Arc’teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant

Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket and Pant Practical Travel Gear

Given the cost of high-quality outdoor apparel, I need my preferred wear to be three-season-friendly, versatile, and durable. I was immediately drawn to the Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket and pant, both due to Arc'teryx's high standards and the many uses of the Zeta line. And don't worry guys...these exact items come in a men's version. See it all in one place here.Zeta AR Jacket: Certainly, it's possible to highly specialize when it comes to technical outdoor jackets. And sometimes, it's … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Women’s Pyramid Jacket

Big Agnes Women's Pyramid Jacket Practical Travel Gear

Did you know Big Agnes, maker of top-quality sleeping bags, pads, and tents, now makes men and women's apparel? Imagine the warmth, comfort, and lightweight convenience of a Big Agnes sleeping bag, and then picture sliding your arms into it like a jacket. That's how the women's Pyramid Jacket feels, and let me tell you...it's incredible.I'm a huge fan of down jackets and sweaters for all seasons, preferring this type of lightweight layering option to bulkier and heavier sweatshirts and … [Read more...]

Atlas Endeavor Snowshoes

Atlas Endeavor Snowshoes Practical Travel Gear

Snowshoeing is an accessible sport for the whole family to enjoy while traveling or while at home, and once everyone has the right equipment, it's very affordable. I've recommended several pairs of snowshoes for kids, and now it's the grown-ups' turn. The Atlas Endeavor is designed for both men and women (differentiated by size and weight category) and is an exciting choice for folks who want one snowshoe that can perform on trails and in the backcountry. It's easy to travel … [Read more...]

Stio Hometown Down Jacket for Kids

Stio Hometown Down Jacket for Kids Practical Travel Gear 1

I love outdoor wear companies who make kids' clothing with the same attention to quality and detail as their adult versions. At Stio, the kids' Hometown Down Jacket is just like Mom's and Dad's. Stio is based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, so they know winter and they know what outdoor travelers need. The designer of the Hometown jacket solicited feedback from his own outdoorsy kids when deciding which features to include in this light but substantial down jacket.I don't know about your … [Read more...]

Tubbs Snowglow Snowshoes for Kids

Tubbs Snowglow Snowshoes for Kids Practical Travel Gear

How do you improve any product designed for kids? Make sure it lights up, of course! The Tubbs Snowglow snowshoe is a slam-dunk for families who want to get out in the winter together. Designed for kids 4-8, the snowglow is lightweight, small enough to make steps even in deep snow manageable for little feet, and yes, it lights up with every step, much like your kid's favorite pair of sneakers.The light up feature is flashy, no doubt about it. They work with multicolor LED lights, a … [Read more...]

Muck Hale Boots for Women and Kids

Muck Hale Boots for Women and Kids Practical Travel Gear 2

If you live, play, or travel to locations where you're frequently in the outdoors in all conditions, owning a pair of Muck boots falls into the 'life hack' category. Or as I like to think of it, the 'Wow, why did it take me so long to get these?' category.Muck Boots have been around for a while, known well by farmers, ranchers, hunters, and gardeners for their durability and willingness to get through dirt, mud, and well, muck. The new Muck Hale comes in sizes and colors for women and kids … [Read more...]

Helly Hansen Stella Storm Jacket and Switch Cargo Pants

Helly Hansen Stella Storm Jacket and Switch Cargo Pants Practical Travel Gear

By mid-ski season, I usually know what gear and ski wear is working for me, and what's not. By February, I'm ready to make some adjustments and refresh. Just in time, I tried out two new pieces from Helly Hansen's winter ski line.Stella Storm Jacket: The Stella Storm jacket is a great outerwear piece if you want one jacket to do it all. No more shells for wet days, puffy down pieces for cold days, etc. The Stella Storm is a primaloft insulated jacket that's fully waterproof, so it … [Read more...]

Helly Hansen Mission Stoke Shell Jacket

Helly Hansen Mission Stoke Shell Jacket Practical Travel Gear

Ready for winter and the 2015 ski season? The Helly Hansen Mission Stoke Shell just might be the last ski jacket you need to buy for a long time. With every bell and whistle for bell-and-whistle-loving guys, this jacket plays just as hard in the backcountry as on the front side. There are many great features to this jacket, but here's the headliner: the H2 Flow system controls body temperature with mechanical ventilation.My husband tested out the Mission Stoke during four days of skiing in … [Read more...]

Craghoppers CompressLite PackAway Jackets

Craghoppers CompressLite PackAway Jackets Practical Travel Gear

Craghoppers has one of the best values in packable travel jackets I've seen in a long time. The CompressLite Packaway Jacket is made of a down-alternative, is incredibly lightweight for its price category, and includes all the features you need in a travel and outdoors jacket: a full hood, adjustable hem, and zippered pockets. The jacket stuffs into its own stuff sack, which comes included, or could easily be stuffed into a backpack outer pocket, a roller bag pocket, or a ski bag.The … [Read more...]

ColdPruf Merino Wool Classic Base Layers

ColdPruf Merino Wool Classic Base Layers Practical Travel Gear

It's ski season in the Northern Hemisphere, and we're already wearing our ColdPruf base layers! I love ColdPruf's performance layer line, made with thin polyester and spandex, but my teens are pickier. They want a layer that feels more natural against their skin, so as they ski today--yes, right now--they're trying out ColdPruf's Classic line, made of 100% Merino wool.ColdPruf Classic Top:My boys don't realize it, but the reason they love the feel of Merino wool is due to its natural … [Read more...]