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Marmot Expedition Mitts
LOVE these mittens! I’ve tried several brands and styles of gloves and mittens over the years and none have worked as well as these Marmot Expedition Mitts! I’ve used these in extreme temps and conditions without hand warmers and my hands stay toasty warm all day. These mitts are soft and pliable, and not bulky although they look like they are. They work EXTREMELY well with skiing. Gotta love the wrist strap too! I have wicking glove and mitten liners that I sometimes use with them, especially during wet or warmer conditions to keep the mitts dry on the inside. If you suffer from cold hands and fingertips during the winter, these mitts are definitely worth the spend!
L.L.Bean Waterproof Trail Model Hikers - Kid's
Happy feet = happy hikers!
If you’re looking for a sturdy hiking boot that does it all, is reasonably priced and not too bulky, this is it! I’ve purchased several hiking boots for my son over the years, and by far these boots have exceeded all the others. So much that I bought this same boot every year in a larger size until my son wasn’t able to fit into the size 6, which is the largest they come in for kids - although, they do run about a half to full size big, so while he was actually able to wear these boots while he was in a size 7 sneaker. These boots are durable and very sturdy. My son has used them on backpacking trips, and backcountry hikes from early spring through late fall. In mud, snow, rain, steep climbs, wet rocks and roots, exposed rocks and slides, etc. They are insulated, waterproof, have excellent grip (which is very important while hiking in the backcountry) and are very comfortable. He never got hot spots or blisters from wearing these boots, even after long 20+ miles days.
LifeProof iPhone 6/6S Lifeproof Case
Protects your phone from the elements!
I bought the LifeProof FRE cases simply to protect my phone from the elements, and drops. I spend most of my free time outdoors running, biking, hiking, skiing, etc. I wanted something that would protect my phone from all of the elements. This case is pretty durable, and not too bulky considering the amount of protection it provides. Some things I really like about the case are the ability to use the touch screen and fingerprint id. It’s compatible with larger charging chords. It does protect your phone from the elements. I do find unscrewing the headphone jack to be a bit of a pain especially when I’m in a hurry to take a call and want to use my headphones. Using Bluetooth headphones takes care of that though. Also, the speaker is a little muffled sounding because of the way the case is designed to be waterproof. Opening the charger flap helps a little bit. Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons. It’s a quality made case and it does the job!
Gregory Miwok 18L Pack
I bought this pack for my son to use as a daypack for hiking and mountain biking. It’s a nice smaller pack that’s roomy enough for the essentials! It has an exterior expandable stuff pocket, which is super convenient, it also works as a bike helmet pouch on biking trips. The waist straps have pockets which are large enough to hold a phone, headlamps, etc. and there’s a separate pocket on the top of the pack for additional smaller items outside of the main compartment. The pack has bladder reservoir, and pockets for water bottom on each side. A nice minimalist daypack!
Tiny Big Adventure Sierra Ultralight Camping Pillow With Luxurious Soft Peach Brush Pillow Case
It’s all in the name!
These pillows are tiny, and they pack a big punch! I came across these pillows a few years ago and figured I would try them out. They weigh less than 4 oz, and seriously fit in the palm of your hand. I love everything about this pillow. You can adjust the inflation/thickness to whatever feels good for you...from soft to firm. The pillow is actually wide enough to fit your head on comfortably. The material is soft on your face and wicking. The valve is super durable and it literally takes just a couple puffs of air to inflate. The pillow also folds up easily and stuffs right into the pillowcase, so there’s no need to worry about misplacing a stuff sack. I use this pillow backpacking, car camping, lounging on the beach, sleeping in my hammock, etc. It’s just the right size, and can handle any adventure!
Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon
I look forward to this breakfast when backpacking!
I love Mountain House scrambled eggs with bacon! It cooks up quickly and is very tasty. Some of the mountain house meals can be too filling. This meal is just the right amount to get you started in the morning. Throw it in a tortilla shells for a quick and easy breakfast wraps!
MSR Evo Ascent Snowshoes
Great backcountry snowshoe!
I’ve used these for a few years now in the backcountry. They are great snowshoes, lightweight and not too bulky. These snowshoes are also quick and easy to get on and off. The strap system is a lot easier than it looks and are very secure. The steel traction rails and crampons provide enough traction to get you to the summit without having to change over to full crampons, and the televator heel lifts are a nice feature to have on steep ascents!
The North Face Summit L3 Down Hooded Jacket - Women's
Warmth without the weight!
