Spring Gear for Trail Seekers and Travelers

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This spring season, give your outdoorsy and globe-trotting friends a gift that will compliment their adventurous spirit. Here’s a roundup of items essentials for a gear refresh, along with a few goodies you wouldn’t expect, to elevate their next excursion!



Helly Hansen M/W LIFALOFT Air Insulator Jacket, $300

Packable and lightweight, the LIFALOFT Air Hooded Insulator Jacket is warmer and minimizes bulk compared to other insulated options. Great for hikers, backcountry skiers or anyone on your list looking for a new trusted jacket, LIFALOFT Air is a lighter and warmer insulation with maximum breathability and a lightweight feel making this the ideal jacket for high output activities.

Benchmade 535BK-4 Bugout, $275

The Benchmade 535BK-4 Bugout is the perfect tool for any gear enthusiast on the move. This pocketknife is a perfect go-to that’s easy to carry and is a stunning example of craftsmanship with a detail-laden milling pattern throughout the handle and eye-catching red barrel spacers and thumb stud, making it the perfect carry for anyone on the go. Equipped with the M390 super premium stainless-steel blade and 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum handle, the 535BK-4 won’t weigh you down on multi-day trail adventures and won’t let you down when you need it to perform.

Danner M/W Trail 2650 Campo GTX, $200

Outsmart the weather this holiday season with the new Trail 2650 Campo GTX. It’s designed with GORE-TEX Invisible Fit Technology ⎯ a bonded membrane that creates a reliable waterproof barrier with superior breathability and sock-like comfort. Inspired by the versatile terrain of the Pacific Crest Trail, this lightweight shoe is built to endure a variety of weather elements. Perfect for hitting the trails or exploring a new city on a walking tour.

Helly Hansen Generator Backpack, $180

Intended for everything from day hiking to mountain biking, the 20L Generator Backpack combines all of the things you love in a fully featured outdoor backpack, in a compact excursion-ready size. The large U-shaped opening makes for easy access to the main compartment, while also including an expandable front stuff pocket for extra storage. The fully adjustable harness system and stretch mesh hip belt pockets allow for a fit that is both customizable and comfortable.

Beyond Clothing Ultra Lochi K3 Jacket, $225

Pack two styles in one with the fully reversible Beyond Ultra Lochi K3 Jacket. Featuring 20-denier quilted micro ripstop treated with DWR on both sides of the jacket, the Ultra Lochi K3 is wind resistant, moisture wicking, breathable and fast drying – great for any PNW trail adventure. It utilizes PrimaLoft® Black Bio insulation, which retains warmth when wet and is crafted from completely biodegradable, 100% post-consumer recycled content. With technical features such as the fully adjustable hood and self-stowing pocket, the Beyond Ultra Lochi K3 is perfect for hitting the trails, but is also practical enough to be worn jet setting around the globe.

GRAYL UltraPress Filter and Purifier Bottle, $90

The new UltraPress Filter and Purifier from GRAYL features a sleek, lightweight design suitable for a multitude of activities. A driving factor in its development was to ensure its ability to transition between outdoor adventure and everyday use. The bottles’ hinged FlipCarry™ handle allows for effortless functionality/mobility, and the drink-thru spout delivers a fast flow of water to quickly quench thirst and make sharing easy. The UltraPress is featured in vibrant new tonal colors inspired by nature, plus the bold yet subtle colors of the Covert Collection.

Helly Hansen M/W Verglas 3L Shell Jacket, $325

This jacket from Helly Hansen is a perfect fit for the view-seeking, trail-walking, hiker in your life. Designed to perform mountainside, this hardshell jacket excels in unpredictable weather conditions and will quickly become a trusted trail companion. The jacket includes extremely waterproof/breathable HELLY TECH® Professional build and a responsible PFC-free water repellent treatment. The hard shell delivers max protection and layering capability.

Altra Timp 4, $160

The Timp has remained on the trail shoe leaderboard since its first release in 2017, and the every model since then only builds on its good reputation. It fills that perfect Goldilocks role in between minimalist and maximalist, so it’s a no-brainer for runners or hikers looking for a reliable shoe for everything from short jaunts on mountain roads to long adventures far off the beaten path. The Timp is supportive without sacrificing ground-feel, durable without getting too bulky, and nimble without losing traction on loose ground. Altra’s classic Footshape design shines through on this shoe for unrestricted comfort that lets your foot sit and flex the way nature intended.

Goodr Sunglasses, $25

You can never go wrong with a good pair of sunnies, and Goodr puts a funky spin on this essential piece of gear. With names like “Sunbathing with Wizards” and “Freshly Baked Man Buns”, there’s no stopping the smile from spreading across your face the moment you put them on. That’s the whole point of these glasses — to put fun first, while also protecting your precious eyeballs from the sun’s rays. And protect they do, with UV400 polarization and grip coating that keeps them from slipping off your face no matter what you put them through. They’re lightweight enough that you’ll barely notice their presence, but tough enough to last through multiple seasons of outdoor adventure in any environment.

Darn Tough Limited Edition Hiker Micro Crew Hiking Sock, $23

This is the only sock you’ll ever need. Technically speaking, thanks to Darn Tough’s distinctive lifetime warranty, that’s the honest truth. The Midweight Micro Crew is the most popular sock in Darn Tough’s lineup because there are so few occasions that it wouldn’t fit the bill for. Hiking, camping, traveling, and everyday comfort are all perfect fits. They’ve become a staple for thru-hikers and day trekkers alike. These limited edition colors elevate the classic colorblock style that this sock has always featured, using spare yarn in new tones and combinations that won’t be seen again. And yes, it’s really true: these socks are guaranteed for life. Send them back at any time, for any reason, and receive a brand new pair in their stead.

BN3TH Runner’s High Short 

The 2-in-1 Runner’s High Short finds the happy middle ground between comfort and performance. It’s not quite a compression short, thanks to the loose second layer and perforations along the back yoke for better airflow, but the added structure of the compression layer underneath helps it keep up – and stay up – on more rigorous adventures. Quick drying and moisture wicking, these shorts can stand up to fluctuating spring weather too. IONIC+ No Stink Technology built into the inside liner is the design extra perk you never knew you needed, until you realize that you’ve been able to wear your new favorite pair of shorts for the last four days straight without driving away all of your friends. That makes these shorts fit for everything from a week’s worth of runs to short backpacking trips.