This month has been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least. We’ve covered a lot of miles and visited some of our favorite Colorado mountain towns. The days are still hot, but the mountain nights are starting to get that familiar chill in the air. Last night, in Crested Butte (where we’ve set up a mobile office for a few days) the temperature dipped to 38 degrees overnight, chilly! Our shadows have that late-in-the-summer look to them. While in truth – summer is still in full swing, we can tell fall is on the horizon. Thought the thought is bittersweet, it’s still pretty sweet. We love fall in Colorado. The mosquitos will finally be at bay, the crowded mountains seem to return to their peaceful silence, and the aspens shine bright with their brilliant hues of orange, red, and yellow. Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves… It is still 100 degrees in Denver today. We’ve been on the road for five straight months and we know a thing or two about gear that’s made to last. Check out some of the gear that keeps us groovin’ in this months Gear on the Go.
Stio: Eddy Shirt LS (Men’s and Women’s)
The Eddy Shirt from Stio has become our go-to mountain shirt. The water- and wind-resistant long-sleeve can take you from the mountain, lake, or river straight into the office. When you’re on the road and a washing machine is a few hundred miles away this is the shirt you want. It’s hard to keep clothes looking nice in a van, but we store our Eddies in our perpetually cramped drawers and they always look crisp every time we dig them out. Stio is a mountain-inspired apparel company born in Jackson, Wyoming. Their clothing is built tough, and our dirty wardrobe can attest to the durability of their products. We primarily use our Eddy shirts to shield the high altitude sun in the mountains. The Eddy offers a UPF rating of 50+ which helps when you are spending the majority of the day above the tree line. Above all else, the Eddy is comfortable and it looks nice no matter if you are in the mountains or in town – making at a versatile shirt for most occasions.
Want to turn your current vehicle into an all-out adventure rig? The Falcon is the latest in Roofnest’s line of lightweight, easy to use rooftop tents. The Falcon attaches to any vehicle with crossbars using Roofnest’s Univeral Mounting System, and it takes just minutes to install. When collapsed, the Falcon is only seven inches tall, which helps save gas mileage. Really want to step your game up? The Falcon has two accessory channels on all four sides for mounting light bars or an awning. You also have the option to add a set of crossbars that can carry a bike, kayak, or skis. During our travels, we’ve seen many different styles of rooftop tents. None take you from fully collapsed, to open and ready for bed more quickly than Roofnest. The Falcon is equipped with gas struts that essentially do all of the work for you. There is also room in the collapsed tent to stash your bedding, so you know one your tent is popped, you can hop in and get some rest.
Leki knows a thing or two about making trekking poles. They’ve been in the business for over 60 years. The Legacy Lite COR-TEC AS brings together all of that experience. These poles feature Leki’s ultra-lite, high-tensile strength aluminum shafts, and we can tell you from experience they can handle some serious abuse. (We even took a pair skiing this spring.) Available in both men’s and women’s specific versions these are the poles you want if you need something that can take a beating but also won’t break the bank. These poles are an incredible value and are the perfect all-round pole for any hiker in any environment. The COR-TEC grip keeps your hand happy all day long and the Dynamic Suspension System antishock feature reduces peak impacts as much as 40 percent. This helps protect your muscles, joints, and ligaments so you can hike longer and stronger.
There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!”