I love this jacket! It’s seriously warm and lightweight. It’s my go to winter jacket right now. It fits great, doesn’t ride up around your waistline, the cuffs are just the right length to keep your wrists warm and the two extra pockets - one on the chest and one inside the jacket are very convenient especially when on the slopes or trails. This jacket has kept me warm in all elements. I layer with a base layer and fleece underneath in frigid temps and still feel completely comfortable and mobile. Also dries quickly when wet.
Garcia Bear-Resistant Container
Keep yourself and bears safe!
The Backpacker’s Cache Bear Resistant Canister is durable, easy to use and carry. It weighs around 3 lbs empty. Carrying is easy inside your pack, or in a carrying case strapped to the outside of your pack. It’s large enough to store a backpacking stove, food and personal hygiene products for 2-3 days easily.
Corkcicle Dipped 25oz Canteen
Stylish insulated canteen!
I received this Corkcicle canteen as a gift last year. I use this a lot during the summer because it keeps cold beverages cold all day long and doesn’t produce condensation. The grip bottom is a nice feature, and the wider small mouth is convenient for cleaning the canteen.
Avalanche Mogul Fleece Pants - Women's
Quality cold weather pants!
I purchased these pants a few years ago and primarily use them for xcountry skiing and mild cold-weather hiking. The are great as a top layer over leggings and provide enough warmth while you move along on the trail. The leg is wide enough at the bottom to cover your boots and help keep snow from going into your boots when gaiters aren’t available.
Hillsound Trail Pro Crampon
Don’t get stuck on the ice!
I purchased a couple pairs of these after getting turned around on the trail when I needed more traction than why my Katoola MICROspikes could provide. The spikes are longer than those in the MICROspikes allowing for better traction over very icy trail conditions. They are easy to get on and off and are lightweight and durable. You can strap these right over your hiking boots and the Crampons will flex with your foot. The ratchet binding is a great feature, which allows for a nice secure fit. These are great for heavy duty backcountry winter hiking when you need something aggressive enough to get you to the summit, but a step down from actual ice climbing.
L.L.Bean Vector XL 6-Person Tent
The bomb shelter!
I’ve used this tent a few years now for car camping trips along the east coast (NY - Adirondacks region, North Carolina - blue ridge mountains region, Vermont and Maine). In downpours, thunderstorms, windstorms, hail and bright sunny weather. This is a very durable and waterproof shelter! To start, for the size it’s actually really quick and easy to set up with two people, and definitely doable with one. Everything about this tent is sturdy and well made, from the poles and steaks to the tent material itself and the tent fly and vestibule. There’s plenty of room inside the tent to stand up and spread out gear, etc. The tent has two entrances and vestibules which allows plenty of room for wet shoes and gear. The waterproof fly and vestibule come all the way down to the ground which is important with high winds. The flaps on both doors unzip fully to allow for good ventilation when the vestibules are closed. The main vestibule also has a nice window to let daylight in, but also closes up for privacy. The tent footprint which is sold separately attaches securely to the tent corners, and is definitely worth the investment. The tent is easy to disassemble and packs back up nicely in the bag.
Gander Mountain Ultimate Terrain Trailhead Convertible Pant - Women's
Fits like a good pair of hiking pants should!
I purchased these hiking pants a few years ago while at a gander mountain store. One thing I’ve found hard to find are a nice fitting, comfortable yet durable pair of convertible hiking pants. These fit like a glove all around. I loved these pants so much that I went back to the store and purchased two more pair to have on hand. The durable water repellent finish helps to keep you dry, and the UPF 50 helps to protect your skin from harmful rays. The zippered side pocket is a nice feature and perfect size for a map or cell phone. The pant legs zip off at the knee (just above for me) which I love and use this convertible feature a lot. The pant legs aren’t too baggy, but just wide enough to fit nicely over your boots.
L.L.Bean Bean Boots - Women's
This is what the Bean boot rave is all about!
I waited to jump on the bean duck boot fashion wagon and oh do I regret it! One thing that I don’t like is having cold feet in the winter so I caved and purchased these L.L. Bean boots in the Women's, 8" Gore-Tex/Thinsulate model. I’ve had the for 2 years now and absolutely love them. This model costs a little more, but the trade off is worth it. You can wear these with or without wool socks and your feet will be toasty warm and dry! They are waterproof, repellent and have good traction making them a great fit for any type of weather!
L.L.Bean Boundless Perfomance Tights
Great mid-weight tights for any adventure!
