Gear Guide Early Summer 2011



1. Petzl Tikka XP 2 Core Headlamp Bright, customizable with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with the lifespan of 900 AAA batteries. This lamp effectively reduces planetary waste and saving your hard-earned cash for more fun purchases. Free computer software allows you to configure personalized lighting settings. $110

2. Patagonia Wisco Shirt: Ride ‘em cowboy! The Western-style Wisco is comfy and modern with snap buttons and a front pocket. Made from organic cotton. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program. $59

3. Sherpa Adventure Gear Om Jacket: Don’t be fooled, this jacket looks and feels like down, but is actually filled with recycled synthetic PrimaLoft® ECO for warmth..even in wet conditions. The recycled polyester shell is windproof, water resistant and compressible. $129

4. Millet Low Impact Triaxiale Rope: Save the Earth one rope at a time.This climbing rope takes half the energy used to create comparable ropes by blending in uncolored strands, using one-color packaging and eliminating the dry treatment, while still maintaining the safety and longevity of any Millet rope. $250

5. Mammut Rock Pant: Stretchy, abrasion-resistant fabrics make this pant ideal for indoor or outdoor climbing. Organic cotton makes it kind to Mother Earth. Also styling for a post-climb brew. $99

6. Scarpa Epic Shoes: Scramble and hike with ease in these approach/trail shoes. Made for all-day comfort and packed with planet-friendly features: recycled polyester mesh, laces and synthetic leather, plus an EcoPure® EVA additive to promote landfill decomposition. $95

7. FITS Hiking Crew Socks: Made in America’s oldest operating hoisery mill, FITS Merino wool socks fit precisely and are made of sustainable fabric. $19


8. Outdoor Research Frescoe Tee:Cute and funky, this recycled polyester and organic cotton tee travels well and has FreshGuard® odor neutralization to keep you stink free, even after profuse sweat-fests. $38

9. Elete CitriLyte Electroyte Add-In: Headquartered locally in Ogden, Elete’s CitriLyte electrolyte concentrate gives water a light citrus flavor and adds replenishing minerals: sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, zinc and citric acid. Contains no calories, carbs or artificial ingredients. Great for hydration on summer days. 2 oz. bottle $7.50

10. Haiku Rumi Blossom Backpack: Keep 51 plastic bottles out of the landfill with this his hip, TSA-friendly laptop bag made from CyclePET. Water bottle pockets, laptop compartment and hideaway waist belt make it perfect for travel. $118

11. Mammut Caprice Pant: Climbing duds you’ll feel good about wearing. Made under fair working conditions from 100% bioRe® cotton without the use of harmful substances or metals. Plus, they’re stretchy and provide freedom of movement for tricky maneuvers. $99

12. El Naturalista® Palma Sandals: Dedicated to using green materials and practices whenever possible, El Naturalista’s unique sandals feature a natural degradable rubber sole, vegetable-tanned leather and recycled carbon insoles. Super comfy! $145


13. Smith Optics Evolve Sunglasses: Most sunglass frames are made of petroleum-based nylon, but Smith Optics’ new Rilsan Clear® material replaces 53% of the chemicals with resin from organic castor plants. More durable than nylon, this material makes for a better performing, greener product that costs the same as standard styles. Each pair comes in a coconut fiber storage bag inside a recycled box. Prices vary.

14. Mammut Explore Shirt: Blaze the trail in this polyester and odor-neutralizing Cocona (coconut fiber) travel shirt. Features cooling back ventilation, ample pockets for shades and passports, UV protection and an insect-repellent coating. $69

15. Patagonia First Sun Jacket: Tote this weightless windbreaker on early morning hikes in iffy weather. Built with a blend of recycled polyester and nylon that blocks wind and has UPF 40 sun protection. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program. $99

16. Ibex D-lux Boxer: Stay cool during summer adventures in these loose-fitting Merino wool boxers. Made with ZqueTM-certified wool that ensures fiber production protects animal welfare, promotes environmental, social and economic sustainability and is traceable to its source. $45

17. Zuke’s Mean Greenz™ Superfood Organic Dog Biscuits: Keep Rover happy with nutritious treats made from organic oats, barley, molasses and a slew of green vegetables. Not only is this product green in color, Zuke’s packaging is made from 100% recycled paperboard in America at a wind-powered facility. $9

