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Mountain Standard Hooded Down Jacket

The folks behind Mountain Standard have designed gear for other outdoor brands ranging from Salomon to Manduka over the years. But they wanted to create apparel that people like them, who actually live in mountain towns, would want to use. Take this warm, smart hooded puffy: You’ll most likely see us rocking it around town all winter long. $179 |




My Trail CO Backpack Light 50L

GoLite was on the cutting edge of the fast-and-light trail movement. Fans of the brand mourned its demise, but they can now rejoice. GoLite head honcho Demetri Coupounas launched My Trail CO to bring that same ethic back in an age when the movement he started has become the norm. This two-pound, 1.5-ounce pack certainly proved no-nonsense and easy-to-haul on a recent trip into the Weminuche Wilderness. $149 |



Suerte Tequila Reposado

While the focus on Colorado drinkables is almost always on craft beer, Suerte founders Laurence Spiewak and Lance Sokol wanted to re-create the type of tequila they found in Mexico. The result? This pure, oaky 100-percent agave reposado that will have you feeling like Benicio del Toro on a bender. $36 |





Venture Snowboards Storm Splitboard

With its experts-only mountain (founded by core snowboarder Aaron Brill), Silverton lays claim to the title Biggest Badass Town in Colorado. That’s why Klemens and Lisa Branner have always built their boards here and played in the backcountry with like-minded souls. The Storm Split is the ideal board for this lifestyle, a performer in powder that can also rail, and it allows for easy split-and-skin access to those big backcountry lines. $899 |


Melanzana Micro Grid Dress

Sewing away in the highest town in North America, Melanzana is one of the very few brands that actually makes its technical outdoor apparel right here in the Centennial State. A variation of its ever-popular—and oh, so comfortable—micro grid fleece, this dress adds a bit of style to your weekend adventure. We love it for hut trips. $79 |




Meier Skis Colorado Native

There’s really no excuse not to buy handmade wood skis from a company crafting those sticks in your home state. Meier prides itself on sustainable production, which is disturbingly rare in the ski industry, and uses local suppliers as much as possible. This limited edition screams native pride, and at 88mm underfoot, it rips up the groomers on those frontside resort days when you want to scare the tourists. $795 |

Phunkshun Wear Colorado Classic Neck Tube

Denver-based Phunkshun crafts a wide range of cool neck and face protection that proves to be the most important piece of gear you stuff in your pack. This neck tube tells the world you live where they want to live. $20 |





Stillwater Brands Clockwork Coffee

While out-of-staters love to make jokes about Colorado’s legal weed, forward thinkers and entrepreneurs in-state keep dreaming up new ways to enjoy the benefits of marijuana. One of our favorites is this cannabis instant coffee. It comes in 5- and 10-mg options so you can moderate your high, and it’s ideal for mornings backpacking or other time off the grid where you can responsibly enjoy the mellow uplift of blending caffeine and cannaboids. $25 |



Loki All in One Tech Hoody

Out on the Western Slope, Loki has been re-thinking functional apparel for action lovers since 1997. The selling point is that this apparel shapeshifts: Built-in hoodies and mittens pack away into the piece. This hoody shines as a multi-functional layer that can take on any adventure from cold days biking in Fruita to scrambling up fourteeners and skiing at Powderhorn. $99 |




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