I love these Boundless Performance Tights by L.L. Bean! They’re extremely comfortable and durable enough to hold up to the good ole’ Adirondack butt sliding. I’ve literally beat these leggings up and they are still as good as new. I’ve hiked, biked, ran, worked out and xcountry skied miles upon miles in these leggings. They are durable and made to withstand the adventurous soul! I love the fact that they’re made of mid weight fabric, keeping you warm on cooler days, early mornings/late evenings and not too warm midday. The wicking material is also an important feature to have, especially on the trails. Oh, and they stay in place and hug your body really well - so less time hiking up your pants and more time hiking up mountains!
L.L.Bean Women's Day Trekker Day Pack
My go to summer day pack!
I’ve used this pack for a few years now, religiously! It’s my go to fair weather daypack. It’s comfortable, durable and roomy enough for a full fair weather day hike. It has plenty of room for the essentials. The boa-closure system is a nice feature, allowing you to tighten down your pack and keep everything secure on the trail. The outside pockets make it easy to get to smaller frequently used items. The two water bottle pockets on the outside are large enough to carry extra Nalgenes or collapsing bottles. The bladder pocket holds a 2L - 3L bladder perfectly, and securely depending on what size pack you have. I have this pack in the 25L, and the 27L for my son. It’s a tight fit getting a full bladder in and the hose through the opening, but once it’s in there’s no fussing around with it on the trails. The adjustable pocket on the outside of the pack is convenient for stuffing in extra layers or gear, as well as the designated map pocket. This is definitely a rugged pack that doesn’t compromise comfort. The only thing I would change is having the smaller pockets added onto the waist belt.
L.L.Bean AT 38 Day Pack
Great Winter Daypack!
I use this pack a lot during winter months. It has plenty of room for extra layers, and I love the beaver tail feature on the outside of the pack for carrying snowshoes. This is especially handy for shoulder season when you’re carrying snowshoes, and spikes and switching back and forth. This is a nice quality pack that’s also comfortable and durable on the trails and in the backcountry.
Keen Arroyo II Hiking Sandal - Women's
Arroyo ll hiking sandal
The Arroyo ll hiking sandal is great for hiking in the backcountry and over rough terrain. Although a little heavy and on the bulky side, they do provide the protection your feet need. The soles are thick and durable and your toes stay protected with the reinforced toe box. The Keen Arroyo ll hiking sandal provides the breathability of a sandal and the protection of a hiking shoe!
Mophie Juice Pack Plus Battery Case
Great for a day away or an overnight without power!
I’ve used the Mophie Juice Pack for a couple years now with my iPhone 6S. I can get at least two full charges out of this pack which will easily get me through a full day hike or an overnight. I like the feature of this pack doubling up as a case and eliminating having to carry and extra charger pack and cord. It’s a snug fit and sometimes getting your phone out of the case can be a little tough. Overall, I find this as a valuable addition to my active lifestyle.
Swix Star XC 2.0 3-in-1 Gloves - Women's
Great xcountry ski glove
Warmth of a mitten and versatility of a glove. The Swix star xc 2.0 gloves are great for xcountry skiing, giving you the warmth and flexibility in one. They are lined with primaloft insulation, keeping your hands warm without all of the bulk. The longer cuffs are nice for blocking out snow and wind.
The North Face Novelty Glacier Pullover - Women's
Stay warm on the slopes!
If you’re like me and staying warm is a priority, this North Face Alpine Glacier shirt is for you. I love how lightweight and comfortable this shirt is. It provides comfort and warmth without bulk, which is important when you’re moving around on the slopes, or in the backcountry.
Eureka Silver City 30D Mummy Bag
A great 3 season sleeping bag!
I’ve used the silver city sleeping bag for a few years. It’s a great bag, zips up nice and tight and keeps you warm throughout the night. I’ve used this bag for backpacking trips in the mountains, hammock sleeping and car camping. It’s definitely a great sleeping bag for the price. It comes with a stuff sack which is sometimes a little tricky trying to get the bag stuffed back in. Overall this is a great sleeping bag and ideal for many adventures!
L.L.Bean Down Sleeping Bag with DownTek, Rectangular 20°
Soft and warm!
I love this LL Bean DownTek Sleeping Bag. It’s very warm, soft, light and comfy! I’ve used it backpacking and car camping. Although not the most compact, it is pretty lightweight and packs up quickly and easily in the stuff sack.
Tubbs Flex ALP 22 Snowshoes - Women's
Perfect for backcountry winter hikes!