18. Nikwax Sandal Wash: Keep your favorite flips in prime condition so you can keep them forever! Named one of the UK’s greenest companies, Nikwax makes their products out of water-based emulsions to prevent ozone depletion and global warming. Washes are non-toxic, non-flammable and not tested on animals. Prices vary. $7

19. Chaco Hobo Flip EcoTread: Why are Chacos so comfortable? Thank their curved LUVSEAT™ footbed, which promotes proper alignment, provides arch support and controls overpronation. The new EcoTread™ outsole is made of 25% recycled content, and the ReChaco program lets you keep yours longer by having them repaired, rewebbed or resoled for an affordable price. $70


20. Ibex Echo Short Sleeve Tee:Regulate your temperature in this ZqueTM-certified, lightweight Merino wool tee. ZqueTM ensures that this product is made with environmentally and socially responsible practices. Made in the USA. $79

21. Helly Hansen Ekolab Recycler Jacket: Stay dry in a downpour in this 100% recycled polyester jacket. Offers superior weather protection in a planet-friendly package and features updated stretch zones for comfort, pit-zip ventilation, water-resistant zippers and stowable hood. $350

22. Polarmax® TransDRY Boy Shorts: Keep your buns covered in these TransDRY cotton boy shorts. Similar to regular cotton, but breathable, moisture wicking and quick drying. Polarmax® products are made in the USA with all manufacturing, warehouse and shipping activities done in a 15-mile radius. $30

23. Ocean Minded Tamaraok Sandals: Sport these head-turning sandals post-yoga and you’ll also be doing good things for the earth. Comfortable for days of wear and composed of recycled components like PET lining, rubber outsole and foam midsole. Ocean Minded also makes eco-efforts in the community by hosting beach clean-ups and partnering with non-profit organizations. $65

24. Gramicci Kalika Pant: Breathe deeply in this flattering workout pant. Made from a blend of sustainable hemp, organic cotton and spandex, it won’t stretch out, even after many downward facing dogs. Gramicci is a fair labor manufacturer and focuses on sustainable processes. $66


25. Gramicci Mali Henley Shirt: Pesticide-free hemp and cotton are blended to create this anti-odor, ventilated, UPF 20 performance shirt. Low impact dyes reduce water and energy consumption. $32

26. Mammut Blazing Hoody: From climbing to camping, this cozy hoody is your new outdoor companion. Made from bioRe® organic cotton using sustainable practices with fleece-lining for ultimate comfort. $89

27. Innate Portal Travel Envelopes: Organize camping and travel items with these weatherproof envelopes made from repurposed and recycled fabrics. Available individually or in sets that include a clip for organization. Set of three, $34

28. Klymit Inertia X Frame Pad: Winner of multiple awards, this locally-made camping pad is the lightest, greenest, most compact one available. Weighing just 9.1 ounces and packing down to the size of a Red Bull, the pad is body mapped to support you in key zones while eliminating excess material for reduced bulk and weight. A must for backpackers. $100

29. Ocean Minded Sandscape Sandals: Relax your feet in these beach-inspired sandals with massaging footbed. Recycled materials and environmentally responsible practices, like water-based adhesives, help reduce their planetary impact. $36


30. Mammut Elena Shirt: Climb, hike and lounge freely with the Elena tee. Made with 95% organic cotton and 5% elasthane for a stretchy, cute fit. $35

31. Patagonia Guide Vest: Perfect for days when a jacket is too much protection. Made of polyester from recycled soda bottles with a Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) coating and hood to keep storms from ruining your day. They run big, so buy a size down. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program. $125

32. Ibex Jaci Capris: Better called a long short than a true capri, these are ideal for yoga or running and are made from natural New Zealand Merino wool for temperature regulation in any weather. $75

33. Lorpen Comfort Life Socks: Slip your feet into these silky socks made of Modal, a cellulose fiber spun from beech trees. The created yarn is comfortable, 50% more absorbent than cotton and entirely sustainable. Lorpen furthers its ecological efforts by using recyclable packaging and sustainable manufacturing. $8


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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