Soaking in hot mineral waters hits differently this time of year: icicles lining the nearby creek, lazy snowflakes falling as the steam drifts off the water…you’re transported to a near-meditative state of relaxation in a beautiful contrast of winter cold and warmth of geothermal pools.
After exploring some of our seasonal favorites—and a few new-found gems—this season, we’ve dialed in a must-bring list of hot springing gear for your next geothermal adventure.
YETI Yonder 25oz Water Bottle
If there’s one tip to soaking, it’s stay hydrated! And if there’s one common courtesy we’ve found while indulging in pools, it’s to leave the glass at home and if you’re hiking into a backcountry hot spring, keep it light. Cue the new YETI Yonder 25oz bottle. The bottle is BPA-free and features YETI’s iconic leakproof Yonder cap that allows you to twist the top for a smaller mouth or twist from the base for quick filling from any fresh water source.
Looking for a snuggly, yet functional option for drying off and staying warm while soaking this winter? Skip the towel and pack a Dryrobe instead. We tested this product for several months and it has delivered time and time again. The Dryrobe advance short sleeve model features waterproof and windproof outer shell fabric made from 100% recycled nylon and wonderfully warm and cozy synthetic lambswool lining made from 100% recycled polyester. It also has all the pockets for all the things including deep, fleece-lined external zip pockets, an internal soft-lined pocket and waterproof zip entry pocket (for your phone/wallet).
VSSL Insulated Flask with Bluetooth Speaker
Once you have your fill of the sounds of babbling brooks and distant chirping birds, grab your VSSL and get some tunes going. And supplement those tunes with your favorite beverage…all from the same place! VSSL is known for their sleek stainless steel flask design, but the VSSL Insulated Flask with Bluetooth Speaker integrates a removable bluetooth speaker. Enjoy your favorite bevy while dancing, soaking, or hiking to your favorite jam.
Adidas SP0060 Injected Aviator Sunglasses
Keep your eyes protected from that seemingly every-present Colorado sun while bringing the style factor up a notch with the Adidas SP0060 Injected Aviator Sunglasses. These shades are wonderfully light, stay put on long hikes and feature the Kolor Up™ lenses, prividng crips, detailed chromatic vision and increased visual precision.
Chaco Chillos Slide
Are you ready for the perfect hot spring slip on? The Chaco Chillos are our go-to from home to the hot spring. The Chillos are made of blown-EVA foam, making them ultralight and they feature the brand’s iconic LUVSEAT arch support construction. The Chillos are the result of form meeting function…all while providing the support we need to get to and around the places we love to go. They feature adjustable strapping to dial in and secure the fit and come in a variety of colors to match our style!
Nocs Provisions Standard Issue Waterproof Binoculars (Voyager Collection, 8×25)
If you enjoy wildlife viewing from the pool, the Nocs Provisions Standard Issue 8×25 binoculars are essential. These optics pack a solid viewing experience into a compact, durable package. These binoculars are built with a non-slip, rubberized impact-absorbing outer layer, making them a great option for travel – by air, car, or on the trail. They are also waterproof, fog-proof and feature scratch-resistant lenses. We loved how they fit perfectly in hand (even for our kiddos) and the hi-vis colors mean they don’t get lost in our packs.