I’ve used the Flex Alp snowshoes for a few years now and absolutely love them. They are lightweight and easy to get on and off. They provide excellent traction and comfort while hiking in the backcountry. The heel lift is a nice feature to have on those steep ascents. The crampons do tend to ball up with snow sometimes, which is pretty common with any backcountry snowshoes. Spraying some cooking spray or applying a coat of wax can sometime help.
Nalgene Wide-Mouth Water Bottle - 32 fl. oz.
Love the wide mouth Nalgene
I have several Nalgene bottles and use them on a daily basis! They are super durable and another must have when hiking and backpacking. Love the fact they don’t hold onto smells from flavored beverages and also don’t have the plastic BPA taste. They can also serve as a dual purpose - at the end of the day, heat some water up in your campstove and fill your Nalgene with it and put it in your sleeping bag to help keep you warm through the night.
Shady Rays Classic - Deep Timber Polarized
Shady Rays Comfort
I wasn’t a fan of hiking or running with sunglasses on, only for the fact they feel heavy and out of place on my face. Over the summer I got a pair of shady rays classic deep timber style polarized sunglasses which I love. They are lightweight, they don’t slip off your face or bounce around while running, and they are super comfortable. They also fit well with hats. I also like the fact that you can order them in small.
L.L.Bean All-Conditions Waterproof Day Pack
Love at first hike!
The L.L.Bean All-Conditions Waterproof Pack stands up to it’s name! I’ve used the L.L.Bean All-Conditions Waterproof Pack for a couple years now during all weather conditions...rain, snow, sun, cold, etc. I love the feature of not having to use a rain shell over my pack, as well as not having to mess around with drying out your pack after the hike. Along with the main feature of this pack being weatherproof, it’s very comfortable and roomy enough for a full day hike!
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System
Kahtoola MICROspikes are the best! I made the mistake years ago of purchasing a cheap brand of microspikes which didn’t even hold up to one hike. Afterward, I went to EMS and purchased a couple pairs of Kahtoola MICROspikes. My son and I have used these microspikes religiously over the last 6+ years hiking in the Adirondacks. They have truly been a “hikesaver”, and a must if you don’t want to get turned around on the trails during colder seasons. They have also worked well in providing traction climbing slides covered with thick slime. The Kahtoola MICROspikes are excellent for hiking on icy and slick surfaces and have been one of my 3 season hiking essentials.
Mountain Hardwear Yumalina Fleece-Lined Pant - Women's
Toasty warm on the trails!
I’ve used these pants for a few years now and absolutely love them. They are soft, comfortable and durable and warm. These pants are great as a second layer for warmth and easy to shed when needed. They have certainly proved to be weather resistant, wicking and comfortable in all conditions.
Merkury Targus Grypton Pro XL Tripod
Lightweight and packable
I bought this Merkury Targus Grypton Pro XL Tripod as a more portable option over my full sized tripod. Pros - it’s flexible and easy to move with your camera attached. Easy to carry, it doesn’t take up a lot of space and attaches quickly to your camera. It’s pretty durable compared to other mini tripods. Cons - as it says, it’s made for smaller cameras. I do use this with my SLR, however my camera does tend to move due to the weight of it. Overall it’s a good purchase and I do use this a lot.
The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece Top - Women's
Who doesn’t love a good fleece?
I love my North Face Glacier Fleece so much I bought another! It’s super soft, warm and comfortable to wear. It’s a great option for those cool summer mornings and evenings, as well as laying during winter months. It’s also very lightweight and dries quickly.
Platypus SoftBottle 1.0L with Closure Cap
Great option for carrying water!
I have 3 of these platypus 1L collapsing water bottles and use them regularly! They fit in your pack and / or side pockets making them easy to carry. They’re also very durable. I love the fact that they roll up small and are ultralight once empty. I use these for day hikes, mountain biking, kayaking, backpacking or just traveling. During summer months I’ll freeze half a liter of water in them, and fill the rest with cold water before hitting the trail. I only use them for storing water, so cleaning is quick and easy!
Thermarest Basecamp Sleeping Pad
No more aching hips!
I purchased the Thermarest Basecamp Sleeping pad a couple years ago as an upgrade to a sleeping pad that was no longer providing the comfort that I needed. Although this pad is a little larger than other sleeping pads out there, I do take it backpacking (as well as car camping) and love getting a good night’s sleep on it. It provides a good bang for the buck for sure! The sleeping pad is self inflating, but giving it that extra inflation will make all the difference. The insulation is definitely suitable enough for tent camping, and the full length pad will keep you feeling comfortable from head to toe!
Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
Quite and Comfort!
