Gear Guide: North Face Women’s Etip Gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full-swing here in Colorado. The hunt for gloves is on. I bought the North Face Women’s Etip gloves about three years ago (on sale). They’ve been a great lightweight, all-purpose glove that I can…

Gear Guide: The Best $15 Water Shoes You’ll Ever Buy

If you’re going tubing on a river, you’ll need a pair of shoes to float in that you either don’t care about in case they get lost, or water shoes that will actually stay on your feet. Since I only had one pair of flip flops and a killer sock tan, I went for the…

Gear Guide: Camelbak Hydration Pack

You may be thinking to yourself, “but Laura, you can’t even run a 10k. Why would you need a hydration pack?” I already covered this last week. The short version is: because running is really hard and I like snacks. I see a lot of runners, including my fiance, rocking Ultimate Direction packs. I tried…

Gear Guide: Patagonia’s Barely Baggies and Baggies Long Shorts

Considering this is the second gear guide this summer where I’ve waxed poetic about some super expensive article of outdoorsy clothing, I feel like I need to start this post off with a disclaimer. I strongly believe that you do not need a bunch of expensive outdoors-specific gear in order to enjoy the outdoors or…

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: The Best Affordable Blender

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

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…