Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best lightweight 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. I’ve had two great pairs of lightweight gloves that I love, so I’m pitting them against each other to help you decide for yourself. It’s The North Face’s Women’s…

Why beginner hikers should consider hiking/trekking poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) What even are trekking poles? 2) Why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Most versatile shorts for hiking

Considering this is the second gear guide 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 be considered…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Best lightweight layer for hiking

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: Best Cooler for Under $100

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…