I LOVE my Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones! They are pricey, but you pay for the quality. I’ve used these headphones for almost a year now. The noise canceling is amazing, and the sound will make you find reasons to wear the headphones 24/7! I use these at the gym, while running and while at work. They do have a built in mic which is convenient for taking calls. The battery lasts a long time which is another plus, and they charge very quickly! The main reasons for choosing the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones were for the sound quality and the comfort. I wanted something that sounded phenomenal, and fit like a glove and didn’t leave my ears hurting at the end of the day. These headphones have met my expectations by far. Well worth the investment!
Halo Bolt 58830 MWh Portable Phone Laptop Charger
Power on the go!
I bought the Halo Bolt 58830 MWh power bank to charge my phone, camera batteries and laptop on the go whether camping, backpacking or traveling. The pros are - it has enough power to charge my iPhone and camera battery fully several times and it holds a full charge while storing it. The cons are - it only charges my laptop to half charge. It’s a little bulky compared to other power banks and weighs almost 3lbs. I am able to keep my laptop at a full charge for around 5 hours with it plugged into the power bank, which is sufficient to get through a 7-8 hour day given you have 2-3 hours of battery life from a full charge. Overall I am happy with the product and have considered buying a second one.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Must have for any adventure!
Fast, compact, easy to carry and easy to use! I’ve used my JetBoil stove for a few years now and absolutely love it. It takes up minimal room in your pack and doesn’t require matches to light. It not only boils water in a flash, it also sets up in a flash! I have the frying pan, dishes set and coffee press also, which are a great addition. I do find myself using it primarily to boil water for meals and drinks especially while hiking in the backcountry to reduce the amount of cleanup.
Trx Tactical Gym
Get a full body workout anywhere with the TRX Tactical Gym
The TRX Tactical Gym is extremely portable, durable and easy to use. Take it to the gym or on the go. I bring my TRX suspension training with me while traveling or camping and even use it at home as a supplement to my regular training routine.
JBL Charge 4
Quality sound for a Bluetooth speaker!
Portable, great sounding Bluetooth speaker. I actually bought this for my son but find myself using it just as much as he does. I’m a Bose fan and this JBL has really grown on me. The speaker has a long lasting charge and the dual use as a power bank to charge our phones on the go is a plus! It’s waterproof which makes it great to take to the beach, in the kayak or along on a camping trip. It’s perfect for around the house as well.
Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera
Great camera for the price!
This camera has many features, is pretty easy to use with many point and shoot filters as well as manual mode, video and time lapse. The IPhone App is a great feature! It makes it easy to transfer your images to you phone via WiFi or Bluetooth. You can also use the app as a remote and shoot in live mode from your phone.
Eureka Sunriver 2P Dome Tent
Great for backpacking!
I’ve used this tent for backpacking for a few years now, spring through fall. It’s lightweight, super easy and quick to set up and dry out. It has been very durable. It’s roomy enough for two adults with some space for gear in the tent. The vestibule is roomy enough for boots and gear as well.
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe - Women's
My go to trail running shoe!
I have the GoreTex speedcross 4. I run in them weekly. They’re lightweight, waterproof and durable. I bought the GoreTex model specifically for running on muddy, snowy and slushy trails. They have proven to repellent and durable enough to withstand the trails in the Adirondacks. I would definitely buy them again!
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Backpack
Great for backpacking and shoulder season!
This is one of my go to packs for long day trips during shoulder season and backpacking trips. It’s very comfortable and has great ventilation. The side pockets make it convenient to get to smaller items on the trail. I’ve used this pack for a few years and would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a larger pack or an upgrade.
Sawyer MINI Water Filter
Backpacking must have!
Reliable, compact, easy to use and durable. I’ve used the Sawyer squeeze filter for a few years now. It is very simple to use, lightweight and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your pack. It’s great for day hikes as well as backpacking trips. I carry my Sawyer squeeze on almost every hike.
DeLorme InReach Explorer Two Way Satellite Communicator W/ Navigation
Must have for outdoor adventures!
I take my DeLorme inReach Explorer on all of my outdoor adventures. It pairs well with the Earthmate App, is easy to use and gives me a piece of mind while exploring in the backcountry. The battery is long lasting and the two way messaging and ability to share your location is a plus.
Platypus Hoser Hydration System 2L
Go to hydration bladder!
I’ve used the platypus hydration bladder for a few years now after trying other brands it’s now my go to hydration bladder. Affordable, reliable, durable, leakproof, easy to clean and BPA free. Excellent for day hikes, mountain biking and backpacking.