Your outdoor gear can make-or-break your enjoyment of your outdoor activities.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune…especially if you don’t feel the need to have your favorite item in every color! But you need to invest in decent gear for comfort, weather protection and durability.
Those of us in the Active Outdoor Women community aren’t climbing Mount Everest or kayaking across Lake Superior. We’re not scaling Half Dome or even through-hiking the Appalachian Trail (although it’d be cool if some of us were!).
But even we ordinary outdoor lovers need decent gear.
If it’s raining or snowing, we want to stay dry. If it’s cold, we want to stay warm. If it’s hot, we want to stay cool. If we’re hiking or paddling for hours, we don’t want blisters either on our feet or our hands.
Most of the gear I’ll review on AOW is stuff I own and use. Chances are, if it’s on the site, I love it and have used it regularly for at least one full season.
More and more companies are making and selling apparel and footwear for outdoor recreation. There are the names most of us know — The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, LL Bean, Cabelas, REI…the list goes on.
And new companies are cropping up, too—especially online—that produce their own line of clothing and gear for us outdoor lovers. Many of them are small businesses, and we want to support them.
If you’ve got a favorite clothing or gear item you rave about to everyone you meet, let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want your recommendations, too!
I have an affiliate relationship with a company in Florida called OutdoorPlay. You’ll see links here and there to sales pages on their site. If you click here on AOW and buy there, I’ll get a small percentage of the sale. If you decide to do that—thank you!
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