Gear Guide: Smartwool NTS Micro 150

Spring is here, and a breathable long-sleeve shirt is a must-have for chilly mornings that turn into blazing hot afternoons. My better half found the Smartwool NTS Micro 150 crew on clearance at REI, and its insane un-stinkability (scientific term) has made it a staple in our household. The NTS Micro 150 comes in a long-sleeved…

Gear Guide: AO Coolers Canvas 36-Pack Cooler

Coolers are a staple for any camping, road tripping, or day-drinking household. And while you can drop hundreds of dollars on a Yeti (and then constantly tell people it’s SO WORTH all that money), you could also just spend about $60 and get this one. We have put AO Coolers’ canvas cooler (36-pack size) to the test…

Gear Guide: Under Armour Storm Undeniable Duffle Bag

I recently took the plunge and joined a gym. I also recently got a duffle bag to make things official. This was not a New Years Resolution fluke, this was not something I did out of peer pressure, this was a lifestyle change! And by that, I mean I needed a better system than all…

Staying Safe When It Gets Dark At 5 P.M.

Ok, it’s not getting dark at five…yet. But it is starting to get dark earlier and earlier each week, and as fall turns into winter, you’re much more likely to be running in the dark. For about $40, you can make sure cars (and scooters, and hipsters on bikes, and skater bros) won’t miss you when…

You Blend Me Right Around Baby Right Round

Getting into shape/pursuing a healthy lifestyle usually goes hand in hand with adopting a serious affliction for smoothies, which also usually goes hand in hand with forking over a large sum of money for a blender. Rejoice, the Ninja Master Prep! Under $40, eligible for Amazon Prime shipping, what more could you possibly want? The…

One Bladder To Rule Them All: Adventures in Hydration

By now, I’ve realized that most people actually refer to bladders as reservoirs, but why pass up the opportunity to use a completely ridiculous term for outdoors gear? Plus, it’s funny to see people’s reactions to sentences such as, “I need a new bladder, mine keeps leaking.” Immature humor aside, I’ve been on the hunt…

My Love Affair With Darn Tough Socks Continues

I thought it was impossible to improve on the perfection that is Darn Tough’s ¼ Hike/Trek Sock. Then I met the Light Hiker Micro Crew. As the name implies, it’s a lighter sock, which is something I was in desperate need of this summer. My feet tend to sweat (yes this has already come up…

Your New BFF Flipbelt

Even for beginner runners, the issue of where to put your stuff while you run is an important one – especially for women. If you’ve shopped for any women’s pants/shorts/anything that goes on your bottom half, you’ve probably noticed that they are severely lacking in the pockets department. This is most true with women’s running clothes. They either have no pockets or…

Campground Lighting – How To Not Stumble Blindly In The Dark

Not to state the obvious, but it gets pretty freaking dark when you’re out in the wilderness (or at the campground not actually that far from civilization). Having a good lantern and/or headlamp is essential to not breaking your ankle on your way to the bathroom at night, or for any activity you plan on…

From The Ground Up: Beginner’s Guide to Hiking Boots

“I’m just starting out, I don’t need hiking boots,” I whined to my boyfriend. I hiked the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland in just sneakers and survived, despite the trail being less of a trail and more just rocks and boulders. So why did I need to buy hiking boots? Hiking boots can be expensive,…