Hi my name is Jess, I’m an avid outdoors woman and love hiking, biking, mtb, rock climbing, trail running, mountaineering, camping, and backpacking. I also hike dogs as part of my pet sitting business, so happy to review dog outdoor gear too!
Garmin Forerunner 45 GPS Watch
This watch tracks your calories, distance, and has various mode for tracking your activity like “run outdoors” “walk” “bike” and “cardio”. It’s been fun seeing how far I go on the bike or a run and not having to look at my phone or track on my phone. It also comes in a sleek teal colored band that’s more feminine that most other watches I’ve seen.
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch
Love this watch! It’s actually fun to use
I debated on getting a watch for awhile and what kind and ultimately landed on a Garmin Forerunner 35 and love it. I decided not to get one with GPS b/c I have apps on my phone that can easily do that for me and GPS watches cost $$$. The Garmin Forerunner 35 was much more affordable; it’s comfortable to wear and not overly sized (the teal color is cute and the band fits on my skinny wrist), it shows calories burned resting and active, your heart rate, and you can record activities like run/ walk / bike/ cardio for tracking mileage, pace, laps, calories, and vO2 max. I also like that I can look at my watch for the time rather than my phone. You can also set it to alert you when you get a text or phone call if you want, plus hook it up to other app features like Apple Music and weather. It’s durable (but I did get a screen protector too since it’s glass and I’m so active).
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket
I LOVE this jacket ❤️
I’ve worn it up Mount Rainer and to the brewery. It’s super functional and stylish. It’s ultra light weight - good for mild to cold temps if you’re moving or as a thin down layer of you’re in extra cold temps. It’s fitted nicely too which makes it great for around town as well. Packs SUPER light into your bag for overnight extended trips. I don’t leave home without it backpacking or summiting a big peak.
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack
Love this ultra bag and comfy straps!
This is the only ultra light bag I’ve found that has cushy shoulder padding! As a woman I’ve found my boney shoulders take a toll backpacking with most backpacks and I’ve even gotten bruises on longer trips, until I tried the Exos! I’ve used it on everything from short overnights to a 9 day trip through the Sierras (bear canister and all), and it did great every time. I’ve had mine 5 years now and it’s still going strong.