With the rising popularity of outdoor recreation and the ease of nature fueled escapes from the city, companies are rushing to meet the demand for more stylish, outdoorsy, and convenient products. We know that searching through hundreds of ultra-light puffy jackets and gloves can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites that also have the longevity of our planet in mind.
Whether you are an avid backpacker planning for a multi-day expedition or a die-hard foodie looking to get out for your first day hike, these sustainable products are sure to get you ready for an upcoming season spent outdoors.
North Face’s Thermoball Hoody is designed to provide a surprising amount of warmth in an incredibly lightweight jacket. The North Face products are warrantied to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product, but only if purchased from an authorized The North Face reseller.
Salomon | OUTline Mid GTX (Men’s & Women’s) | $150
Another stylish option is the new Salomon OUTline, which offers a fine looking hybrid sneaker-hiking boot. The shoe is made with traction soles for the trails and fun colors for the city. We’d recommend this boot for day hikers and short overnight trips as it’s lightweight, waterproof and has solid ankle support. Salomon also donates 1% of their annual revenue towards education initiatives focused on responsible recreation.
Hydro Flask | 12 oz Coffee Mug | $29.95
Whether you’re running to work or slowly sipping a coffee while watching the sunrise, this reusable coffee mug will keep your drink warm and delicious. Hydro Flasks are known for their impressive TempShield™ double wall vacuum technology and this brand new Coffee Mug brings the classic technology to a new product for the caffeine hounds among us. We also like the no drip lid and the soft touch of the mug.
Princeton Tec | Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern | $49.99
Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, Princeton Tec’s Helix Backcountry Rechargeable Lantern eliminates the need to burn through disposable batteries during every camping trip. The collapsable lantern features a “swipe” control surface instead of buttons and allows you to switch between a dimmable white and dimmable red mode. It is water resistant, so don’t let those rainy days discourage you from getting outside!
SWISSGEAR | 1900 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack
The SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack is made with durable, weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester to withstand heavy use and harsh conditions. Its padded back panel with Airflow ventilation technology provides added support and comfort. It’s perfect for day hikes or commuting around town.
The Wonderbag | Portable Slow Cooker | $39.99
This portable slow cooker cooks food (after initially being brought to a boil) for up to eight hours without the use of any additional energy. The Wonderbag is a great way to have some freshly cooked, hot food during a camping trip with minimal effort. And with every purchase of a Wonderbag, one dollar is donated to the Wonderbag Foundation, which helps host Wonderbag feasts in vulnerable communities worldwide.
Helping people #optoutside during all weather conditions, Columbia Men’s and Women’s Watertight II Jacket is crafted of a waterproof nylon shell durable enough to withstand anything from drizzle to downpour at a moment’s notice. This awesome rain jacket features an abrasion-resistant chin guard, two zippered side pockets, elastic cuffs, and an elastic hem. Crafted of a waterproof 100% nylon shell, this rain jacket is lightweight while remaining protective. It also packs into your hand pocket.
Peak Designs | Travel Backpack 45L | $299.95
The Peak Designs Travel Backpack is a modern-day pack perfect for anything from hauling camera gear across the Pacific to carrying clothes for a weekend getaway. The 35-L bag meets international carry-on size requirements, but can also be expanded to 45-L when more capacity is necessary. A 100% recycled nylon canvas shell and weatherproof zips ensure your gear stays dry even during the harshest conditions, so even if you get wet, at least your gear won’t.
Tobe | Corium Undercuff Glove | $139.95
With a stylish leather exterior and an insulated interior, the Corium Undercuff glove is perfect for use anywhere from the city streets to the ski slopes. A 100% recycled waterproof and windproof membrane is sure to keep you warm and dry while also maintaining a level of breathability to keep you comfortable in any condition.
ECO Lunchbox | ECO Adventure Kit | $41.50
This eco-friendly reusable mess kit comes with everything you need to heat, serve, and store food for a camping or hiking trip. The stainless steel lunchbox, spork, and pot gripper makes eating hot meals in the backcountry a breeze, without the use of plastics. And after a long day on the trail, the convenience will be a welcomed pleasure!
Victorinox Swiss Army | Alliance Sport Chronograph | $495.00
Sporty meets classic with the new Alliance Sport Chronograph watch by Victorinox. This athlete friendly watch includes leather and rubber band options, a scratch resistant face and stainless steel or PVD case, making it perfect for the office or the trail.
Josh Laskin is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. When he is not at work or on the road, you can find him in the mountains snowboarding, climbing, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, and eating bagel bites.