I love being outside and I love testing out gear that helps me enjoy being outside for longer periods of time, during all times of the year, and in different weather and temperatures.
Patagonia R1 Pullover - Men's
One of my favorite things to put on in a variety of temperatures
I initially purchased this hoodless R1 as an midlayer for use with my Nano Air Hoody on cold winter hikes. It works well for that application, but it's also great as an outer layer on brisk fall or early spring hikes. In addition, I find myself wearing this thing during chilly tennis matches and just around town! It's super comfy, has a little stretch to it, and is super breathable for any active application.
UGQ Outdoor Bandit Quilt
One of my favorite pieces of gear!
If you are looking to make the switch from a sleeping bag to a quilt, the UGQ bandit is definitely worth your consideration! Very competitive prices, and an endless selection of colors and customizations. They also have quilts that are ready to ship if you aren't as picky with the specs. I have the slightly older version with the snap closure foot box, but either way it's kept me super warm down close to its temperature rating! The provided pad strap will help keep drafts out. My bandit is super cozy with the materials they use, and it's also incredibly light, helping you keep that base weight down!
Therm-A-Rest Therm-a-Rest Neoair Uberlite Orion Sleeping Pad
More versatile and resilient than most people think!
I've used this pad now on several backpacking and camping trips ranging from summer conditions to now mid-fall temps down to about 35F. First off, at 8oz for a regular sized pad, this thing disappears in your pack. Since the R-Value is low, you may hesitate to use it in cooler conditions, but for me it has been good and warm! As long as there is no snow or ice on the ground, I'd venture to say you can take this down around freezing comfortably. Best part is, if you are going to be in more inclement conditions, it pairs perfectly with a thin foam pad like the Gossamer Gear 1/8" Thinlight to keep you super warm on top of cold or wet conditions! I was also afraid I might experience some resilience issue since the material is so thin, but I haven't had any issues thus far and I don't exactly baby my gear.
Nitecore -NU25-BLACK 360 Lumen Rechargeable LED Headlamp - Black
Inexpensive and UL?!
This little light is an amazing value! Under $40 gives you a bright light with super simple controls - one button for the red light and a separate button for the white light. My favorite feature is that the lights cycle from lowest to highest setting, which allows you to better control inadvertently blinding people in camp. Also, the 360 lumen setting is so bright I rarely need to use it, my go-to around camp is the medium setting. I LOVE this thing and bring it with my on all my hikes and even walks around town. At 1 ounce, it all but disappears in any pack (or pocket).
Zpacks Arc Haul 62L Backpack
The perfect backpack for people who need flexibility
I absolutely love my Arc Haul. After extensive research on UL backpacks over the course of months, what ultimately lead me to purchasing from Zpacks was that this pack is SUPER modular. With many of the UL packs, they are super customizable, however, you choose your options at the beginning and they are mostly sewn into the backpack. With the Zpacks Arc Haul, nearly all of the add-ons and custom options can be added and removed pretty easily! I love that if i want to switch things around on the pack I can do that, where as with other packs, once you make your choices you basically have to just live with them. Overall, the Arc Haul is quite comfortable - nicely padded shoulder straps and hipbelt, and the Arc system gives you great ventilation. Additionally, the Gridstop material used for this version of the pack (as opposed to the DCF used for the Arc Blast) is super durable, withstanding a good amount of abrasion on rocks of narrow passages and sharp twigs and bushes. I am SUPER happy with this pack!
CNOC Outdoors Vecto 2L Water Container
I have the first generation of this Water container - main difference is the cap and the slider are not attached. That being said, this is a piece of gear that I literally take on every hike. It's lightweight, packs down small, and is almost bombproof. I find the 2L version to be the perfect size for me, as I also carry 2 1-liter smart water bottles. Throw in a Sawyer Squeeze and you have the perfect water filtration kit!
Ex Officio Give N Go Boxer Briefs
Awesome for backpacking, travel, and overall daily wear!
I literally wear these daily. Perfect for long days at work, on the trail, or during travel - they resist the stink extremely well and they dry super quickly after washing them. They can be worn multiple days in a row because of these two properties! When I travel I usually wear one pair and bring one or two in my luggage, and I'm good for extended trips! Just wash them in the sink and you're good to go. A dream for one-baggers and backpackers alike!
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
Tried and true water filter
Love this filter. It is tried and true amongst weekend backpackers and thru-hikers alike. Super reliable and very versatile with its standard thread pattern that fits water containers other that the bags it comes with. In addition it's relatively small and very light, so it's a no-brainer to keep it in your pack, even on day hikes!
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoes
I really love these shoes! Instant comfort; I feel like I'm wearing slippers on the trail! Excellent protection from roots and rocks though, without being too tall of a stack. Very decent grip as well, skip across smooth rocks with confidence in these.
Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap Stock
Forget rain pants, you need a rain wrap!
The rain wrap is the absolute answer for those who can't deal with rain pants! When it's 90 degrees and the thunder starts clapping, I no longer need to hesitate when putting on my rain gear!With the Enlightened Equipment Rain Wrap, I don't have to sacrifice breathability for some dryness in a downpour. Easy to throw on over whatever you have on, comfortable to hike and move around in, and doesn't way you down. This thing weighs next to nothing and packs down super small.its also super versatile - you can also use it as a ground cloth to keep your other things clean, and it has tie-outs that allow you to use it as a small tarp! Great value for the price.
Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Long Sleeve Shirt - Men's
Perfect for trail and travel!
I've already loved this shirt for hiking and backpacking for about a year - it's super lightweight and has UPF protection, so it's perfect for long days in the hot sun. I spent 3 weeks in Europe recently, and this shirt came with me everywhere! Not only is it great for sun protection, but it's also nice as a light wind layer when the breeze starts up in the alpine region it near the sea. It also allows you to feel a bit more presentable than just wearing a t-shirt when you're heading into the museums or a cafe. Love this shirt!
Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Short-Sleeve Shirt - Men's
Another home run for Patagonia
This shirt is impossibly soft and comfortable for being completely synthetic! I wear it both on the trail and just on hot days - a super versatile shirt. On a recent hike in the Bavarian Alps, we got caught in a pretty intense downpour and this shirt got soaked. Luckily the hut we were staying at had a drying room. To my surprise, this shirt was the first piece out of all of our equipment that was dry! We went ahead and purchased one for my SO after the trip!
Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody - Men's
The perfect combination of comfort and performance
Honestly the most comfortable jacket I own. The epitome of active insulation! It's light, breathable, and has some stretch while at the same one being deceptively warm! It is my go-to cold weather insulating layer. The fit is great and allows for a layer or two underneath - when it's very cold I like to wear a long sleeve base layer and a mid layer fleece beneath this jacket. The hood also has a great fit around the head and mouth without need of a drawcord.