staying cozy at home.
UPF rating 25; comes in a variety of flattering colors.
Browse the Woolx website to discover their full range of tops for all style preferences.
MSRP: $64.00 • woolx.com
As beer lovers and avid Beer Earners (shameless plug: earnyourbeer.com), we were thrilled to discover these delicious non-alcoholic brews. Husband and wife team Tammer and Donna from Campbell, CA accomplished the inconceivable — crafting a great tasting beer with zero alcohol (and very few calories).
A couple of the Surreal recipes — Chandelier Red IPA and Natural Bridges Kolsch — are not only alcohol-free, but gluten-reduced as well. Other Surreal brews include 17 Mile Porter and Juicy Mavs Hazy IPA. Available on-line and at select stores.
Cheers to more and more folks being able to Earn Their Beer!
MSRP: $12.99/6-pack; 25.98/12-pack; 51.96/24-pack • surrealbrewing.com
This handy strap allows for an ergonomic and secure — yet relaxed — grip on your smartphone, preventing devastating data loss and costly repairs from accidentally dropping it. The Phone Loop Grip Strap seamlessly fits any smartphone case, using reliably strong 3M adhesive that leaves no trace. At just .6mm, the strap lays flat — no bulk to it. Choose from a wide variety of colors and patterns. Customize with your logo at extra cost. Wrist strap version also available.
MSRP: $5.99 • phoneloops.com